Well I answered my own question.
Echo mountain is very, very close to the metro area. In fact, I think I made it to the ski area in 30 minutes - something that's really nice for days where you want to get a few runs in, but don't feel like sitting in ski traffic for nearly 2 hours.
Echo Mtn is also very SMALL!!! They have 2 "lifts", but one of them is a tow rope and only moves you about 100 yards up the hill. The other is a 3 person chair. I was there 2 weeks ago on a Monday and the place got pretty crowded after 11:30am. I think it was just because most of the kids were out of school and most of the parents were off for Christmas though. Because it's so small and was only 1/4 open (at best), after 11:30am there was quite a line for all features, so I called it a day and packed it in.
Features: The day I went, Echo had 5 boxes, 2 or 3 rails, 2 table top jumps and 1 wall-ride like feature open...And that's it. Could make it up and down the run in maybe 8 - 10 minutes max and that included waiting to hit some of the features.
Worst part = they have almost 0 snow. I think that most of the snow they had is man made stuff because it was icy and packed down as it could get. Less than 1/4 of the "mountain" was open when I went and because of that, they had minimal features (which is surprising because their radio commercials make it seem like they have more snow than they know what to do with). The glades were closed because of lack of snow and the advanced side of the mtn was closed because of lack of snow as well. When I say lack of snow I mean that in the glades, I could see the dirt on the ground still.
2nd worst part = The people working there were unfriendly for the most part (minus the ticket scanner chick who was friendly and HOT!). The guy & girl at the front desk hardly said more than 2 words to me when I went to get my season pass and guy operating the lift was an asshole...Yelling at anyone that didn't load the lift dead center! God forbid that you load the lift 12" to the right, he'd be screaming at you as the lift is hauling you up the hill, "MOVE TO THE CENTER. CENTER! CENTER!!". I guess the lift would break or something if you weren't in the absolute center of the chair?
Best part = I was surprised at how many people there had never ridden park, because IMO, Echo portrays themselves in their ads and online as a place where most people are park monsters. In reality though, there were only a handfull of good park riders. Since most people are noobs to park (like I was), I didn't have to worry about being the 1 guy in the whole place that sucked, which I really liked.
Random thought - when they took my picture for the season pass, they didn't even make me remove my hat...Which was awesome since I had hat hair anyway.
Final thought = I'm going back to check it out in a couple weeks when EVERY kid in Colorado is in school again and the place is quiet. Because it's so close, I can overlook the staff not being the friendliest bunch. Which means that I have no excuse not to go ride the rails at least a few times a week.