ELDORA “PLAY FOREVER” SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE TO REDUCE EMISSIONS AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN BOULDER COUNTY
ELDORA WILL OFFER FREE HOV PARKING THROUGHOUT ITS OPERATING SEASON AND FREE RTD BUS TICKETS ON CERTAIN WEEKENDS AND WILL IMPLEMENT PAID PARKING ON PEAK DAYS FOR VEHICLES WITH FEWER THAN THREE OCCUPANTS
NOTE: THIS ANNOUCNEMENT HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF 12/11/18 AT 8:32PM. MORE INFO
NEDERLAND, Colo. Dec. 7, 2018 – Eldora Mountain, Boulder’s backyard playground and part of POWDR, an adventure lifestyle company, announced today as part of Play Forever, Eldora’s comprehensive sustainability commitment, changes that aim to reduce congestion in Eldora’s parking lots and on its access roads and to protect the places we love to play. A traffic study commissioned by Eldora during the 2017-18 season showed the average number of occupants per vehicle arriving in Eldora’s parking lots to be fewer than two people. This initiative aims to incentivize higher vehicle occupancy, carpooling, and alternative transportation, especially on peak-visitation days.
Eldora will offer:
- Free Parking – COME WITH THREE, PARK FOR FREE! Every day of the season, vehicles carrying three or more passengers to Eldora will park for free. On most non-peak-visitation days—roughly 70% of the season—any vehicle, no matter how many passengers, will also park for free.
- Free RTD bus tickets – Eldora has the great fortune of being the only ski area served by RTD, Colorado’s largest public transportation system, with regular bus service from downtown Boulder straight to the Alpenglow chairlift and back, via the N Route. Riders can easily connect to the N Route at Boulder Station from any point within the Denver region, and take advantage of numerous free weekend parking areas within Boulder County. Eldora will provide free bus day passes to all riders on the 8:10 AM and 10:10 AM RTD N Route buses from Boulder Transit Center (1800 14th St) to Eldora on certain Saturdays and Sundays through the peak season. This offer will initially take place on 12/8–9 and 12/15–16, with additional weekends to be determined. Visit RTD-Denver.com for bus schedules and information, and RSVP here.
Eldora will implement:
- Fee parking – On peak-visitation days—Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and to-be-determined high-traffic week days between December 15 and April 14—vehicles with fewer than three occupants will be required to pay a per-vehicle parking fee of $20 at a parking payment kiosk or on the PassportParking Mobile Pay app. For the remainder of the 2018-19 season, Eldora season passholders are eligible to waive the parking fee by registering their car with Eldora (one vehicle per Eldora season passholder age 16+). However, we very strongly encourage all guests to use RTD and to carpool whenever possible.
“Being responsible stewards of our environment is a core value for Eldora and for POWDR, and we hope all visitors will take part in helping to protect it,” says Brent Tregaskis, president and general manager of Eldora. “We want to make it easy to enjoy all that Eldora has to offer. We are continuing to work with Boulder County on creating additional parking at the resort, as our vision aligns with theirs—to reduce congestion and traffic, and to protect the environment.”
In addition to incentivizing higher vehicle occupancy and reducing congestion, Eldora’s Play Forever Initiative includes resource-conservation measures, composting and recycling programs, employee carpool and bus alternatives, a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2025 alongside the town of Nederland, the elimination of plastic drinking straws, and the printing of trail maps on paper derived from environmentally friendly calcium carbonate. Read more about Play Forever here.
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