You can ski and ride day and into the night at [R1673R, Echo Mountai]n, just outside of Denver. The slopes are open a full 12 hours a day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., five days a week. They are not open Tuesday and Sunday nights. Echo has implemented eight new terrain features throughout the mountain this season.

Here's another way for you to unwind after your work day. Take a lesson in the evening. The Ski & Ride school is offering night group lessons beginning at 5:15 p.m., for skiing and riding. Lessons are available every Monday, and then again on Wednesdays through Saturdays. "Taking an evening lesson is a great way to break up the monotony of the work week," says Tom Serra, Echo's ride school manager. "You can drive up to Echo in less than an hour, take a lesson, and still have time to practice new skills or just make some turns and have fun."

Pre-schoolers can also take part in a weekday program. The Mini-mountaineers is for kids ages four to five, with an emphasis on beginning skill development, safety, and fun. Morning or afternoon sessions are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning in January. The cost is $99. A rental package is available.

Echo Mountain is Denver's closest ski and snowboard area just 35 miles from downtown, with terrain and features for all ages and abilities. The area sits at 10,500 feet in altitude, with full skier services including rentals, lessons, and food at the Echo Bar & Café.