Look for numerous upgrades at Monarch Mountain this winter. Crews have improved the parking lot, rental shop, base lodge, and kid's center in attempt to continue capitalizing on the overall guest experience.

Monarch's parking lot received a fresh layer of pavement over the summer. The base lodge's Starbucks coffee shop was moved to the upper level to provide for more room in the highly trafficked main level. A new hydration center and recycling station has been added to the common area for easy accessibility to dispose of your recyclables, fill your water bottle, and get back out on the slopes.

The rental fleet for skiers renting equipment at Monarch Mountain,as been completely overhauled and updated with 600 new pairs of Head skis, boots, and bindings. New boot dryers were purchased to insure dry, warm boots for each new user.

The Children's Center has been completely remodeled, explains Monarch's Greg Ralph. "Kids are king here at Monarch," Ralph says. "We've added a new yurt for the older kids in the Junior Mountain Program." This will provide more room in the Kids Center, and give the older kids their own space.

A completely new base terminal has been built for the Garfield lift. A new bull wheel, load station, and maze will usher skiers and riders quickly and efficiently to the top. Look for a new run cut in between the Romp and Turbo trails.

Monarch Mountain has been receiving abundant early-season snow in anticipation of a Nov. 24 opening day.