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Rocky Mountain Chapter

Help protect Middle Boulder Creek from the expansion of Eldora Ski Resort

The Indian Peaks group and several other groups have come together  to form the Middle Boulder Creek Coalition. This coalition has
been created to oppose the expansion of the Eldora Ski Resort. As you can see from the pictures below, this expansion is extensive and will extend the boundaries of the ski resort beyond their approved Special Use Permit (SUP). Coalition members, many of whom are avid skiers at Eldora, are not opposed to much of the new master plan (PDF) that has been created by the owners of Eldora but believe the impact of expansion beyond current borders will negatively affect the ecosystem in this beautiful wilderness.

The area is adjacent to Middle Boulder Creek, which supports a healthy riparian ecosystem complete with extensive beaver pond wetlands.  It is the last portion of the hillside, starting near the top of Bryan Mountain for a half mile stretch along the creek, which is not highly fragmented by ski runs and lifts.  Moose reside there.  Boreal owls, three-toed woodpeckers and American martens inhabit the area.

RMC Eldora before RMC Eldora after

Bringing ski runs, lifts, and snowmaking down to the bottom of the valley will also erode the experience for the thousands of winter and summer recreationists who use the Fourth of July Road and Hessie area to access the Indian Peaks.  In winter, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and hikers would hear the roar of snow-making. At their closest, the lifts and runs will be approximately 150 feet from the Fourth of July Road and will parallel it for a half mile. In summer, hikers would be faced with the scarred hillsides of deforested ski runs. These disturbances are not qualities that are compatible with a major scenic gateway into the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Help the Indian Peaks group & the Middle Boulder Creek Coalition to stop these expansion plans.  Sign up at
www.middlebouldercreekcoalition.org to receive action alerts, so we can stop this project.

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