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Monarch Mountain

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There aren’t many Colorado ski areas not associated with a town, but Monarch is one of them. Located 20 miles west of the town of Salida, it’s one of three (out of about 150) ski areas that sit right on the Continental Divide in Colorado. Lift service started in 1939 with a rope tow to hit a narrow moguled chute called Gunbarrel and has since expanded to around 800 acres with five lifts. Being small is the key and that makes it a nice break from massive ski areas found elsewhere in the state. Nevertheless, the skiing is incredible and the terrain runs the gamut with nice and easy beginner runs, often used by the family friendly ski school, to pucker worthy steeps dropping off from the Divide. Beyond the lift access is 1,000 acres on offer via the Monarch Cat Skiing service. This guided service takes skiers and boarders into the pristine backcountry for endless powder runs accessing cruisy glades as well as more expert terrain.
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23715 US-50, Monarch, CO 81227, USA
+1 719-530-5000
Sun - Sat 9am - 4pm