February started off with a bang at Echo Mountain when 55 inches of snow pounded the small resort in Evergreen, just outside of Denver. Three snowfalls of 20 inches followed and the resort was set for the season.
Jerry Petitt, who heads up the family-owned mountain, said, "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."
The deep snow resulted in daily lift ticket sales in February up 60 percent over the same month last season.
Andrew Dereniuk rips it at Echo Mountain. Photo courtesy Never Summer Industries.
This Saturday should be a big day at Echo Mountain as the resort has announced its first College Day. Students from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Metro State College of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, Front Range Community College, and the University of Denver are all invited. Just show a valid college I.D. and get a $25 lift ticket for the day.
Echo is also offering half-priced beer along with activities that will certainly liven things up. There's limbo, a scavenger hunt, a snow castle contest, and a student-only rail jam. Kids are also encouraged to wear their school colors for the costume contest.
"With so many colleges in close proximity to us, we wanted to provide students with a day of skiing and snowboarding that is even more affordable than usual at Echo," said General Manager Cindy Dady. "We have some fun activities planned both on and off the snow, and we are anticipating some great school pride on the mountain this Saturday."
Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket window on Saturday. Rail jammers can start checking in at 8:30 a.m before the mountain opens at 9 a.m.
Echo Mountain is 12 miles from Evergreen, Colo., and 35 miles from Denver.
Penn Lukens and Mac Noel hit the big jumps at Echo Mountain. Shannon Luthy photo.
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