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Monarch to Open Friday, November 20

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Monarch Mountain will open to the public on November 20 for the 2015-2016 season. The ski area anticipates that four out of six lifts will be running, giving skiers and riders access to 432 acres of the mountain.

Were thrilled that were able to be open for the Thanksgiving holiday, said Randy Stroud, GM. We have an incredible team, and were more than excited to get the season started.

Early season storms have dropped 28 inches of snow on the mountain, bringing the mid-mountain base to 21 inches. Another storm is forecast to roll through the area beginning early next week. Garfield, Tumbelina, Panorama and Caterpillar lifts are slated to start turning on opening day. Skiers and riders will have access to all green terrain, 81% of the areas blue terrain, 21% of the black terrain and Tilt Terrain Park.

Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the base area lodge will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All on-mountain services will be available, however Monarch Ski School will be offering a limited number of lessons by availability.

Monarchs discount offer on season passes will end on opening day. Skiers and riders who havent yet purchased a season pass will save up to 18% when they buy before Nov. 20. The Monarch season pass includes a variety of discounts, including three free days at Copper Mountain, three at Loveland Ski Area and free days at other partner resorts.

Those looking for discounted lift tickets only have a few more opportunities to buy four lift tickets for $149 or two for $79 at the following locations:

  • Salida Steamplant, Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Mountain Chalet, Colorado Springs, Sunday Nov. 15 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Larsons Ski & Sport, Wheat Ridge, Saturday and Sunday Nov. 21 & 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last season, Monarch opened on Thanksgiving Day with a mid-mountain base of 30 inches. For more information on Monarchs snow conditions, visit