great natural snow, low prices, no lines, happy people
2+ hours from Denver
I hadn't been to Monarch for years and a couple girlfriends and i went for a weekend recently and we all had a great time. It's getting to be a hastle driving I-70 on weekends to go skiing; the roads are crowded and when you get there the runs are crowded with long lines. Monarch is just far enough away (and not on I-70) so it just doesn't get crowded and the snow stays fluffy long after a storm. We stayed down in Salida; what a fun little town, good restaurants, cheap hotels and the townspeople were so friendly. We're going back to Monarch soon; it's our new Happy Place.