Monarch Mountain

23715 W. Hwy 50, Salida , CO (Driving Directions to Monarch Mountain)
Last Updated: 10/22/2016 10:40 PM

Monarch Mountain Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 9 Beginner
  • 18 Intermediate
  • 17 Advanced
  • 19 Expert
Monarch Mountain, located in South Central Colorado, is what you expect from a real Colorado ski area.

Abundant natural snow (350+ inches) and friendly people are two of our strongest attributes. You can walk from your car right to the lifts, prices are reasonable, and the runs flow naturally back to the base area. At Monarch you'll lose the crowds but ... not your friends.

We have been improving the skiing and riding experience by adding backcountry terrain in Mirkwood Basin for the advanced and putting in two conveyor lifts for our less experienced guests. We are not about Real Estate developments and shopping villages at Monarch. You won't find time share salesmen in the base area, but you will find friendly employees wanting to share our mountain with you. The only 'bling-bling' you'll see at Monarch is from beaming smiles.
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Monarch Mountain Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Monarch Mountain Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 8

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 63

Weekend Hours


Monarch Mountain Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

10,790 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,161 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

11,952 ft

Monarch Mountain Ski Pictures and Photos

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Monarch Mountain Trail Map

Monarch Mountain Reviews & Tips (20)

Hey. :) I'm 15 and have been skiing since I was 5. It's barely busy unlike Vail and Copper mountain, ect. It's a great place to bring your family and learn how to ski. Trust me, they are always having deals too! I just went skiing today and with the coupons both my grandparents and I skied for only $60 when skiing at Aspen would be $125 per person. You also get a lot of runs in. Remember the slopes open at 9 and by 10 or 11 cars are parked all the way into the over flow parking lot and in the street so get there early. Another helpful hint is it gets windier in the afternoon which make it colder. In the morning most of the time it's warmer, and if it's windy don't ski the runs off the great divide lift. :) Have fun guys!
Monarch Mountain review written Jan 18 2014 - 08:01 PM
Kayla Advanced Skier
I got the deal on lift tickets online (which was great). When I showed up though I decided it would make more sense to take a lesson and there's a package deal of lift tickets, rentals, and a lesson that would have been less expensive than buying the discounted lift ticket online and then going in. It still was cheaper than other places, though. And as a beginner, the lesson was definitely worth it so that I could learn some basics and not be completely miserable going it along and not knowing at all what I was doing. The instructors gave a lot of great feedback. I had a great time!
Monarch Mountain review written Mar 03 2013 - 11:31 AM
Shena Beginner Skier
Arrive just after the mountain received 41 inches of new snow. Skied two days receiving an additional 15 inches. Wonderful conditions. Love the improvements to the bases area. Great value for both lift tickets and food.
Monarch Mountain review written Feb 28 2013 - 08:09 AM
Happy Harry Advanced Skier
Well its that time again. In the past we have always spent our time at Monarch. Since we have moved to Texas, we are hoping for the chance to ski for Christmas Break. Great People, Great Experience and a Great Times.
Monarch Mountain review written Dec 09 2012 - 08:42 PM
Lyn Intermediate Skier
Ski Dates: Dec 19-21, 2011. Monarch Mountain was one of the best ski places I have been to. My decision began as a search for the cheapest place near Texas that had good reviews. Our group had skiers of all levels and one of the best features of Monarch was the large amount of powder and relatively small number of people. One of our group members signed up for a beginner group session and actually ended up getting a "private" lesson because nobody else had signed up. This meant a 2 hour lesson, for a price cheaper than private lessons. The nearby town of Salida, CO, (a few miles away, full of lodging) is a small town with a nice, homely environment. All the people we met were very friendly and welcoming. There was also a Wal-Mart on Main St, but everything else seemed to close around 8-9 PM. I will definitely be taking a trip here at least once a season, if possible.
