Eldora Mountain Resort
Eldora Mountain Resort says it will open its 50th anniversary season Friday as a smoke-free environment.
Ski resorts have been welcoming snow after going through a drier-than-normal season in much of the state last winter.
Ski resorts closer to Denver and Boulder are busy after a storm dumped new snow along the Front Range but only brought a dusting to the central Colorado mountains.
Little pods of beginner terrain with dedicated lifts, separated from faster-moving downhill traffic, help new skiers and riders practice their turns and become confident enough to tackle more challenging terrain.
Eldora Mountain Resort is using an offer of free skiing to try to lure visitors from other resorts.