Well that doesn't surprise me after the way I have seen that resort treat some of it's guests.Bad advice Possum. Snowmaking and grooming crews do their stuff overnight. The lifts may not open until 9:00 but crews are working on the mountain 24/7. There are serious safety issues involved here. Snowcats have really bad visibility and the driver CANNOT see or hear you. Climbing up before hours is a good way to get run over. Snowmaking is also very dangerous, high pressure water and air hoses everwhere. Sound over 120 decibles, loud enough to cause permanant hearing loss if you don't wear ear protection. Open manholes and trenches. Several people died at other ski areas last year in snowmaking accidents. Patrol and lift op's are really busy in the mornings before opening, trying to get stuff ready by 9:00.
Also, after the tragic shooting death two years ago; unauthorized persons that appear on the grounds before opening are going to get extra scrutany. You will certainly get to meet the Sheriff.
Will do.I was just looking for a safe alternative to the BC if I go alone and Eldora seemed like a good bet. I agree skinning up a resort defeats the purpose but this will be my first year so I wanted to start slow. I am looking for a workout and a run with limited risk. Thanks for all the tips everyone. I am leaning toward Brainard Lake and Hidden Valley and maybe Allenspark. GPP33, I live in Longmont as well. Give me a ring at 303 nine five seven seven zero six four if you would like to hit Lefthand Res.