Echo Mountain has officially earned its spot on the Colorado ski map. On December 2nd, the once private ski racing facility ran its first lift of the season as the premier mountain for snow junkies of all sorts.
Located just 50 minutes west of Downtown Denver, Echo Mountain is marketing its proximity as a crutch for skiers and riders with busy schedules. That’s according to General Manager, Fred Klaas, who believes that “people don’t have to sacrifice a ski day just because they’re busy.”
The resort is in its second year of operation under new ownership and has expressed substantial goals for this winter season. Broadening its appeal to skiers and riders of all levels, abilities, and interests is a priority of Echo Mountain. “We’ve created an environment where everyone coexists since we're a smaller mountain with a very local atmosphere.”
By offering terrain that caters to every individual’s wants and needs, Echo Moutain has gradually been able to accomplish this hefty goal. While most resorts typically designate areas of the mountain to skiers and riders of different levels and abilities, Echo Mountain’s quaint and modest resort provides a more inclusive experience. As Klaas puts it, you're likely to see a park skier practicing a down kink rail on the same slope where a family who’s never seen snow takes a lesson.
While Echo Mountain has been eager to open for the winter season, creating a lasting base with proper coverage has taken precedence. The resort will continue to open more runs, including the newly installed magic carpet to the beginner’s hill, as snow continues to blanket the Front Range. Uphill access for skinning and snowshoeing will be offered as more terrain opens, as well.
For those who are looking to dip their toe before fully sending into skiing or snowboarding, Echo Mountain offers competitive pricing on lift tickets and season passes, as well as affordable gear rentals. Two-hour gear rentals are making this a reality for those who are still dabbling in the sport or don’t have time for a full day of skiing. Both private and group lessons will be available for children and adults later this season.
In effort to create an inclusive environment, Echo Mountain is reaching out to local universities to utilize their diverse terrain. “It can be difficult to plan ahead and save for a season pass, so offering Day and Season Passes at a more affordable price point will hopefully encourage more students to get into skiing or snowboarding.” Echo Mountain will be extending their student outreach in effort to provide a more affordable and accessible way to explore Colorado’s natural playground.
According to Klaas, Echo Mountain is taking the excuse out of skiing. Whether you need to get in-shape for that destination ski trip, are itching to get some laps in after work, desire escaping the city for dinner on the mountain, need an evening study break, are curious about trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time, or just need some extra practice hitting rails before heading into more intimidating parks at other resorts; Echo Mountain is your new stomping grounds.
Echo Mountain is officially open Tueday-Sunday for both day and night skiing throughout the 2017-2018 winter season.