The last day of the skiing season is perhaps a little like the last day of school. Some are more than ready for summer, while others are reluctant to say goodbye. Either way, skiers and snowboarders …
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The last day of the skiing season is perhaps a little like the last day of school.
Some are more than ready for summer, while others are reluctant to say goodbye.
Either way, skiers and snowboarders were eager to get in as many runs as possible Sunday morning during Echo Mountain Resort’s final day.
Between the fresh powder, blue skies and occasional sun peeking out of the clouds, skier Kirk Moyer remarked: “We couldn’t ask for a better last day.”
Echo Mountain, which sits along Highway 103 between Evergreen and Idaho Springs, typically closes in March, but last month’s snowstorms helped extend the season.
Despite the recent snowfall, the resort wasn’t able to keep its runs open any later because staff members were moving onto other jobs, General Manager Fred Klaas said. However, the resort plans to continue tubing operations on the weekends through May 2.
Given the weather and the pandemic, the 2020-21 season was both challenging and incredible, he stated.
In the fall, Echo Mountain wasn’t sure whether it would be able to open because of COVID-19 restrictions, Klaas described. Fast forward to mid-April, and the resort is capping off its longest season ever.
“We’re a young resort; we’re trying to figure out what operations can look like,” he said of staying open later in the season.
Kirk and Kim Moyer, who recently moved to Clear Creek’s Echo Hills neighborhood, said they appreciated that the resort was able to extend its season.
The two visited Echo Mountain about a dozen times this year, and Kim said it was a good spot to learn to ski. She appreciated the variety of visitors’ experience levels and the friendly atmosphere.
Kirk said the two of them will be back next season.
“It feels like a little gem to have this mountain,” he continued.
Evergreen’s Condojani family was likewise enjoying the final day of the season, with dad Marc saying, “It’s beautiful — a perfect snow day.”
Because of the pandemic, Marc said the only time he really leaves the house is to buy groceries. The big exception has been this season’s 15 or so trips to Echo Mountain, which he said is a great outlet and a safe way to be outdoors.
Even though the family plans to start mountain-biking soon, Jordan Condojani said Sunday was about getting in as many runs as possible.
While the Condojanis and others were finishing their ski season, Boulder’s Gen Golsch and Elliot Robles were just getting started.
The two had been wanting to ski all season, but hectic schedules prevented them from going earlier. When they saw it was Echo Mountain’s last day, they decided to make time.
“I haven’t been skiing since I was 12,” Golsch said. “ … It’s really freeing.”
The two appreciated the resort’s proximity to the Denver area and its affordability, and plan to return next season.
Denver’s Katy Irani and her 2-year-old son Zane Lambert were also visiting Echo Mountain for the first time Sunday. Irani said she heard good things about the resort’s beginner area and wanted to bring Zane so he could experience outdoor skiing after attending an indoor class.
While she hadn’t gotten to ski much this season either, Irani said of Echo Mountain: “It’s got good energy. … We will be back.”
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