Echo Mountain Park, Colorado’s only dedicated terrain park, hosted their first annual Last Park Standing competition and party this past Saturday. The event celebrated a successful opening season and was a “thank you to industry friends and customers for bringing Echo to life this year.
If you haven’t heard of Echo, it is the first mountain in North America to be build exclusively to cater to jibbers.
The day kicked off with a completely packed amateur contest. Registration was first come first serve and by 8:00am there was a line pushing through the lodge (the mountain doesn’t open till 10am). Fortunately the Echo staff handed out Snowboarder, skate, and Powder magazines to keep the anxious crowd occupied and plenty of swag for the poor souls who didn’t make registration before it the comp. was capped.
Talking to some of the people waiting in line, it’s easy to feel the connection built between Echo and its customers. “I flew from Salt Lake City yesterday and hitchhiked from Glenwood Springs just to get up here for today. Echo has such fun events and it’s just a good vibe up here. Said Ian Spencer a Utah snowboarder while waiting in line to register.
The amateur competition was a high energy 2 hour jam session on 6 jib features including the Smith Limo and Echo’s signature feature Knuckles. The winners of each category won skis or a snowboard and a wild card invite to the pro comp.
Immediately after the am competition awards warm up for the pro comp began. The spectators and am competitors were kept busy watching and participating in games ranging from a wet t-shirt contest to a bungee game where competitors were linked together with 5 point harnesses and had to run full speed in opposite directions. Hilarity ensued.
The Smith limo was consistently destroyed by the pro ranks with spin on, spin off, presses, and switch up combos. The stand out of the day was probably Ian Cosco who got tech on the top rails with 450 gap in to 270 off the flat down and buttery smooth 270 on pretzel out on the street bar.
As soon as the pro comp. was over the Band began to break down, the tent village started to disappear and riders and industry friends piled into Echo’s garage for free BBQ and quality mingling.
A HUGE thanks goes out to our presenting sponsors: Sobe, Channel 93.3, Westword, Vitamin Water, and Smith.
Echo Mountain Park is the first ski area in North America that is built exclusively for terrain park riders. At only 35 miles from downtown Denver, Echo is the closest mountain to the Denver metropolitan area, while offering the most affordable daily ticket prices in Colorado. Echo provides a positive, safe environment for riders of all ages, and is dedicated to providing its customers the most fun and innovative terrain park experience in the world.