Copper Resort owner Powdr Corp buys Eldora
Park City, Utah-based Powdr Corporation, owner of Copper Mountain Resort in addition to seven other ski resorts in the West, announced on Monday that it has added Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland, Colorado to its portfolio.
The adventure lifestyle company, which also owns Woodward camps across the United States and media company Outside Television, sees Eldora as a consequential addition. That, and a strategic complement to Copper Mountain.
“Colorado’s Front Range is one of the best ski markets in the world,” John Cumming, owner and CEO of Powdr, said in a news release. “Expanding our footprint here with now two of the most accessible resorts to serve those passionate skiers is an enormous honor.”
With the purchase, no price changes are presently expected for Eldora’s Super Value Season Pass for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The resort, fewer than 50 miles from Denver and about 20 miles from Boulder, will also now be included in the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus season pass program.
“When we decided to consider selling Eldora,” William Killebrew, Eldora’s prior owner, said in the release, “we wanted to put our resort in the best hands possible, and Powdr was the first company that came to mind. (John) has built a great adventure company and has the reputation as an outstanding operator.”
Located in Roosevelt National Forest, Eldora offers beginner, intermediate and advanced alpine trails, on top of the Eldora Nordic Center, which includes about 25 miles of cross-country and snowshoeing trails. Brent Tregaskis, Eldora’s GM since 2015, will continue to run operations for the resort — one of the few Colorado ski destinations on the east side of the Continental Divide.
“Eldora is admired as a leading entry point and training ground for children and beginners,” said Cumming. “We want to work hard for more people to join us in the adventure-filled world of snow sports.”
Breck, Keystone open for summer
Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort, both owned by Vail Resorts, Inc., each open for summer operations starting on Friday, June 10.
In Breck, the warm-weather fun begins at 9:30 a.m. with the opening of the Summer Fun Park, which is accessible via the free BreckConnect Gondola at 9 a.m. and with free parking in the Gondola North lot. The park includes activities for all ages, among them the Gold Run Coaster, Alpine Superslide, Breck Treks guided hikes, four-wheel drive off-road tours, off-road Segway tours, climbing wall and mini golf.
Summer 2016 will also feature Kids’ Base Camp, focusing on Breck’s youngest guests. There, children can participate in a small kids zipline, kids challenge course and, for those weighing between 30 and 100 pounds, a kids summer tubing hill.
Breckenridge’s Fun Park will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 10 through Labor Day (Sept. 5), and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two additional weekends through Sept. 18. For more on all the events taking place at Breck this summer, visit http://www.breckenridge.com.
As for Keystone, the wide array of summer offerings include downhill mountain biking, golfing, hiking, lake activities and summer snow tubing. You read that right — despite the winter being long gone, guests can still get their adrenaline fix at the Adventure Point tubing hill, where a stash of snow remains.
In addition, Keystone’s Bike Park features 56-lift-serviced single-track mountain biking trails, with progressive terrain for riders of all ability levels. The bike park opens at 10 a.m. with early-season trail access from the gondola mid-station, and passes start at $169.
At Lakeside Village, guests can enjoy such options as stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating and bicycle rides. The Adventure Center is already open and rentals are available on-site.
Keystone will be open daily at 10 a.m. during the summer, June 10 through Labor Day (Sept. 5) and then for weekend-only operations Sept. 10 and 11 as well as Sept. 17 and 18. For more information, visit http://www.keystoneresort.com.
—Compiled by Kevin Fixler
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