Monarch Mountain is the perfect ski area for people looking to get away from the hustle-bustle of the bigger resorts. Monarch is very affordable and easily accessible from the Front Range via Highways 285 and 50. At Monarch you park right at the base of the mountain and walk to the lifts, making it very convenient for families with little ones. Monarch's two strongest attributes are friendly people and abundant natural snowfall (350"). This season give Monarch Mountain a try. You'll be glad you did.


Annual Snowfall:
350 in / 889 cm
Base Elevation:
10,790 ft / 3,289 m
Summit Elevation:
11,952 ft / 3,643 m
Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Season Dates:
Skiable Area:
800 acres / 324 hectares
# of trails:
0 acres / 0 hectares
Bowl Skiing
CAT Skiing
Terrain Parks

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Located in South Central Colorado, Monarch Mountain’s abundant natural snow and friendly people make for a real Rocky Mountain ski experience. Enjoy convenient, free parking, reasonable prices and runs that flow naturally back to a single base area. Monarch’s variety of terrain offers something for skiers and riders of any level.

Head into the trees – Monarch’s are untouched about 90 percent of the time. Monarch Cat Skiing operates on an adjacent 1000+ acres of steep trees, chutes, and bowls. Not for the faint of heart.


Conditions on the Continental Divide at 12,000 ft. are always an adventure. You may get unbelievable powder or challenging, variable snow. You may experience a blizzard with no visibility, or spectacular views on a windless, bluebird day. Monarch Cat Skiing has it all, with 1,635 acres of expert terrain featuring wide open bowls, steep chutes, beautiful glades, and a few friendly drops. So, tune up those fat skis or long board and be ready for anything. We ski up to five hours per day and usually get an average of around 8,000 to 10,000 total vertical feet.

A note from our guides: Because we want you to have the best day ever, please get a good night’s rest before your day on the mountain. Eat a healthy breakfast, bring a water bottle and some snacks, and be ready for an unforgettable experience.

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