Some call it a struggle, but Echo Mountain calls it perseverance. After reviving Colorado's lost resort, Ski Squaw Pass, Echo has successfully established itself as the little-resort-that-could against the mega-resorts of Colorado.

The Petitt family of Colorado bought the area during the winter of 2006-07 and envisioned an all-terrain park ski area catering to the younger ski and snowboard generation. Today, Echo boasts 16 named trails, an extensive ski and ride school, and multiple terrains parks and features.

This spring marks Echo Mountain's fifth birthday, and the ski area is celebrating by giving away gifts rather than receiving them. For five consecutive Fridays beginning March 18 and running through April 15, Friday night lift tickets are $5 each for everyone-children, adults, and seniors. Night skiing and riding goes down between 4 - 9 p.m.

Evening shredding just got that much better thanks to Daylight Savings Time giving us an extra hour of natural light. "We're really excited about celebrating what a wonderful ride we've had so far," Echo's Molly Mueller told OnTheSnow.

This past weekend, Echo gave away another birthday present Burton's CHILL Foundation. Five dollars from every lift ticket purchased Sunday, March 20 was donated to CHILL, an organization that provides unique and positive experiences to underserved youth through snowboarding by providing everything they need to learn how to snowboard-lift tickets, lessons, transportation, and head-to-toe gear.

Make your way to Denver's closest ski resort for $5 Fridays, Early-open Tuesdays, and Last Park Standing April 30.

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