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Monarch Mountain Redefines Group Skiing


Twenty or more, No more!

Monarch CO--Monarch Mountain is changing the definition of group skiing/riding.  Traditional group ski travel has been defined as a minimum of twenty to twenty-five people to receive group discounts. Not any longer at Monarch Mountain.  Group pricing is now available to parties of ten or more with all-day adult lift tickets starting as low as $40.00. 

“The group ski travel patterns have changed; skiers that visited in large school and church groups are now coming as families and we want to accommodate these guests” said Greg Ralph, Marketing Director.   “We see a lot of multiple families visiting Monarch from our destination markets in the south.  Colorado Front Range families are also coming to Monarch looking for a less hectic ski/snowboard vacation, so it just makes sense to help these guest with affordable pricing and professional service.”

Ten is the magic number.  Purchases of ten ticket products (lift tickets or lift tickets combined with a lesson or rentals) by a group/family will qualify for special pricing: $40 Adult lift tickets, $32 for teen’s ages 13-15 and junior’s ages 7-12 are $17.  These tickets are valid any day through April 13, 2014 (closing day) with no blackout periods. 

Groups of ten can put together everything they need for the different ages, abilities and equipment types and still receive special pricing and treatment.  Even Monarch Mountain’s complete Learn to Ski or Snowboard package at $89 for 7-12 year olds and $99 for adults can be part of the group of ten products.  Monarch’s Learn to Ski package includes a lift ticket, equipment rentals and lesson from one of Monarch Mountain’s professional instructors.

Monarch has expanded their reservations department to include three group-planning specialists.  These specialists are available online and on the phone to help families and groups build the perfect winter ski/snowboard vacation.  They can answer any questions and help with the purchase of tickets, rentals, lessons, child care.  They can also help with recommendations for dining and lodging, making sure the Monarch Mountain, Colorado vacation is seamless and perfect from start to finish.

Special family and group information can be found on our website (www.skimonarch.com) under “family packages” or by speaking directly with one of Monarch Mountain’s friendly professional ski planners at (719) 530-5102.  Reservations should be made 48 hours prior to arriving at Monarch.

Enhancements Continue for Monarch Mountain

New Parking Lot, New Children’s Programs, New Slope side Bar for 2013

Monarch, CO-- Monarch Mountain continues the improvements proposed in their U.S. Forest Service master plan.  Monarch Mountain received Forest Service acceptance of the new master plan last November.  The emphasis of the Master Plan is to improve the skiing experience at Monarch with the addition of more ski terrain, new lifts, last seasons’ lodge expansion and this year’s new parking lot.

The new parking lot is on the east side of the existing lot, near the vehicle maintenance area.  This lot is located in a place that allows guests to ski/ride from their cars to the base of the mountain and back. The lot will accommodate eighty cars and will be used during busy times.  

Monarch Mountain has completely redesigned all multi-day Children’s Ski & Ride Programs to be more affordable and family friendly.   The prices of the Children’s programs have been lowered, lesson times changed and lunch is now included with all daylong programs.  All children and young adults from ages 3 to 15 will be awarded a Monarch Mountain Season Passes at the completion of their programs. Programs have all been redesigned be better for the participants and easier and more affordable for the parents.

The Caterpillar program introduces your 3-4 year old to the fun and healthy sport of skiing under the guidance and direction of a trained instructor. Monarch Butterflies are for 5 and 6 year olds; this unique program facilitates both kids and an accompanying parent having a playful time on the mountain together.

For Young Adults ages 7-15, Monarch Mountain offers three different programs: Explores, Rippers and Freeride Fridays.  All multi-day programs are available during January and February; complete details can be found at www.skimonarch.com/lessonschildcare.

The new Elmo’s Bar is located in the Pioneer Room on the Gunbarrel Cafeteria level of the Main Lodge. Located slope side, Elmo’s Bar was added to make it convenient for skiers/riders to enjoy a refreshing beverage without going to the Sidewinder Saloon.  Big screen televisions carrying sporting events and picture windows looking out onto the mountain make Elmo’s Bar the newest hot spot for Après Ski. 


