Echo Mountain has a long and rich history. What you know as Echo Mountain today was once entirely different (even entirely dormant!).
Echo mountain has grown from a 1960s public ski area, to a terrain park, to a private ski training center, to its current iteration: Denver’s closest, most affordable ski area.
We’re proud of our history, and we’re even more proud of the future we’re building at Echo Mountain.
Echo Mountain Timeline
1960-1975: Squaw Pass Ski Area
The ski area originally opened in 1960 as Squaw Pass Ski Area. For fifteen years, it was a Denver family favorite because it was much closer to the front range than other options further out. That changed in 1973, when the Eisenhower Tunnel opened and ski areas on the west side of the Continental divide began to expand.
After closing in 1975, the ski area changed ownership a couple of times. Eventually it laid dormant until 2005 when it was resurrected as Echo Mountain Park.
2005-2012: Echo Mountain Park
Echo Mountain Park opened with a sole focus on terrain parks. A few years into the concept, a Ski School was opened and Echo began targeting a broader customer base.
2012-2016: From Private Training Center To Public Ski Area
In 2012, it changed hands again and became a private ski race training facility. After solely focusing on ski racing for several years, the owners decided to open to the public in 2015. Unfortunately, a successful year wasn't enough to cover the high costs of operating a ski resort and it fell into bankruptcy in February of 2016.
2016-Present: Echo Mountain
Echo Mountain, as it’s known today, opened in October 2016. Under new ownership, Echo Mountain was reborn with a vision to be Denver’s closest, most affordable option for snow sports and outdoors enthusiasts in Colorado’s front range.
Echo Mountain Today
The 2017-2018 season brought many new improvements to the mountain, including the addition of a conveyor in the beginner area, improved glading on the west side, and some delicious new food and beverage options.
The 2018-2019 season looks to be the best one yet! Echo Mountain now offers a brand new tubing hill, an expanded beginner area, a revitalized menu (including “life-changing fries”), and a fresh new look (check out that logo).
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