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Echo Mountain (CO) - News and possible expansion

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So I went to the ski expo on Friday and had a pretty long conversation with the guy in the Echo booth. Turns out that after the racing in November, they are going to be open to the public full time. Not only that, they are going to have night skiing until 9PM T-F. Since I can take a minor detour on rt 103 (Squaw Pass rd) for night skiing after work, I decided to buy a 3 pack for $59. Not too shabby.

 

The guy working the booth was telling me that they own all the land down to Idaho Springs (Not forest service land), and were hoping to eventually expand to near the bottom Idaho Springs. Right now they are in the process of a land swap since the two major chunks of land they own are caddy cornered. 

 

Seems like a really cool concept, but the first thing that pops in my head is that the elevation of Idaho Springs is ~7,500, close to the base elevation of Arrowhead at Beaver Creek. Idaho Springs gets less snow that the immediate surrounding areas due to Clear Creek Canyon blocking out the brunt of many storms, although since the rep said that would give them about 1,500 feet of vert they are probably not going all the way to the bottom. I've driven in the Springs and Squaw pass rd in some big storms, and Squaw Pass definitely gets more snow than the Springs. I have no idea how Echo would finance another lift either, but hey if Silverton can buy and install a lift for $20,000, anything is possible.

 

Curious to see what develops.

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I know, I was speechless when I first heard this too
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For easier visualization, coloradoskihistory.com has an ad from 2012 - when the ski area was last for sale - illustrating the (then) current land situation and potential development options:

 

http://coloradoskihistory.com/images/echo_sale1.jpg

http://coloradoskihistory.com/images/echo_sale2.jpg

 

Presumably the current land swap involves the relatively useless land above Squaw Pass road, as illustrated in the ad.

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So the woman (with the Finnish? name) who bought it as a private training facility for her daughter and others no longer owns Echo Mountain? Good news if true.  I can remember skiing there, when it was known as Squaw something, in the mid-1960s.

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So the woman (with the Finnish? name) who bought it as a private training facility for her daughter and others no longer owns Echo Mountain? Good news if true.

No, she still owns it. She's just reopening it to the public.
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No, she still owns it. She's just reopening it to the public.

Ahh, that's good of her!

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We already bought our passes to Echo. $159 unlimited. Since I work 2 mornings and 2 nights, I can get runs in the evening after work or in the morning before work. :yahoo:

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We already bought our passes to Echo. $159 unlimited. Since I work 2 mornings and 2 nights, I can get runs in the evening after work or in the morning before work. :yahoo:


Have you been to Echo lately?  Looking at the stats, just about the same size as my home mountain in VA.  But with a much higher average natural snowfall.

 

Intrigued that Echo is the first place out in Colorado to work with Snow Operating for Terrain Base Learning (TM).  There is a generic video on the Echo website.  That's worked pretty well for beginners in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic ski areas in the last few years.

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Have you been to Echo lately?  Looking at the stats, just about the same size as my home mountain in VA.  But with a much higher average natural snowfall.

 

Intrigued that Echo is the first place out in Colorado to work with Snow Operating for Terrain Base Learning (TM).  There is a generic video on the Echo website.  That's worked pretty well for beginners in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic ski areas in the last few years.

We skied there before it closed down to the public a couple of years ago, but we haven't been up this season yet. We were going to go up last week, but they had to order a part for their lift and it was being delivered to the lift mechanics the day we were going up. This week though. It really is tiny, but it is only 20 minutes from my house and you can ski under the lights until 8:00 pm so I can get turns in after work.

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Wow that is really awesome. The elevation would be reasonable about 9,100 feet subtracting 1,500 from the 10,650 summit. Is 220 inches of average snowfall pretty accurate? How many acres would the expansion entail? How realistic is it that this will take place? I'd love to have a viable option to go here. Right now it is just too small and short for my tastes.  

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I went there last Sunday. For me it is a great option if I only have a few hours free because I can get there in 40 minutes and ski for a few hours and still get home by lunch. Half the time driving and none of the time trekking from parking lot, waiting in line, etc.

Sure it's only 600 ft. vertical and nothing too exciting, but I can get some laps in and it's a nice relaxed atmosphere. The snow was a little crusty in the AM but a nice stable surface and good for carving. Friendly people and no lift line whatsoever.
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