Monarch Mountain's Universe Continues to Expand

Starting in winter of 2013-2014 Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat added to the Pass

Monarch Mountain's popular "One Planet - One Pass" now includes one free day each at Winter park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat.  These areas join Monarch Mountain's thirty two other area partners from around the world.  

Monarch Mountain's pass now offers more areas and more variety than any other pass in the universe.   With skiing and riding privileges on two continents, four countries and nine states the One Planet - One Pass offers more areas than any other pass in the universe.  In Colorado alone One Planet – One Pass holders will be able to ride these different areas; Monarch, Loveland, Sunlight, Ski Cooper, Devils Thumb, Durango, Granby Ranch, Silverton, Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat.

The One Planet – One Pass goes on sale May 1st 2013 at www.skimonarch.com or by calling (719) 530-5105.  Early season rates, through July 31, 2013 are as follow:  For renewing pass holders; Adult $369, Students (13-15) $199, Junior (7-12) $119, Senior (62-68) $239.  New passes will run; Adult $399, Students $209, Junior $129, Senior $249, Seniors over 69 and Children 3-6 years old are FREE.

For a complete list of One Planet – One Pass benefits and partners please go to www.skimonarch.com  offers are subject to change at any time.

Monarch's One Planet – One Pass…it's out of this world!

Monarch Mountain's One Planet, One Pass Goes Into Orbit Two Continents, 5 Countries,10 States; all on one season pass

Monarch, CO – Monarch Mountain has gone global! Monarch now has 33 ski areas participating on their season pass. Passes are accepted in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, California, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Spain!

Joining the four ski areas in Germany and one in Austria this season is Masella Spain. Masella is located in the Pyrenees not too far from France http://www.masella.com/. The German and Austrian ski areas are part of the 5 Berge & Co. resorts: Hochfelln, Kampenwand, Wendelstein and Oberaudorf, Germany and Hochkossen, Austria http://www.5-berge.com/. Monarch season pass holders will be able to enjoy unlimited skiing at each of these areas throughout the 2012-13 season.

The Colorado nine include; Loveland, Durango, Sunlight, Ski Granby Ranch, Silverton, Ski Cooper, Devils Thumb Nordic and of course Monarch Mountain.

In New Mexico five areas honoring the Monarch Mountain season pass: Angel Fire, Red River, Pajarito, Sipapu and Ski Apache all offering three free days to Monarch pass holders.

In Utah, Alta offers Monarch Mountain pass holders half-price tickets all season while Grand Targhee and Snowy Range Wyoming offer free skiing/riding to Monarch Mountain season pass holders.

New for 2012-2013 is the exciting addition of British Columbia's Red Mountain Resort! Coupled with the lodging-lift ticket promo at Revelstoke, Monarch pass holders can now travel Canada's Powder Highway in style.

Sierra at Tahoe California, China Peak California, Arizona Snowbowl, Discovery Montana, Indianhead Michigan, Cataloochee, North Carolina and Mt. Crescent Iowa, round out Monarch Mountain's pass partner team for the 2012-13 season.

Most of Monarch Mountain's pass partners offer three days of free lift tickets, but some offers vary. Details and pricing can be found at www.skimonarch.com or by calling a friendly local at 719.530.5000.

Monarch Mountain adds 500 new Chairs

Base Lodge Remodel Leads 2012-13 Improvements

Monarch, CO-- Monarch Mountain has begun the first of many improvements proposed in their U.S. Forest Service master plan. Monarch received Forest Service acceptance of the new master plan last November. The Base Lodge expansion and remodel is the first project of the new plan.

Monarch is spending more than $2.3 million on the expansion/remodel of the Base Lodge. An additional 16,000 square feet of space will enhance the facilities and services to the Base Lodge. The building is being expanded towards the south, making it closer to ski patrol and the mountain. The improvements include rejuvenation of the entire lodge including inside stairs to all levels, a handicap elevator, a fire suppression system and more seating throughout the Lodge.

Guests will notice the new expanded Base Lodge as soon as they arrive. On the right side of the building at the parking level is a direct-to-mountain walk-thru entrance. This walk-thru will pass under the Gunbarrel Cafeteria level and lead to Group Ticketing, Season Lockers, Restrooms, the Picnic Room, the Snowcat Meeting area and an additional Retail Shop before leading to the mountain.

