Echo Mountain in Colorado is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Echo Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsLocated just 35 miles west of Denver, Echo Mountain is easily accessible from the metro area and from the western towns of Evergreen and Idaho Springs. Visitors can reach Echo Mountain by car or bus with a short drive from the city or from Denver International Airport. Easy accessibility from the metro area and low ticket prices are two of its major draws, by far.
The MountainEcho Mountain is 10,500 feet tall and boasts a 660-foot vertical drop. The ski season starts in early December and lasts through early May. Echo Mountain receives an average of 220 inches of snow annually. With the amount of snow, skiers and snowboarders can count on excellent conditions at any time during the week.
Trails And LiftsEcho Mountain has 16 trails, with two of the trails deemed easy, two deemed the most difficult and the remainder falling somewhere in between. The Milk Run Special, a fixed-grip triple lift, takes skiers to the top of any trail they choose. Snowboarders might be challenged in the terrain park, with numerous jibs and jumps for any ability. As the season progresses, staff often add more features to the park. Guests may also enjoy Echo After Dark, when skiers enjoy a lighted trail between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on most days of the week.
In The NewsEcho Mountain hosts a range of spring competitions and events, just as other ski resorts are closing for the season. The Under the Lights Race League holds races each Monday evening. Registration costs $40, or $20 with an Echo Season Pass. Boarders can take part in Sims Pro Series Snowboard Camp in late March, with two days of clinics, demonstrations and classes from certified snowboard instructors. Skiers and boarders alike can close the season with Last Park Standing or May Meltdown, each boasting activities, contests and prizes.
CostA single day early season adult lift ticket costs $35, and a single day regular season pass is priced at $49. Special pricing is offered to children under age 5, students, seniors and members of the military. Adult ski and snowboard rentals run between $18 and $36, including equipment from Burton, Blizzard and Technica. Season passes and lessons are also offered to Echo Mountain guests.
Apres-SkiFollowing a day of skiing or snowboarding, guests might enjoy the cafe and bar at Echo Mountain. The Monday special is half off all beers, and on Wednesdays guests can order a Peppermint Schnapps and hot chocolate "core warmer" for just $3. Echo Mountain guests can stay at the Miner's Pick Bed and Breakfast or The Hooper Homestead Guest Quarters and Spa, which hosts a hot tub and spa services. Nearby Idaho Springs also boasts numerous shops and restaurants.
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