The local ski hill just 35 minutes outside of Denver, CO was a hidden treasure for families that preferred time spent on the hill apposed to time spent in the car was sold on Tuesday, August 28th to Nora Pykkonen. Nora is the founder of the Front Range Ski Club and purchased Echo Mountain with the intention of turning Echo into a race-training mountain.
Ski coaches are thrilled with the development of a race-training mountain and Echo Mountain has nabbed some of the best coaches in the field including: Sarah Schleper-Gaxiola, Mike Farney, Patrik Jaerbyn and Petter Brenna. Sarah Schleper-Gaxiola, 4x Olympian, told CBS4 “It’s going to be this crazy alpine center that you can do a full length Super G run — that’s unheard of. And we’re going to have a rope tow so it will be like two minutes a lap, so you can get 40 runs in an hour and a half if you really go for it.” For the first time the coaches will have compete control over everything which is a huge perk when compared to other resorts and mountains that the coaches have to work around. Bill Madsen, Director of NASTAR, views the change to Echo Mountain as great development for the sport, "More race training facilities is better for the sport. The easier it is for kids to ski, race and train the more great ski racers our county will produce."
With world class coaches and a mountain dedicated to race-training, the small ski hill that was once passed by skiers heading further into the mountains to train will now be the exit sign on I-70 skiers look for.
For more information on Front Range Ski Club click here:http://frontrangeskiclub.com/