The Sidewinder Saloon will be expanded in several ways. The new kitchen will allow for new and delicious additions to the menu and an additional eighty five seats will allow more guests to enjoy the new menu comfortably.

The Gunbarrel Cafeteria will also benefit from the expansion/remodel. Guests will find a larger scramble area and more food options to choose from. Seating in the cafeteria area will increase from 67 to 520 chairs.

The incredibly popular Family Picnic Room located on the new lower level is growing from 224 to 392 seats. A new family restroom, dressing rooms, lockers and the Snowcat meeting area will be linked to the upper levels with inside stairs and handicap elevator. The entire building will tied together with a new roof, house additional recycling centers and a second ATM machine.

Monarch is also investing an additional $300,000 in capital this season to improve the guest experience. An expansion of the Rental and Demo fleet of skis, snowboards and boots leads this list. In addition, Ski School will "don" new highly-visible green uniforms and Ski Patrol is adding new snowmobiles to assist guests and open terrain quicker and more efficiently.

Monarch Mountain has operated consistently since 1939 in the San Isabel National Forest under a permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

Monarch Mountain Season Pass is Now Good at 21 Resorts.
Telluride highlights the list of new pass partners

Monarch, CO-- Monarch Mountain has added three more areas to its list of pass partners; Telluride and Ski Cooper in Colorado and Ski Apache in New Mexico. All three are now offering free skiing/riding to Monarch Mountain season pass holders. Monarch Mountain passes are accepted at nine Colorado areas, six New Mexico areas and areas in Utah, Wyoming, California, Michigan, Arizona and British Columbia, Canada.

Colorado areas include; Loveland, Durango, Powderhorn, Sunlight, Sol Vista, Silverton, Ski Cooper, Telluride and of course Monarch Mountain.

There are six ski areas in New Mexico that honor the Monarch Mountain season pass: Taos, Angel Fire, Red River, Pajarito, Sipapu and Ski Apache.

In Utah, Alta offers Monarch Mountain pass holders half-price tickets all season while Grand Targhee, Wyoming and Revelstoke, British Columbia offer free skiing/riding to Monarch Mountain season pass holders.

China Peak, California, Arizona Snowbowl and Indianhead Michigan round out Monarch Mountain's pass partner team for the 2011-12 season.

"We are very excited to have added Telluride as one of our pass partners for this season" said Rich Moorhead, Monarch CEO. "Telluride is a truly world class destination resort that our guests owe it to themselves to visit".

Revelstoke, British Columbia, returns this season with an offer that includes three days of free skiing/riding and half-price lodging at the Nelsen Lodge located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Monarch Mountain skiers/riders who used their pass benefits last winter in Revelstoke came home with excellent accounts of a great mountain complemented by a charming town.

21 different areas all for one low price make the Monarch Mountain season pass the best value in North America. Season passes are on sale for $339.00 (Adult price, other prices are available on the website) through November 6, 2011. Most of Monarch Mountain's pass partners offer three days of free lift tickets, but some offers vary. Details and pricing can be found at www.skimonarch.com or by calling a friendly local at 719.530.5105

New at Monarch Mountain for the 2011-12 Season.
Learning to Ski or Ride just got easier at Monarch Mountain

Monarch, CO—Monarch Mountain is once again reinvesting in the area by spending $1.3 million in area improvements for the 2011-12 season. These improvements carry on with Monarch Mountain's mission to always improve the skiing and riding experience, and new skiers and riders are at the top of the list.

New Lift on Snowflake
A new 450 foot covered conveyor lift is being installed at the base of the mountain serving the Snowflake beginner terrain. The new lift will be named "Caterpillar" complementing Monarch Mountain's butterfly brand. Conveyor lifts run along the surface of the snow making it very easy for beginner skiers and snowboarders to load and unload the lift. The clear Plexiglas cover will protect riders from the elements as they go up the mountain.

The Tumbelina lift's mid-way unloading station that provided access to Snowflake will be removed so skiers and riders will not have the confusing option of where to unload; Tumbelina will still continue to access Freeway, Beeline, Little Mo and Rookie. Beginner lift tickets, rental equipment and lesson packages will not only be affordable but more comfortable for the beginner skiers and riders with Caterpillar as the new surface lift. Snowflake will continue as a great beginner area for lessons and those needing a gentle slope to get their "ski legs" back under them.

