July 21, 2010 – Echo Mountain, CO – Echo Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area, entering its fifth season of operation this winter, announced today the approval of a planned expansion resulting in the addition of a top-to-bottom beginner run and increased access to glade skiing. The new terrain brings the total number of named trails to 16 and marks the entry into 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.”
Opened originally in March 2006, Echo Mountain has become increasingly popular with beginners and families from throughout the Front Range. As a result, it has expanded the Echo Mountain Ski and Ride School, increased its rental fleet, developed progression terrain in Learning Centers One and Two
(LC1/LC2) and, most recently, installed a Magic Carpet® surface lift.
The terrain expansion will commence this week, and completion of the new trail is expected within six to eight weeks. The beginner-friendly, “easiest way down” will branch off the existing Creightons to just below LC1. The trail will extend through Hideout, and new terrain will be cleared to the west of Echo’s current area boundary. 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.
The project will encompass minimal tree clearing, and the lumber will be reclaimed for erosion control, trail marking and feature construction. The expansion will not impact Echo’s summer business as a private rental facility for weddings, receptions and special events.
Echo Mountain will accept name recommendations for the new trail on its Facebook Fan Page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/echomtfan?ref=ts) and will award a $100 resort credit if a trail name submission from an Echo Mountain Fan is selected. The trail name will be announced in November 2010, and a random drawing will be held in the event of duplicate submissions.
Echo Mountain is Denver’s closest ski and snowboard area located just 35 miles from downtown and 12 miles above Evergreen. Echo Mountain offers skiing and snowboarding terrain and features for all ages and ability levels. The area, which sits at an elevation of 10,500 feet, features night skiing and riding until 9p five nights a week, snowmaking, a bar and café and full skier services including rentals and ski and ride school programs.
For more information and driving directions, visit echomt.com or call 303.325.7347.