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Related Regions: Colorado, United States, North America, Southwest Colorado

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.

 

 

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Elevation

  • 11952ft
    Summit
  • 1162ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 10790ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
  • 0
  • 4
  • 2
  • 7
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    22%

  • Intermediate Runs

    27%

  • Advanced Runs

    37%

  • Expert Runs

    11%

  • Runs

    64

  • Terrain Parks

    2

  • Longest Run

    1 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    800 ac

More Info

Monarch Mountain is a great option for skiers and snowboarders in search of fresh powder and short lift lines. The ski area is relatively far away from Denver compared to some of the resorts along I-70 but offers less skier traffic on the slopes and in the car.

Monarch is situated along the continental divide and has ample tree skiing with wide open bowls and great intermediated cruisers. The snow-cat at Monarch shuttles skiers and snowboarders to expert terrain that is generally more advanced than some other ski area snow-cat operations.

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.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/16/201804/07/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    143
  • Projected Days Open
    136
  • Years Open
    79
  • Average Snowfall
    350"
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Monarch Mountain Reviews

nickon1080
4th December 20185
This place is amazing! We didn't realize it gets 350 inches of snow each year. This year at the start of December...Full review
Nathan
27th November 20185
I have been learning to snowboard for the last couple of seasons and so far I love Monarch Mountain! The staff is...Full review
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