Colorado’s Echo Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area announced today the approval of a planned expansion that will bring the addition of a top-to-bottom beginner trail and increased access to gladed skiing areas. With the expansion, the ski area now boosts 16 official trails and marks the beginning of Phase II of Echo’s ten-year master plan.
“Of the 240 acres of private property on which Echo is situated, approximately 35 percent of the land is currently developed for skiing and riding,” explains Gerald “Jerry” Petitt, president and owner of Echo Mountain. “This expansion is the next step as we continue to grow our business and enhance our product offering.”
The terrain expansion will begin this week, and should take about six to eight weeks to finish the new beginner-friendly trail. In addition to the new beginner trail, the expansion will also increase access to gladed terrain in Lower Westside Glades.
“From beginners looking for easier top-to-bottom access to freestyle enthusiasts navigating the terrain park features to backcountry aficionados who appreciate the convenience of lift-served terrain, all of our guests benefit from this addition,” says Echo Mountain Operations Director Grady Ham.
Keeping “green” efforts in mind, Echo’s expansion will require only minimal tree clearing, and the lumber will be reclaimed for erosion control, trail marking and feature construction.
Echo Mountain will accept name recommendations for the new trail on its Facebook Fan Page and will award a $100 resort credit to a fan if their idea is selected. The trail name will be announced in November 2010, and a random drawing will be held in the event of duplicate submissions.