Aspen Snowmass, Vail, Stowe, Mammoth, and Snowbird trusted Eldorado to build world-class climbing terrain for their world-class ski resorts.

These organizations understand that climbing walls are more than just a stunning architectural piece for their resorts. Climbing terrain is a powerful revenue generator for summer ops as well as an added attraction during ski season. So if you are looking to expand the summer attractions you offer for your ski area, a climbing wall should be in the mix.

Here are top 7 reasons to add a climbing wall to your ski area or resort.

  1. Proven financial successNSAA National Summer Survey of Ski Operators Survey revealed that outdoor and indoor climbing walls are among the top 10 summer amenities that make money. Custom climbing boulders from Eldorado start as low as $30,000. Modular climbing walls and towers begin around $60,000. Even a custom rock climbing wall can be as little as $100,000. Try out our Climbing Wall ROI Calculator to get a rough estimate of how quickly you could begin to achieve a positive return on investment.
  2. Virtually no maintenance costs—Compared to other amenities like coasters and ropes courses, outdoor and indoor climbing walls require very little maintenance. Few parts ever need to be replaced or upgraded. Regular inspections of equipment and the wall can be conducted by staff rather than by a hired, outside inspector. In-depth wall inspections only need to occur every couple of years and typically cost between $3,000-$4,000
  3. Super-durability—Walls made of concrete last for decades.
  4. Low staffing costs and high throughput—Use of TRUBLUE Auto Belays eliminates the need for a manual belayer and time-consuming guest belay training and testing for climbers. Guests enjoy a self-directed experience and a minimal number of staff are required. Rock climbers cycle through very quickly since the climber cannot be held in place on the wall—the climber is automatically lowered gently to the ground by the auto belay as soon as they let go.
  5. Family-friendly—The whole family can climb. So long as child can walk and fit into the appropriate harness, she can enjoy climbing with the rest of the family. Individuals with physical disabilities and other special needs can be readily accommodated.
  6. Provides a healthy, non-competitive activity2013 NSAA National Survey of Summer Destination Travelers cited “non-competitive recreational activities” as a top 10 reason for visiting a ski area during the summer months. Rock climbing fits that description.
  7. Manage facility traffic flow—Climbing is an excellent, quick option that can provide an alternative to waiting in a long line for other mountain activities.

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Aspen Snowmass Lost Forest’s Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall

  • REALRock Wall
  • 40′ tall x 60′ long
  • 13 climbing lanes
  • 13 TRUBLUE Auto Belays

Vail Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery Paramount Peak Climbing Wall

  • REALRock Wall
  • 35′ tall x 38′ long
  • 16 climbing lanes
  • 16 TRUBLUE Auto Belays

Breckenridge Ski Resorts’s Epic Discovery Gold Summit Climbing Wall

  • REALRock Wall
  • 35′ tall x 38′ long
  • 16 climbing lanes
  • 16 TRUBLUE Auto Belays

Stowe Rocks Indoor Climbing Center

  • A collection of 3 walls will be a part of the Adventure Center
  • Climbing Tower – 12 climbing lanes and 2 rappel stations on rock realistic climbing terrain
  • Programming Wall – 8 climbing lanes with 1 rappel station on High Performance Wall System
  • Bouldering Wall

Heavenly Mountain Resort

  • Inspired by the legendary rock climbing available in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
  • Permanent rock climbing wall
  • 25-feet-tall with 15 defined climbing routes
  • TruBlue auto-belays on each route
  • A QuickJump free fall device at the top of a unique “Goat Trail”

Mammoth Mountain

  • 10 climbing lanes
  • Sculpted and painted to resemble granite in the surrounding Sierras
  • Specially designed so the structure could be disassembled in the winter

Squamish Junction Park

  • While not a ski area installation, Eldorado is working with several ski areas to install similar boulders.
  • The surface is hand-sculpted and painted to resemble granite of the nearby Chief.
  • Bouldering “problems” (the name for climbing routes on boulders) are carved into the concrete surface.
  • The boulder was small enough to be loaded onto a low-boy delivery truck, driven to the location, and installed by a local team, all of which created a cost saving.

Crested Butte Summer Adventure Park

  • Gecko Modular Climbing Tower
  • 6 climbing lanes
  • 6 TRUBLUE Auto Belays

Climbing Wall ROI Estimator

Play with this simple calculator to get a down and dirty, ballpark figure for how long it might take to recoup the cost of investing in a climbing wall.

When thinking of throughput–how many climbers can climb per day–a good average range to consider is 10-15 climbers per hour per climbing lane.

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NOTE: This calculator DOES NOT take into consideration a variety of expenses that you would build into your total ticket price per person.

  • Staffing
  • Insurance
  • Leasing of property
  • Loan financing
  • Any other operational expenses