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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2006, 11:15 AM
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Hey Guys,
A few years back I remember reading on a website that there was a resort being built in Colorado that was basically a giant terrain park. It was in the process of being built and I have been unable to find out any more information about it. If anybody knows anything about this resort and could let me know it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
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How is the park?

I was thinking about trying some of the terrain parks how do you rate this one for beginners?
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Yeah it's Echo Mountain Park. My brother went to that one. I'd give you some info on it seeing as I've ridden park most of the year but didn't really step it up. And my brother is a crazy SOB so I'm not sure how it is for beginners.
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2007, 09:15 PM
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Talking Rado terrian parkS

there is one near idaho springs off i-70 which is popular with the youngsters- they were planning talking about another near st. marys glacier up the interstate but im not sure if it got approved as it is a very narrow rural road and the people didnt want the extra traffic...
people build kickers and have rails on st. marys glacier for the summer!!
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yea i cant wait to hit up Echo when i get to colorado
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"The Eclipse Snow Park proposal was approved by the Clear
Creek County Commissioners on Jan. 31, 2007. This is a huge step
towards approval for construction this summer. One major
unresolved issue is how to deal with Fall River Road's capacity and

Originally Posted by 9News
GEORGETOWN – The push to bring a new ski park back to a small mountain community succeeded Wednesday, despite the opposition.

Clear Creek County made the final decision on whether to approve zoning the property near St. Mary’s Glacier, approving the plan by a two-to-one vote.

The county changed the zoning from mining and residential to commercial and recreational.

Supporters of the plan say it is the biggest and closest terrain to Denver.

“We really would enjoy it. I think most of the people up here would,” said Phillip Frazier, a St. Mary’s resident.

Others say they fear what the new development will mean for their quiet town.

“The change that will occur probably when this is developed is water quality, air quality, noise and traffic, and safety,” said Clyde Andreson, an Idaho Springs resident.

Pete Coors’ nephew, Michael, bought the property last summer with plans to turn it into a ski and snowboard area. The Coors name has some people in the area feeling uneasy.

“It’s going to be an economic benefit perhaps to Mr. Coors and his associates but it will not be necessarily to our county, at least until several years and then it’s very questionable if it will even make it,” said Marion Anderson, another Idaho Springs resident.

The county says it’s a good opportunity to attract tourism to a ski area that will be less than an hour from Denver.

“I think it’s really important for our community to keep the dollars here, instead of going through the Tunnel or over Berthoud Pass,” said Sally Kennerson with Clear Creek County Chamber and Tourism.

The new park will be about the size of Arapahoe Basin and backers hope to have it open for next ski season. However, the environmental concerns will still be a part of the debate in the developmental process.
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Originally Posted by Denver Post
Entrepreneur looks to build Clear Creek snowpark
With his plan for Eclipse Snow Park in Clear Creek County, Michael Coors would tap a different Rockies than his beer kin
By Julie Dunn,
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Launched: 02/07/2007 01:00:00 AM MST

At age 25, Coors is spearheading plans to develop a new ski area near St. Mary's Glacier. His father, John K. Coors, paid $1.65 million for the 284-acre Clear Creek County site in late 2005.

An avid skier and mountain climber, Coors - a direct descendent of Golden Brewery founder Adolph Coors - said he was never interested in entering the beer business.

He was actively looking for a new opportunity when he stumbled on the dormant ski area. He immediately brought the idea for Eclipse Snow Park to his father, chief executive of CoorsTek.

"He was a little critical until we looked at the economics," he said. "Then we both agreed that this one could really make some money."

John Coors declined to comment for this story.

"I have no idea how to run a ski area, but my dad has pretty good business experience," Coors said. "It has been great to bounce financial things off him."

Coors believes that the project has garnered extra attention - and some public opposition - because of his family name, which he calls "a blessing and a curse."

"People keeping bringing that up, saying, 'The only reason you can do this project is because you are who you are,"' he said. "But I've grown up with that, so I'm used to it."

A start in window-washing

The younger Coors stresses that while this is certainly his most ambitious business endeavor, it isn't his first.

To help cover part of his tuition at the Colorado School of Mines - he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2005 - Coors started a window-washing business. It eventually grew to include 50 residential clients and a 700-window office building.

He then moved on to real estate, getting his broker's license and going to work for Kitz & Pike Real Estate in Lakewood at age 22.

"He works hard for what he gets," broker/owner Greg Kitzmiller said. "His dad doesn't give him any freebies. He doesn't tap into the name to take him to a different level."

Coors said that real estate experience led him to the St. Mary's ski area, located just northwest of Idaho Springs off Fall River Road, which had been closed since 1984.

"Skiing is blowing up again in Colorado," he said. "Last year (the state) added 700,000 new skiers, and 80 percent of those were from the Front Range. We think we can find a little market niche in there."

His plans for Eclipse have angered some locals who have concerns about traffic and noise, along with water runoff and waste issues.

And nearby Echo Mountain Park, which opened last spring, has complained that there isn't enough demand for two small ski resorts in the area.

"There are lots of negatives," said Steve Schultz, a critic and a member of Clear Creek County's planning commission. "There is no direct evidence to show that county government will realize anywhere near the economic benefits in the form of taxes that will offset the increased cost of maintenance on that road."

Coors counters that he has agreed to pay a percentage of Eclipse's lift ticket sales toward county road and emergency services, saying "the county will draw revenue."

He overcame a major hurdle last week when he won rezoning approval from the county's board of commissioners.

Eclipse still needs design and development approval from the county; a final decision is expected this spring.

"Get our feet wet slowly"

Coors has skied the area more than 30 times and hopes to open Eclipse by next winter. He estimates it will take at least $1.9 million to get the ski area up and running.

"We're going to start small enough that it shouldn't be too crazy," said Coors. "We want to get our feet wet slowly."

The SE Group of Frisco is busy working on the design of the ski area.

"I think his age is one of his strengths," SE Group principal Kent Sharp said of Coors. "He's got good business acumen, and he understands the younger demographic. He's passionate about it."

Coors and his wife currently live in Arvada but plan to relocate to Clear Creek County.

"My wife is a nurse, and I'm not making any money right now working at Eclipse, so we need her income; that's why we live down here," said Coors. "But we love it up there."

Staff writer Julie Dunn can be reached at 303-954-1592 or jdunn@denverpost.com.


Michael Coors file

What he's doing now: President, Eclipse Snow Park, planned northwest of Idaho Springs

Born: Nov. 20, 1981, Wheat Ridge

Education: D'Evelyn High School, Golden; Colorado School of Mines (B.S. in mechanical engineering, December 2005)

Hobby: Mountain climbing; has climbed 48 of Colorado's 54 fourteeners

Preferred ski brand: K2

Pets: Two golden retrievers

Favorite book: "A Brief History of Nearly Everything," by Bill Bryson

Eclipse's proposal to Clear Creek County.
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