Eldora, I-70 Spared From Damage By Colorado Floods

Posted by Craig Altschul
Craig Altschul
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on Monday, 16 September 2013 in News

Eldora Mountain Resort, the ski area about 20 miles west of Boulder in Nederland, did not sustain any damages from the devastating floods that have hit Colorado.


"The ski area is on higher ground and most of the flood damage is in the canyons below," Eldora's Rob Linde told SnoCountry.com. He said access to the ski area is somewhat difficult right now, but it is too early to know if there will be any longer-term access issues for ski season.


The actual number of roads damaged or destroyed is unknown at this time. However, sections of U.S. highways 119, 36 and 72, which all lead to Eldora, and a number of other mountain roads are heavily damaged and may be closed for some time, according to news reports.


There has been no significant damage to I-70, which leads from the Denver Metropolitan Area to Summit and Eagle Counties, home of Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Vail and Beaver Creek. However, Highway 50 over Monarch Pass, a key route for travelers to Monarch and Crested Butte did sustain damage from a rock slide, but has been re-opened.


Thirty highway bridges are reportedly destroyed, 20 are seriously damaged, and transportation officials tell news outlets they suspect 20 others are damaged. CoTrip.org has a full list of road and highway closures. Be sure to check road condition reports before venturing out.


Photo: Eldora Mountain Resort

Tags: Eldora, floods
Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association. He lives in the mountains of New Mexico.


Tom Horrocks Friday, 20 September 2013

Some of us grew up skiing at that tiny little mountain! Many fond memories skiing Eldora from elementary school through College.:)

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