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

Monarch Mountain Skiing

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Season Start/End: 11/23/2017 - 04/08/2018
10790ft - 11952ft
23%|28%| 36%| 13%
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from US$35.00 to US$89.00
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Monarch Snowcat Tours

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.



Monarch Snowcat Tours

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 Snowcat Tours

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.



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  • Longest Run

    1 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    800 ac

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening: 11/23/2017
  • Days Open Last Year: 143
  • Projected Closing: 04/08/2018
  • Projected Days Open: 136
  • Years Open: 79
  • Average Snowfall: 350"

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Photo Gallery: Top Shots From January ©Ryan Bonneau

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With a rough start to the ski season for much of the West, January brought some much needed hydration to the slopes in the form of mul... More


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Monarch Mountain - Powder yesterday was amazing.  Poofing through powder pools on Upper Tango.  My beginner boarder stayed on blacks lest she get bogged down on flatter terrain.  The Monarch I lovelest she get lest she   - © JenMc’s iPhone
Monarch Mountain - Crusty. Packed powder, machine groomed. The bumps are in decent shape now. Still, watch out for rocks.  - © Balazar
Monarch Mountain - First visit to Monarch and we had fun. Sun softened steeps were great. Worth the 2-hour drive from Vail with dry roads.   - © lbikat11
Monarch Mountain - mirkawood! short hike to the step and deep!  - © co snow bug

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Monarch Mountain Reviews

  • Allison Marrero

    • 5
    18th November 2017

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      This mountain is perfect for beginners. It's affordable for those that not only need lessons, but the entire rental package. The staff...
  • David Milford

    • 5
    19th January 2017

    Full review

      I fell in love with Monarch the first time I skied here. It is more like Wolf Creek than pretty much any...

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