[R240R, Monarch Mountain] plunked down some $600,000 in capital improvements over the off-season, and hard-charging kids will benefit the most with the addition of a new terrain park dubbed Tilt.

Located at the bottom of the Panorama Chair, Tilt will feature fun boxes, jumps, slides, and hits designed for younger skiers and riders. Tilt will be a great place for beginners to get some experience on small terrain features.

Intermediate and advanced level park rats also will find changes: the terrain park features from Ricochet, as well as some new rails and boxes, have been moved to the Aftershock terrain park. The K2 Organic terrain park will have more natural log features that give the run its character.

As a happy byproduct, the logs being used on K2 were cut down from the side of the popular Sleepy Hollow run, which is now wider. Also there is now a nice, wide cruiser run for beginners dubbed Liberty where the Ricochet terrain park used to be.

Advanced skiers and boarders haven't been forgotten: Monarch has added 200 acres of new terrain to the Snowcat area.

Finally, on a more mundane, but no less important, level, the resort installed a new 24,000 gallon water storage tank for use in the day lodge; new carpet was laid in the Sidewinder Saloon and Gunbarrel Café; and a little more asphalt was put down in the parking lot.