[R240R, Monarch Mountain's] ski pass provides access to 18 ski areas in North America. Monarch has added seven ski areas for the 2010-11 ski season. [R2804R, Revelstoke Mountain Resort] in British Columbia, [R454R, Taos Ski Valley] and [R337R, Red River] in New Mexico, [R361R, China Peak] (formerly called Sierra Summit) in California, [R365, Sol Vista] in Colorado, [R21R, Arizona Snowbowl], and [R187R, Indianhead] in Michigan are new to the Monarch pass.

These areas join [R220R, Loveland], [R1435R, Silverton], [R330R, Durango], [R445R, Sunlight], and [R329R, Powderhorn] in Colorado; [R14R, Angel Fire], [R366R, Sipapu], and [R309R, Pajarito] in New Mexico; [R10R, Alta] Utah, and [R157R, Grand Targhee] in Wyoming. Benefits vary at each area. Most offer three complimentary tickets to Monarch passholders with Monarch Mountain offering the same to pass holders of area partners.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers 50 percent off lodging at the Nelson Lodge, and discounts on Heli skiing with Selkirk Heli Skiing in addition to three complimentary lift tickets. Greg Ralph, Monarch's marketing director, says these offerings allow for a "great Canadian ski vacation" for Monarch passholders.

Taos' offer includes five half-priced tickets to Monarch passholders. Skiers and riders in this region can take advantage of undeniable access to all of Northern New Mexico ski areas, Southern Colorado ski areas, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Monarch Mountain is investing $1.2 million in area improvements. A new base terminal at Garfield Chair Lift and a new unloading ramp at the top of The Pioneer quad chair lift will ease the loading and unloading processes at Monarch's most popular chairs. Fewer stops for skiers and riders assure less time at the lift and more time on the slopes.

Early season pass prices run through Nov. 6.

More information. Or call 719-530-5040.