• Echo Mountain opens for season after changes, renovations

    As snow quietly fell from a cloudy sky, skiers and ‘boarders not so quietly slipped down the mountainside, enjoying their Saturday afternoon at Echo Mountain Ski Resort.

    The ski area, which is located along Squaw Pass Road, opened last week for the first time after changing ownership in October 2016.

    General manager Fred Klaas, who is in his first year at Echo Mountain, said renovations are ongoing, to some degree. The resort still is working to complete its kitchen and bar set-up, and also is preparing for training sessions and lessons, he said.

  • Centura reviewing plans for clinic addition

    Centura Health is reviewing plans to build an addition on the former Meadows Family Medicine Center in Idaho Springs in anticipation of opening a clinic there by June.

    Cindy Dicken, the county’s director of human services, said the plans were produced by Denver-based firm H+L Architecture.

    In November, Clear Creek County and Centura Health struck a deal to bring a clinic back to Idaho Springs after five years of negotiations.

  • Kine Mine dispensary is sold to new owner

    The Kine Mine marijuana dispensary in Idaho Springs has a new owner.

    IgadI Ltd., which owns marijuana businesses in Tabernash and Central City, bought the business at 2918 Colorado Blvd. from Theran Snyder.

    The Idaho Springs city council unanimously approved the sale on Nov. 14. Because of restrictions in the city regarding marijuana businesses and the need for associated permits, the sale needed council approval.

    Council member Jason Siegel, who is the Kine Mine’s general manager, recused himself from the discussion and vote.

  • Loveland Ski Area opens

    Loveland Ski Area last Thursday became the second Colorado resort to open, despite the dry and determined efforts of an unseasonably warm fall to prevent it.

    Often in the running to be the first resort to open in Colorado, Loveland was a few weeks behind its typical start date. Arapahoe Basin opened in late October.

  • Grow operation’s move approved

    Mountain Medicinals marijuana dispensary has received approval from the Idaho Springs city council to move its retail growing operation to its new location at 2313 Colorado Blvd.

    The council approved the move unanimously during its Oct. 24 meeting.

    Last year the dispensary received permission to move the bulk of its operation from 1800 Colorado Blvd. to the former RE/MAX Mountain Realty building next to Safeway despite public concerns about potential odor.

  • New owners plan to reopen Echo Mountain in December

    Echo Mountain Resort is gearing up for its first ski season under the ownership of SkiEcho LLC.

    The resort on Squaw Pass Road between Idaho Springs and Evergreen is expected to open in mid-December. The resort will honor existing passes; however, final lift-ticket prices are still being determined.

  • New G-town business is creative by design

    Alex Diaz creates wearable art.

    In fact, he can come up with an idea, design it, print it and have it for sale on T-shirts in as little as two hours at his new business, Mara Ink Printing Co. in Georgetown.

    “And, artistically, it is awesome to be able to … have this idea and just do it,” said Diaz, who calls picking a design almost instinctual.

    A T-shirt for motorcyclists coming to Georgetown? Done.

  • Casual customers welcome at high-end restaurant

    Casual. New American high end. Approachable mountain sophistication.

    There are many ways of saying that Georgetown’s newest restaurant, Cooper’s on the Creek, is ready to dish out an unforgettable culinary experience.

    “We wanted to make a restaurant where people could get a really good meal — but still come in jeans and still come off the mountain if they’ve been … hiking or if they’ve been skiing,” said Amanda Cooper, the restaurant’s owner and general manager.

  • Event center offers the rustic and the luxurious

    Rustic decorations, antiques, historical photos, a luxurious 3,200-square-foot lodge on 22 acres: The newly opened Blackstone Rivers Ranch aims to provide guests with an unforgettable experience.

    Rachel and Zuri Betz opened the event venue in August to provide a unique location for weddings, retreats and conferences at 3673 Chicago Creek Road off Highway 103 outside Idaho Springs.

  • Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70

    During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country — from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California — make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.