Echo Mountain – for skiers and riders, freestyle and families

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on March 25, 2010 1:50 pm

As Denver’s closest, most affordable, and freshest ski and snowboard area, Echo Mountain is perfectly positioned to attract Front Range skiers and riders. Located only 35 miles and 45 minutes from downtown Denver, the 85 acres of trails and terrain are situated on 240 acres of private land at 10,500 feet and is one of the few Colorado resorts to offer night skiing. Adult daily lift tickets (13 and older) are $45 for a full day and $29 starting at 3 pm until 9 pm. Youth tickets (ages 6-12) are $29 and children five and under ski and ride free. Echo Mountain’s unlimited season passes offer the best skiing and riding value in Colorado with‘09/10 passes currently on sale for only $169 through Nov. 15, 2009. Additionally, the Ski & Ride School offers group lessons for children and adults daily (except Tuesdays) and private instruction is also available.

Although initially earning a reputation as a haven and “don’t miss” destination for snowboarders, Echo’s three lifts which include a triple chair, a handle-tow, and a Magic Carpet, serve 15+ groomed and gladed trails have been attracting plenty of skiers of all ages and ability levels in the past two seasons.

“Echo Mountain was originally conceived as a terrain park dedicated to freestyle skiers and snowboarders,” says Cindy Dady, Echo Mountain’s general manager. “After our first season though, we quickly realized our pricing and proximity to Denver was also attractive to families with beginner to intermediate skiers and boarders so we expanded our vision and facilities to include novice and family-friendly terrain, features, lesson options, and rental equipment while still catering to our loyal freestyle and terrain park enthusiasts.”

Beginner terrain at Echo Mountain includes the LC1 and LC2 learning areas, which provide dedicated “progression” terrain for first-timers through advanced beginners. Each learning area is equipped with its own surface lift–making it ideal for learning and mastering the basics. Echo’s intermediate terrain varies from top-to-bottom “groomers” to trails that include an array of features, including jumps, rails, and boxes. Advanced and expert terrain is found in the Asylum Tree Park, the Burton Stairset and the Westside Glades.

When it is time for a break, the easy vibe and laid back style of the mountain carries into the Echo Bar & Café where a variety of affordable, no-frills food faves for hungry skiers and riders are available with everything from convenient heat-and-eat items for those who want to get in and out fast; to hearty soups, filling pizzas, and daily specials. And yes, in addition to sodas and energy drinks, the bar section features an ever-changing variety of domestic, imported, and local craft beers and wines. A fully stocked on site rental shop has snowboards, skis, boots, and poles available (including demo equipment) for daily rentals while the retail store, located in Echo’s Lodge, has a selection of clothing and accessory essentials.

During the ski and snowboard season, typically December to May, Echo Mountain operates from 9 am to 9 pm five days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays. On Sundays, Echo is open from 9 am to 5 pm, One of the most unique aspects of Echo Mountain is that the area is closed to the public on Tuesdays throughout the season.

“There are two significant advantages to our Tuesday closures,” explains Dady. “It allows us to keep the terrain features fresh and ever-changing with a complete park rebuild every week, and it also provides groups and organizations with the unique opportunity to rent an entire mountain and our facilities for a private function–and that can be anything from a wedding to a corporate retreat to a family reunion.”