New Rental Equipment
Monarch Mountain is adding 200 new sets of HEAD skis, boots and bindings this year to the fleet of 600 sets that were purchased for the 2010-11 season. New high end demo equipment from K2, Volkl, Dynastar and Salomon is also being brought in this season.
Never Summer snowboards is providing new 2011-12 boards for the new Never Summer Demo Center that will be located in the Rental/Lesson Center.

Faster Registration Gets You on the Mountain Quicker
Monarch Mountain has invested $50,000 in computer network upgrades to speed transactions at the area. Registration time for Lessons and Rentals will be easier for the guest; the process will be simpler with less paperwork getting you on the snow faster. Monarch Mountain's online reservation system for season passes, lift tickets and gift cards will also be streamlined creating easier and quicker transactions.

Paved Paradise
Monarch Mountain's main parking lot has been completely covered in asphalt this summer, so gone are the days of collecting mud on the bottoms of your boots and your car. Sometimes simple pleasures are the best!

An Improvement We Wll All Appreciate
Continuing with simple pleasures, the restrooms in the Main Lodge have been remodeled from top to bottom; new entrances, new flooring, new fixtures, new tile, new partitions and new paint. The restroom remodel will help improve the experience for everyone.

New Cat for Monarch Snowcat Tours
A new Prinoth 350 Snowcat, with a custom cabin has been ordered for Monarch Snowcat Tours. This new cat will be more reliable and a faster insuring that Monarch Snowcat Tours will continue as the premier Snowcat operation in the US.

Odds and Ends
Other improvements that will affect the guest experience are; an additional Brita Hydration Station has been installed in the Main Lodge, to keep guests hydrated.
A Communications Center ,next to the Season Pass Desk, which houses a weather station and flat screen that will display the snow report, event information, road reports and any other announcements.

Freshie's Deli, the popular addition to Monarch Mountain's food and beverage last season, has acquired a new toasting oven. Toasted sandwiches will be added to the already fresh, quick and delicious menu.

New maze direction and dividers on Panorama. The Panorama lift will now have lift lines coming in from the west side with new vinyl panel maze dividers to keep lines organized and orderly.
At Monarch Mountain, the guest experience is at the top of our list, we will continue to make improvements small and large that keeps the Monarch philosophy and fun, friendly, family atmosphere that we are known for. Monarch Mountain, "real" Colorado Skiing and Riding!

Spring Happenings at Monarch Mountain
Free skiing, Kayaks on Snow, and Cook-off in the lot, all in April.

Special events and free lift tickets will be part of the celebration as Monarch Mountain winds down their 71st season. On Monday April 4, 2011, Monarch Mountain will be offering FREE lift tickets. We want to say "thank you" to our past and present guests and welcome new skiers and riders. In return, Monarch is asking for a voluntary donation of a non-perishable food item that will be given to The Grainery, Salida's local food bank.

Monarch is once again inviting all Crested Butte and Telluride season pass holders to ski for free for the week of April 4-10, 2011. "Crested Butte and Telluride close for the season on April 3, 2011 and we have significant number of their employees and season pass holders visit during our final week" said Greg Ralph, Monarch Marketing Director. "It's a chance to show off our great little ski area. Their pass holders love it and our Food and Beverage department does extremely well" added Ralph.

Kayaks will be returning to the slopes of Monarch Mountain on Saturday April 2, 2011, for the "Sixth Annual Kayaks on Snow Boatercross" competition. This event sends kayakers competing head to head down a course with banked corners, berms, rollers and small jumps. A single elimination format matches the fastest boats in the finals. Entry is $20 and includes a t-shirt. Prizes include a 2011-12 Monarch season pass, a kayak and a cruiser bicycle. The entire event is visible from the base of Monarch Mountain and is extremely entertaining.

The "Cook-off in the Lot" celebrates Monarch Mountain's closing day of the season, Sunday April 10, with food and libations. People have been setting up grills and tailgating in the Monarch Mountain parking lot for years. Several years ago it turned into a full-fledged competition with prizes being awarded for best food and best décor. The only entry cost is having enough food and beverages for the judges. Prizes include a Monarch season pass, lift tickets, goggles, t-shirts and other great SWAG.

