Copper Mountain owner adds Eldora Mountain Resort near Boulder to its quiver of ski areas
Steamboat works with Copper and Edlora on Super Pass
A pair of Colorado ski areas that already play ball with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. have become step-siblings, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
The Daily Camera reported June 6 that Utah-based Powdr Corp. has purchased Eldora Mountain Resort, 21 miles west of Boulder. Powdr also owns Copper Mountain, and both of those ski areas are already collaborating with Steamboat on the Rocky Mountain Super Pass.
The Super Pass affords skiers unlimited access to Copper, Eldora and Steamboat’s sibling, Winter Park, for one price ($569 for adults through June 30). Passholders also get six days at Steamboat, three days at Crested Butte and seven days each at a handful of resorts in New Zealand and Japan.
Powdr CEO John Cumming said in a news release that his company was eager to expand its presence in Colorado. In addition to Copper, Powdr already owned seven other resorts including Killington, Vermont, and Mount Bachelor, Oregon.
Eldora has been jousting with the U.S. Forest Service over its ambitions to expand terrain with mixed results.
On Oct. 1, 2015, the ski area was granted permission to make improvements within its existing boundary; however, a decision to allow expansion on Eldora’s northern and southern boundaries was deferred until the ski area can achieve more widespread accord on environmental issues with “interested parties” among the public.
Former longtime Eldora owner William Killebrew said in a news release he believes Powdr’s leadership is well prepared to move forward.
“When we decided to consider selling Eldora, we wanted to put our resort in the best hands possible, and Powdr was the first company that came to mind,” Killebrew said.
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