Sorry, jib tots, your hometown railyard is donezo, because your mom wants you to be a racer.
Echo Mountain, formerly Denver's neighborhood jib hill, was sold this week and will now become The Front Range Ski Club. According to Sheldon Good & Company, who conducted the sale, the mountain will operate on a membership basis and "have a heavy emphasis on after-school programs for young alpine racers looking for advanced training."
Nora Pykkonen bought the mountain at auction for an undisclosed price. Her kids are racers, and she says she was sick of schlepping them to Vail for races and training. So she decided they needed a closer option.
Echo, which has been for sale since June, will get an overhaul including an organic restaurant and a homework station, Super G course and snowmaking equipment. Pykkonen Capital LLC plans to spend $5 million in improvements, and they're bringing in coaches like former U.S. Ski Teamer Sarah Schelper-Gaxiola, to coach the World Cup racers of tomorrow.
According to the Denver Post, "Pykkonen plans to upgrade the resort with ski-race training in mind. Her team will set up the mountain as a gym, with stations designed for honing skills like jump starts and sliding. Two surface lifts will rush racers back to the top more speedily than the chairlift. Racers will finish each run in a video tent, reviewing their form before grabbing another lap."
The mountain will open in November. Read more about the plans here.