After a single season, Eldora is leaving the Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass program. Instead, it will join Winter Park and Copper Mountain’s Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus in offering unlimited skiing. The $509 pass next season also includes six days at Steamboat and three days at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Last month Eldora announced it was ending its deal with Vail Resorts and would not be part of the resort operator’s wildly popular Epic Pass. Vail Resorts sells roughly 300,000 Epic Passes every season and the resulting crowds at Eldora taxed the resort’s facilities and infrastructure.

But the experience wasn’t all bad.  The partnership raised Eldora’s profile and introduced the 680-acre ski area to a broader demographic, said resort spokesman Rob Linde.

The Copper Mountain – Winter Park Rocky Mountain Super Pass was first introduced when Intrawest ran both resorts.  It has evolved over the years to include days at Intrawest’s Steamboat ski area. Next season, a plus-version of the pass will include three unrestricted days at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and unlimited skiing at Eldora, giving it five mountains to compete with the five Colorado resorts accessible with the Epic Pass.

The impact with the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus should be less than the Epic Pass, but still a boost to the Boulder ski area.  And Eldora expects to post record visitation this season, which lends support to the resort’s push to expand its resort boundary and add new terrain and chairlifts. See Eldora Mountain Resort – Upgrade Rather Than Expand?

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