There are lots of connections between a resort ski patrol and the local medical community, and the staff here at Eldora wanted to help our own in this time of crisis. So in April, our patrollers went to work gathering PPE donations, including masks and buffs, for first responders in the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department, local healthcare workers, and additional media partners. All-in-all more than 300 pieces of protective gear were collected.
“We had extra PPE at the resort that wasn’t going to be used this season because of the timing of our closure,” says Eldora Patrol Director Travis Brock. “We heard about partners in the medical, safety and emergency community that were running low on PPE so we felt it was the right thing to do to donate what we could.”
By mid-May, the resort had donated 110 N95 masks to frontline workers at the Boulder Community Health hospital, UC Health’s Longmont primary care clinic, and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office for use by front line street deputies.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s office showed its appreciation with an April 2 Tweet: “We want to give a huge shout out to Eldora Mountain Resort for donating masks to the sheriff’s office. We greatly appreciate the support we have from our community.”
We also collected Buff face coverings for staff of local news stations and F&B employees. In that effort, 100 Buffs went to local ABC affiliate Channel 7 for reporters and camera operators, and an additional 120 went to employees at community restaurants Busey Brews and Saltos Coffee Works.
“We felt helpless as patrol because of being in isolation but it felt good to be able to contribute to a greater cause,” added Brock.

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Boulder County first responders get much-needed PPE from Eldora.
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