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Overview

Monarch Mountain is an authentic Colorado ski resort with high elevations, abundant snowfall, gorgeous scenery and excellent terrain. The ski area is situated high along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range within the San Isabel National Forest near the towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Gunnison. The resort features amazing tree skiing, wide open alpine bowls and long intermediate trails.

Monarch Mountain is a perfect getaway for skiers and riders looking to avoid the crowds of the I-70 mega-resorts. Located about 150 miles southwest of Denver, Monarch Mountain is worth the trip to experience great natural terrain combined with short lift lines.

 

 

Inside Scoop

Monarch is a great option for families due to its affordable prices and in-expensive lodging options in Salida, Buena Vista and Gunnison. There is a mountain day lodge located at the base with ski and snowboard schools, ski rentals and child care. There is parking located directly at the base of the mountain.

Plan Your Trip

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

67"
42"
28"
14"
5"
17"
Nov
54"
Dec
55"
Jan
54"
Feb
44"
Mar
16"
Apr
Beginners Runs
23%
Intermediate Runs
27%
Advanced Runs
38%
Expert Runs
13%
Runs in Total
67
Longest Run
1 mi
Skiable Terrain
800 ac

Total Lifts: 7

Quad Chairs
1
Double Chairs
4
Surface Lifts
2

Elevation

Base
10790'
Summit
11952'
Vertical Drop
1162'

Important Dates

December 04, 20242024/12/04
Projected Opening
April 20, 20252025/04/20
Projected Closing
136
Projected Days Open
136
Days Open Last Year
85
Years Open
350"
Average Snowfall
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