For more information on these events please go to www.skimonarch.com or call a friendly local at 719.530.5040.

Monarch Mountain and Revelstoke Mountain Resort Working Together
Exclusive Offers for Monarch Pass holders at Revelstoke

Monarch Mountain is proud to announce their latest season pass partner; Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing. Revelstoke BC Canada will be offering Monarch season pass holders three days of free skiing and 50% off lodging at the Nelsen Lodge. Specials are also available with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing for Monarch pass holders.

Every Monarch Mountain season pass holder can enjoy three days of free skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort during the 2010-11 season when they book a minimum of three nights at the luxurious Nelsen Lodge. To sweeten the deal Monarch pass holders have an exclusive rate starting at $85 per person per night based on double occupancy. "Adding Revelstoke to our pass partner program is fantastic; it gives our pass holders the opportunity to visit one of North America's newest most talked about resorts" said Greg Ralph Monarch Mountain, Marketing Director.

About Revelstoke Mountain Resort: For decades, helicopter and cat skiers from around the world have flocked to Revelstoke, BC, attracted by its perfect powder, varied alpine terrain and quaint mountain community. Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing was the company of choice for guests who wanted the ultimate Heli ski vacation, with over 50 feet of annual snow, 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres) of exclusive terrain and a long history of guiding excellence.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort features 3,031 acres of lift-accessed terrain with a descent of 5,620 feet - the highest in North America. The Resort has two high-speed quad chairs, an eight-passenger gondola and a dedicated beginner slope with Magic Carpet conveyor lift. Amenities at the base of the mountain include the Rockford Wok|Bar|Grill full service restaurant, retail and rental shops, and lift ticket and skier services. The lift-accessed Mid-Mountain Lodge featuring stunning views, a self-serve restaurant, espresso bar, and deck with a barbeque is also located on the mountain.

Monarch Mountain located in South Central Colorado is what you expect from a real Colorado ski area. Abundant natural snow (350 + in.) and friendly people are two of the areas strongest attributes. You 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.

Monarch Mountain Season Pass Now Good at 18 Ski Areas
Revelstoke, Canada Among Seven New Pass Partners

Monarch Mountain has added an additional seven ski areas to their season pass for the 2010-11 ski season. Revelstoke Mountain Resort British Columbia, Taos and Red River New Mexico, China Peak California, Sol Vista Colorado, Arizona Snowbowl and Indianhead Michigan are new to the Monarch pass.

The seven new areas will be joining Loveland, Silverton, Durango, Sunlight and Powderhorn Colorado; Angel Fire, Sipapu and Pajarito New Mexico; Alta Utah and Grand Targhee Wyoming. The benefits vary at each partner area but most are offering three complimentary tickets to Monarch pass holders and Monarch offers the same to each partner area pass holder.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia Canada is offering all Monarch pass holders three days of complimentary lift tickets, 50% off on lodging at the Nelson Lodge and discounts on Heli skiing with Selkirk Heli Skiing. "The Revelstoke discounts can be used to put together a great Canadian ski vacation for our pass holders" said Greg Ralph, Monarch Marketing Director. "Building value in our season pass is a major goal and we're very excited about this season's pass offerings" added Ralph.

Taos is back as a Monarch pass partner this season offering up to five ½ price tickets to each Monarch pass holder. Taos helps solidify Monarch's pass as the best deal in the region; all of the northern New Mexico areas, southern Colorado areas and Arizona Snowbowl are now on the Monarch Mountain season pass.

Early Season pass prices, through November 6, 2010 for the 2010-11 season are: Adult (16-61); $329, Students (13-15); $199, Juniors (7-12); $99, Seniors (62-68); $199, Kid's (under 7) ski FREE at Monarch Mountain. Details can be found at www.skimonarch.com or by calling 719-530-5040.

Denver's Westword magazine picked the Monarch Season Pass as the Best Pass Deal in their 2010 Best Of issue and this season the Monarch pass is a bigger better deal.

