Family Owned and Operated, Echo Mountain Proves Smaller Can Still Be Better 

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 7, 2012 12:10 am

While many resorts are joining forces to be part of a larger company, Echo Mountain, the privately-owned ski-area outside Denver Colorado, is happy to report record-breaking attendance figures for the month of February 2012! The news comes just weeks after the family-owned resort reported similar results during the opening months of the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season.

In February 2012, daily lift ticket sales were up 60 percent over the same month last season and the young mountain saw similar increases (increase in daily lift ticket sales of 81 percent) from opening day – November 30 – through December 31, 2011.

Located just 12 miles from Evergreen, CO and 35 miles from downtown Denver, Echo Mountain has seen some of the best conditions of any resort in the state of Colorado this season.  To-date, more than 200 inches of snow have fallen this season, giving Echo a 46-inch-plus packed-powder base and desirable coverage.

“Mother Nature was great to us early-on this season with three snowfalls of over 20 inches, but our efforts to enhance appeal and awareness have really paid off as well,” stated Jerry Petitt, head of the family-owned mountain.  “Our location, affordability, night skiing, expanded ski and ride school and first-class terrain features have all made big differences in our overall numbers too.”

 A 55-inch dumping of snow in early February helped propel business during the month and pushed Echo Mountain over its snowfall average for the entire year – with several weeks still remaining in the season.

In addition to the noticeable increase in lift ticket sales, overall skier visits, ski and ride school attendance and equipment rentals have also spiked this year.  Skier visits at Echo Mountain were up 48 percent over last February with ski and ride school and rentals each reporting an increase over 40 percent.       

Echo Mountain was founded in 2005 by the Petitt family and is Denver’s closest and most affordable ski and snowboard area. Located a mere 35 miles from Downtown Denver, Echo has a base elevation of 10,050 feet, offers free parking and boasts 100% snowmaking coverage and spectacular views. Lifts run until 9pm five nights per week, making Echo a popular with many Coloradans. For the latest Echo Mountain conditions, news, ticket information, directions and more, visit or call 303.325.7347.