Echo Mountain is an affordable gem close to our neighborhood. As long as traffic is clear on 470, you can ski and have dinner within an hour drive after work for only $40

“At 60 acres with a 600-foot vertical drop, Echo is a manageable size for kids. The mountain hosts two main trails served by one chairlift. It’s the closest ski area to Denver, only a 35-minute drive from C-470, making it a viable option for skiing or riding after work. So it’s for the big kids, too.”

http://theknow.denverpost.com/2018/01/19/closest-skiing-to-denver-echo-mountain/173553/