At the resort there are four restaurants to choose from—some very casual with pizza, chili, burgers, and beer and others with a nice view and a slightly more upscale menu.
If you’re driving back to Denver  on Highway 72, consider stopping at the Wondervu Café (33492 Hwy. 72, 303/642-7197, www.wondervucafe.com , Oct. 1–May 31 Tues.–Sun. 9 a.m.– 9 p.m.; June 1–Sept. 30 Thurs.–Sat. 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Tues., Wed., and Sun. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., $5–15) for chips and salsa and big sloppy burritos.
In Nederland, the Whistler’s Café (121 Jefferson St., 303/258-7871) is good for breakfast or lunch.
Between Boulder  and Eldora is a sweet little lodge, The Alps Boulder Canyon Inn (38619 Boulder Canyon Dr., 303/444-5445, www.alpsinn.com , $99–274), hugging the side of the mountain at a bend in the road. There are spa services, private patios, and whirlpool tubs in most rooms.
One of the nearest hotels to Eldora Mountain Resort  is the Sundance Lodge (23492 Hwy. 119, Nederland, 303/258-3797, www.sundance-lodge.com , $89–99). While “lodge” is perhaps a bit too grand a word here, it has clean and cozy rooms.