Echo Mountain has officially announced record-breaking attendance figures to kick off the 2011-2012 ski season. Since opening day, November 30, Echo's skier and snowboarder visits are up 34 percent over this time last season. So far, daily lift ticket sales at Echo Mountain are up 81 percent with enrollment in the ski and ride school up 71 percent. Along with increased sales of the most affordable season pass in the state, skier traffic has definitely increased at Echo.
More than 110 inches of snow have fallen at Echo this season, making the 40-inch plus packed-powder base and coverage some of the best in Colorado. Echo is also one of the only ski areas in Colorado able to boast that 98 percent of the mountain's lifts, terrain and runs are open.
"We attribute our growth to expanded offerings for skiers, excellent teaching programs for kids and adults in our ski and ride school, complete rental shop and first-class terrain features. It certainly helps that Mother Nature gifted us with the best snow in Colorado throughout December," stated Jerry Petitt, head of the family-owned mountain.
Echo General Manager, Cindy Dady, shares Petitt's sentiments. "No question the snow has helped us out so far this year, but, at the same time, our staff has worked extremely hard to make Echo Mountain more appealing to more people. With our size, location and affordability, we're especially appealing to beginning skiers and snowboarders - and in the Denver-metro area, that's a large target market."