New at Monarch Mountain for the 2010-11 Winter Season

Monarch, CO--Monarch Mountain is investing $1.2 million in area improvements for the 2010-11 season, these enhancements are due to a record breaking 2009-10 winter season. Monarch Mountain will once again reinvest in the area. Keeping with Monarch Mountain's mission to always improve the skiing/riding experience, families are at the top of the list.

Lift Improvements
A new base terminal for the Garfield Chair Lift leads the list of improvements. A new and improved loading station, drive units and hydraulics will create an entirely new base terminal at Monarch Mountain's most popular chair. The new base terminal will allow Garfield to run more efficiently with less stops for skiers and riders getting on and off the lift. The Pioneer quad chair lift will see a new unloading ramp at the top, helping ease the unloading process. Both Garfield and Pioneer lift mazes will see new lane dividers to facilitate the flow of maze traffic.

Base Lodge
The "highest Starbuck's in the free world" will get even higher. Starbuck's will be relocated to the top floor of the main lodge so customers can easily enjoy a snack or beverage with family and friends. A new deli will inhabit Starbuck's former location at the mid-level corridor. The deli will be ideal for guest looking to get a quick sandwich, salad, snack and a drink and get back on the slopes.
Last years installment of the "Hydration Station" on the top level of the main building was such a success, two additional ones will be installed for this winter. The Picnic Room on the lower level of the main lodge and the Rental/Lesson center building will now have Hydration Stations. "Drinking water to stay hydrated at high altitude is very important and we want to make it as convenient as possible for our guests" said Rich Moorhead, Monarch Mountain CEO.

Rental/Lesson Center
Rental and Lesson Center guests will appreciate the addition of 600 sets of new Head rental skis, boots and bindings. These will be complemented by new snowboard and demo skis. New boot dryers will be added to the rental shop and the reservation counter will be remodeled to speed up the delivery of reserved equipment.

Just For Kids
Kids are "king" at Monarch Mountain, so several improvements and upgrades are aimed at the younger generation. A new Yurt for the junior mountain program will be used for registration and as a warming hut for the older offspring. The Children's Center will be remodeled to better serve the younger tikes.
On mountain improvements will be made for beginners and families. Beginners will find a new gentler access point paralleling Romp which will make it easier to ski or ride to the terrain on the west side of the mountain. Tilt, the popular kids' terrain park, will acquire several new "features", keeping it fresh and fun. The "Organic" K2 Terrain Park will also have several new "all natural" features and a new log entrance (all features and the entrance are made from downed trees at the area). The addition of a new Prinoth Bison Snowcat will let allow the cat drivers to groom more terrain and lay down Colorado's only "all natural" corduroy for skiers and riders to enjoy.

Fifth Annual Kayaks on Snow Boatercross

Kayaks will be returning to the slopes of Monarch Mountain on Saturday, April 3, 2010. Kayakers from Colorado and the southwest will be competing for prizes (which include a new Kayak, cruiser bike and 2010-2011 Monarch Mountain season pass) and the all important "bragging rights". The Boatercross event sends multiple kayaks, competing head to head down a course with banked corners, berms, rollers and small jumps. A single elimination format matches the fastest boats in the finals. The specially constructed Boatercross course on the Freeway run, located at the base area, has been a great event for participants and spectators alike.

New Belgium brewery is the title sponsor for this year's event and the crew from Fort Collins will be giving away SWAG and prizes. KEEN footwear will have a prize wheel for everyone to spin. An expo area with Colorado Kayak Supply and the staff from River Runners will keep spectators entertained between heats. The entire event can be viewed from the base lodge deck and is free to the public.

Participant registration for the event is $20 and includes an event T-shirt. The registration opens at 10:00, practice starts at 11:00 and single elimination runs begin at 1:00.

Easter Sunday belongs to the Kids!

The day after the Kayaks on Snow event, Sunday April 4, 2010, is all about Kids. The day will begin with an Easter egg hunt and a chance to ski with the Easter Bunny for children 8 and under. These "8 and unders" are invited to bring their Easter basket up to Monarch Mountain for an Easter egg hunt and to ski with the Easter Bunny. The Easter egg hunt will start at 11:00 at the Children's Center; no lift ticket is required and don't forget your camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny.

