Echo Mountain opens up today, and this time you don't even have to call in sick to get a piece of the action: They're keeping the lights on until 9 p.m. Terrain park manager Marc Moline and his crew have been building new obstacles out of recycled materials -- propane tanks, abandoned playground equipment, chunks of old chairlift towers -- since last season, so be sure to poke around in all five terrain park areas on the hill.
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"We've been scrapping and scraping and having some fun building new features up here," Moline says. "It's the best early-season conditions we've ever had, so we've been pushing some snow around in the jump lines, too."
Speaking of early season: Echo's season passes are still priced at $189, down from $275. For those of you keeping score, that's about what two lift tickets would cost you just about anywhere else. Here's last year's Echodemic edit in case you've been missing out: