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Colorado ski resort backs off proposed parking fees

Citing guests' concerns, a blog posted on Eldora's website says they're backing down from raising parking fees, instead turning to attendees to lower congestion and "keep Eldora accessible as Boulder's backyard playground."

Eldora Mountain said it won't be charging for parking this season after all. 9NEWS published a report this Sunday about proposed parking fees - and the disdain longtime attendees felt toward the move.

The resort was set to charge $20 for cars with two or fewer people on peak days (weekends, holidays and even big powder days). 

Sam Bass, the resort's marketing director, said the move was not meant as a money-making scheme but instead meant to reduce traffic. 

"That's part of our comprehensive sustainability effort," Bass said told 9NEWS over the weekend, referring to the $20 price. "We really want to get traffic off Boulder County roads, reduce congestion on most peak days and reduce emissions."

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A spokesperson for the mountain posted an update on Eldora's website Tuesday night revoking that plan. Though, Eldora's president and general manager Brent Tregaskis warned that without paid parking on peak days, guests will have to be turned away.

He added that the resort is working with county officials to increase parking capacity on the mountain. Tregaskis said while they appreciated how "loudly" guests spoke out against the proposal, he and other staffers need them to "loudly" speak with their actions to reduce crowding by carpooling or using alternative transportation.

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