For those who are familiar with Echo Mountain on the Front Range in Colorado, you might know it’s had a rough time in the last 10 years. It has gone through three owners in the past decade, with its most recent owner declaring bankruptcy in February, only three years after purchasing it. However, its new owner Peter Burwell, offers a promising future to this resort. Echo Mountain plans to reopen on Colorado’s Front Range in Idaho Springs soon!
What’s so remarkable about Echo Mountain is that it’s the closest ski resort to Denver—only a 40 minute jaunt from the city. It also has historically boasted lower ticket prices, partly because it’s a smaller, family owned ski resort. It also makes it convenient for skiers and riders to pick up their rental equipment at any ski shop along the front range before heading up, and drop it back off at the end of the day.
Echo Mountain also provides young and ambitious skiers and snowboarders with an incredible opportunity through the Front Range Ski Club. Students can still go to school full-time at a school of their choice, and then train on the mountain on weekdays after the resort is closed to the public.
Along with this opportunity, Echo Mountain offers a terrain park and wants to stay on the cutting edge of skiing and riding. They’re looking to make improvements and updates to the terrain park that will hopefully be available this season.
As for the recent acquisition, the buyer Peter Burwell is only 27 years old! He’s a graduate from the University of Denver and son of Rod Burwell. Rod Burwell was a well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist from Minnesota who is recently deceased, according to an article from the Denver Post. Burwell purchased the resort for $4M, which was the highest offer the previous owner received. The past two owners have waffled between serving a niche market like ski racers, and targeting the Denver public with their close proximity.
The resort is planned to open to the public this season, but it remains to be seen what direction Burwell will take it in. Stay tuned to the Echo Mountain website for more information.