Copper Mountain, Eldora parking reservation systems for 2020-21 season

A snowboarder flies off a jump in Central Park at Woodward Mountain over a friend’s head who was filming him at Copper Mountain on March 13. (Andy Cross, Denver Post file)

Copper Mountain and Eldora, the two Colorado ski areas owned by Powdr Corp., announced details of their parking reservations policies for the upcoming season on Friday.

At Copper Mountain, guests can begin making parking reservations on Nov. 9 and can book up to seven days at that time for any dates during the season. Once the season begins — currently scheduled for Nov. 30 — guests will be able to book reservations seven days in advance. Guests will be allowed to make same-day reservations if spots remain available, but resort officials recommend advance booking.

In September, the company announced it would require parking reservations as a means of managing numbers at its resorts in light of COVID-19.

“At Copper, we’re doing everything we can to keep everyone safe and have fun while visiting the resort this winter season. Part of that commitment is our ability to manage the number of people visiting Copper at any given time,” resort president and general manager Dustin Lyman said in a news release. “The parking management system means guests can count on knowing they will have a spot to park and plenty of room to spread out on the mountain.”

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Eldora also will open its parking reservation system on Nov. 9. Up to seven days can be booked in advance, and as visitors use their days, additional days can be booked a week in advance.

The parking reservation system at Eldora will have an added benefit for skiers and riders: In normal times, the parking lot often filled on weekends. That was frustrating for would-be visitors who drove to Eldora only to be turned away — or wait for a parking spot to open up.

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“Our parking reservation system means that Eldora guests will know that when they plan a day of skiing and riding here, they are going to have a great experience, because they will know they have a space to park and plenty of room to spread out on the mountain,” president and general manager Brent Tregaskis said in Eldora’s release.

Eldora visitors also need to be advised that RTD service to the area will be cut substantially compared to normal years. RTD will be operating fewer busses and those busses will be limited to 20 people.

At both areas, daily lift tickets will be sold online only.

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