The mountain is primarily a terrain park, just outside of Denver, off of I-70 between Idaho Springs and Evergreen. It's very small, with only about 60 skiable acres on a mountain of about 250 acres of terrain. It's the perfect place for the certain groups. First, those park kids who live to hit rails, boxes, and tabletops love this place. The entire mountain is a terrain park with features throughout for all different levels. Every size of jump is available for those who love getting big air. I was the only mom at the place on our recent visit, with groups of rippin' guys, all with video cameras, filming themselves. There was never a lift line and everyone was respectful and just having fun. A sound system is wired throughout the mountain for tunes. Beginner families of skiers can learn safely here. While there are tricks throughout the mountain, there are some easy side runs alongside the hits and jumps where kids can safely learn with their parents. If you have young children, bring them up for the day to play on the mountain. We visited mid-week, and when we arrived, there were only 26 people skiing and riding that day. It was far from crowded. Kids five and under are free. Youth lift tickets (ages 6-14) are $30. Full-day tickets are $39. Ski school is available whether you are a beginner or you want to get better on the terrain park features. With only one chairlift through the middle of the place, it's easy to stick with family and friends and not get lost. This is a great thing to do after school or work, or, if you've flown into Denver, and you're on your way up into the mountains for a ski vacation. It's a perfect mountain for warming up. It's just outside of Evergreen, so it's less than an hour from the Front Range and an easy drive along the interstate. Once you get off the highway, make sure you have directions, because it isn't well marked. The slopes are open and the runs are lighted until 9 p.m. The Echo Bar & Café serves corn dogs and great pizza, plus beer and wine. An afternoon/evening ticket is $29 (from 3-9 p.m.). Note, though, that the mountain is only open until 5 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays, and closed entirely on Tuesdays. Wednesdays through Saturdays, hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ski School is not available on Mondays.
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