My daughter turned 4 last week. To celebrate her birthday, my family went skiing at Echo Mountain. It was Chloe’s very first day of skiing ever. And Jaeda and Tev’s second.
Isn’t she a cutie all bundled up?
Granted with all the gear you’ll have to take my word for it that this is CJ. I could have randomly snapped a picture of any kid and you’d never know.
I hadn’t heard much about Echo Mountain before we headed up there, but the promise of a 45 minute drive from my door to theirs definitely got my attention. I have to admit that the drive to other mountains (and congested ski traffic) on I-70 has stopped me from going skiing more than once. I shudder at my memories of sitting in stop and go traffic for hours after a long day of skiing.
I dread the commute so much in fact that I pretty much only go skiing when company visits. Then I pretend to be all suave and cool as though we are up and down “the hill” every weekend spending our days on the slopes and nights before a raging fire with a hot toddy. Nah, I fess up pretty easily and my friends know me well enough not to believe it. Seriously though, if they could just move the mountains a little closer?
As unrealistic as that wish sounds, I may have actually had it granted!
It took us 45 minutes from my door in Arvada to Echo Mountain. To the ski rental lodge at Echo Mountain no less – not just to the parking lot with another 30 minute bus ride or walk to actually get to any skiing. We were able to find a parking spot within 100 feet of the front door and there were plenty more open. It was fabulous!
Plus the view along the way wasn’t too shabby:
Echo Mountain is definitely an Echo-nomical ski mountain. If you are looking for a luxurious lodge with a roaring fire and full bar, then this isn’t the destination for you. However, Echo Mountain is a great option if:
- You are looking to get some skiing in while the kids are in school (and be back in plenty of time to meet them at the bus).
- You want to introduce your preschooler to skiing.
- You want to get some skiing in after school or after work without a 2 hour commute each direction.
- You want to try night skiing (Echo offers night skiing until 9pm).
- You want host a networking event or private party. Echo is closed to the public on Tuesdays and is available to be rented out for corporate retreats, private parties, or any other reason you’d like an entire ski slope at your disposal.
- You want some of the best chicken tenders and french fries around. I hear the onion rings are also to die for, but we didn’t get around to trying them this trip.
Jaeda (10) loved skiing and immediately wanted to go up the lift with her Dad. She was asking when we could go back before we had even returned the skis to the rental counter.
Tevan (7) was timid at first and only wanted to ride the magic carpet and ski down the bunny slope. But after 10 or so times of that, and some courage in the form of the “best chicken tenders and fries ever” (quote from the kids), he decided to go on the lift and try a green with Dad too. Ski patrol ended up giving him a lift back to the lodge on his first run down because he took a tumble and didn’t want to ski any more. Turns out his favorite part of the day ended up being the snow mobile ride. And lunch of course.
Chloe (4) refused to get on the magic carpet.
Then she refused to stand up while skiing.
Finally Dad agreed to hold her hand and she started going down the hill standing upright.
By the end of the day she was going down by herself squealing with delight. She just wouldn’t let me step far enough away from her to capture that (the good part) on tape. Next time.
So the birthday girl’s first day of skiing went something like this:
- She hated it.
- She tried it.
- She started to like it.
- She loved it.
- She threw a tempter tantrum (kicking and screaming even) when we said it was time to leave and she wasn’t ready to go.
Thankfully, birthday cake solves all.
A huge thank you to the Echo Mountain marketing team for providing lift tickets to my family to facilitate my review. They are a fabulous group! A special thanks to Gretchen for helping hold Chloe’s hand until she gained confidence on the bunny slope. Thank you!
Also, take a look at Jaime’s post about Echo – she got much better pictures than I did! Love ‘em.