Monarch Mountain review written Apr 17 2012 - 05:07 AM
sas2217 Intermediate Skier
My family and I love skiing at Monarch! It has a great family atmosphere and the staff is very friendly and professional. Keep up the good work, guys! See ya soon!
Monarch Mountain review written Feb 05 2012 - 10:01 AM
Janine Intermediate Skier
Powder under Breezway can be fun find your legs hit the jumps of powder good. Tree line powder is good, in between trees find a good line stay away from the rocks. Steep parts rocks exist. Keep your speed on the catwalks or you will be pumping. Just have fun !
Monarch Mountain review written Jan 30 2012 - 05:47 PM
Devin Advanced Snowboarder
bad year for snow in CO, but just got 10 inches, love monarch, very friendly place. Angela below is funny, cause the lifts here ARE low speed lifts except for one, that's the only bummer. But monarch is great, mostly locals and not a crowd. Angela -you'll spend nearly twice as much on lift tickets any where bigger. How can you claim to be an intermediate snowboarder, and want a slow lift?
Monarch Mountain review written Jan 22 2012 - 07:40 PM
Doc B Advanced Skier
Wonderful experience at Monarch the week before Christmas! GREAT place for families and reasonably priced. Very courteous, friendly and helpful staff! Little or no lift lines, last lower lift always open, good variety of terrain. Looking forward to going back!
Monarch Mountain review written Jan 04 2012 - 10:22 AM
Susan Intermediate Skier
I went skiing for the first time in December, and the snow was amazing. Falling on a few inches of powder on groomed runs was very nice. They have a conveyor belt for the beginner/bunny hill, and the slope was steep enough to get you moving, but a small enough the you didn't slide and wipeout when you fell. That small hill was key to allowing my buddy and I get a hang of it before a green run. Enjoy!
Monarch Mountain review written Dec 18 2011 - 02:00 AM
Joey Beginner Skier
Skied opening day. had a great day.
Monarch Mountain review written Dec 11 2011 - 02:05 PM
Tim Intermediate Skier
No lift lines over Spring Break. Very friendly, fun place to ski. The mountain was big enough that we never got bored, yet small enough we could turn the kids loose without concern they would be lost. Tried to walk to Mirkwood...very steep hike. Some told us not worth it in the bar. Children ticket's on Liftopia were really a bargain price.
Monarch Mountain review written Mar 21 2011 - 11:57 AM
Bryan Advanced Skier
Went to Monarch the past two Wednesdays and had a great time. No lift lines. Free parking. Got great deal through Liftopia!
Monarch Mountain review written Feb 26 2011 - 01:51 PM
jan Intermediate Skier
I have been skiing Monarch my whole life, I live in Alaska now, but Monarch still holds its own in my heart. Amazing place to ski, a great place to get away from the stupid expenses of the "resorts."
Monarch Mountain review written Feb 09 2011 - 02:21 PM
Dash Advanced Skier
We went on a Tuesday. No lines, lots of open space. They only had four chairs open, out of five, for unknown reasons. I think they serve a large area with a few lifts. Would like them to update with a extra quad or two. Overall, a great day of snowboarding!!!
Monarch Mountain review written Jan 20 2011 - 03:14 PM
Doc Hawke Intermediate Snowboarder
Monarch didn't have the capacity for the crowds that came out last Wednesday. The staff did their best I'm sure but it was far too crowded to be much fun. Our first trip there, might be the last but probably should try again outside of the week between Christmas and New Years.
Monarch Mountain review written Jan 01 2011 - 09:51 AM
Steve Intermediate Skier
Great mountain, excellent terrain. Just a few older lifts though, wouldn't be great on a high volume day.
Monarch Mountain review written Dec 20 2010 - 09:16 PM
Amanda Intermediate Skier
Had a blast. No crowds and great people.
Monarch Mountain review written Dec 12 2010 - 06:05 AM
Brett Intermediate Snowboarder
Awesome early season skiing. Had a lot of fun.
Monarch Mountain review written Dec 03 2010 - 06:53 PM
Adam Advanced Skier
great place to ski, extremely fun
Monarch Mountain review written Nov 24 2009 - 09:48 AM
Samuel Intermediate Snowboarder

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