Echo Mountain Resort is a rather minuscule hill by Colorado standards – just a couple of lifts and less than 1,000 feet vertical – but it does have several things going for it.

First off, it's the closest lift-serviced ski and snowboard area to Denver, just 35 miles from LoDo.

It's also a pretty inexpensive ride: You can get a no-restrictions season pass for $129. Check it out at Echo Mountain.