An "Expression Session", in the Tilt Terrain Park, is open to kids 12 and under. These young rippers can show off "what they've got" on the small rails, fun boxes and jumps. The Tilt Terrain Park has been very popular with young skiers and riders wanting to try smaller rails, fun boxes and jumps. Monarch Mountain is inviting all young rippers to the mountain to show what they have learned this season. Riders from the Option 23 Freeride Team will be on hand with tips and prizes for the young shredders.

Closing Day Sunday April 11, 2010 takes Tailgating to a whole new level!

The Closing Day Cook-off in the (Parking) Lot celebrates Monarch Mountain's close to another great season with outrageous food and libations. Monarch guests have been setting up grills and tailgating in the Monarch parking lot for years. Several years back this annual event turned into a full-fledged competition with prizes being awarded for best food and best décor. The only entry cost is having enough food and beverages for the judges. Prizes include a 2010-11 Monarch Mountain Season Pass.

For more information on these events please go to www.skimonarch.com or call a friendly local at 719.530.5040.

Monarch Mountain Hosts Kid Fest 2010
January 10, 2010 will be an "extraordinary" day for kids 12 and under.

Monarch Mountain is hosting a special day for kids12 and under as part of the 70th platinum anniversary season celebration. Kid Fest 2010 will consist of FREE activities, contests, games and prizes for the young ones on Sunday, January 10, 2010.

Kids will be able to participate in programs both on and off the snow. Young skiers and snowboarders of all levels with be able to participate in two "expression sessions". The experienced riders will start at 1:00pm in the Tilt Terrain Park, these junior shredders can show off their best moves for prizes. Less experienced skiers/riders or those with special needs will have their own fun box at the base of the Monarch Mountain. The Option 23 Freeride team will be on hand to assist the little ones and start them out safely.

All children will be able to participate in numerous contests for fun and prizes. Teams of five will compete in a snowman contest starting with a pile of snow and supplies kids will be encouraged to use their imaginations building snowmen. There will be a hard boiled egg toss, a can knockdown, a bean bag toss and an obstacle course for a little friendly competition.

A tent at the base of Monarch Mountain will be reserved for Kid Fest 2010 activities. The tent there will host art and craft activities; butterfly mask painting, safety poster coloring and face painting. A Monarch butterfly hunt is scheduled in the afternoon. Kids will search for hidden Monarch butterflies around the base of Monarch Mountain.

All events will be hosted by MC Safety Sam, Monarch's "uber cool" safety mascot. Closing Ceremonies at 3:00pm will announce the day's winners and award prizes which include season passes, day tickets, ski merchandise and toys.

Monarch Mountain is a Colorado family favorite; kids six and under ski free every day. At Monarch you'll lose the crowds but not your family. More information can be found at 719.530.5040 or www.skimonarch.com.

Monarch Mountain Opening Wednesday November 25, 2009
Monarch will be celebrating its 70th Platinum Anniversary season.

Monarch Mountain will open on the day before Thanksgiving for the 2009-10 season. The area will have 3 chairlifts; Pioneer, Panorama & Tumbelina and the Children's Ski School carpet lifts in operation. The area plans to open the Garfield and Breezeway chairs on Saturday. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced runs will be open offering packed powder skiing for all levels of skiers and riders. The Tilt terrain park will be open with new features for this season.

Monarch will have all services in full operation. The rental shop will have ski and snowboard equipment tuned, waxed and ready to go. Monarch's professional instructors are waiting to help you get your season started off right with group and private ski, snowboard and Telemark lessons. The remodeled Children's Center will be ready for you to drop off your little ones for a fun day in the snow.

All food and beverage outlets will be open; Starbucks, the Gunbarrel Grill and the famous Sidewinder Restaurant & Saloon will be cooking up delicious new items for you to enjoy. The Monarch Mountain Sport Shop is overstocked with the latest gear from Smith, Volcom, Columbia, Orage, Swany, Stormtech and others so stop in for a huge selection.

Monarch has received 60 inches of snowfall so far this season and currently has a 36 inch mid-mountain base depth. The forecast is calling for snow showers this weekend, stay in touch with the Monarch Mountain Snow Report at 888.996.7669 for the latest conditions. For complete Monarch information please go to www.skiMonarch.com.

What's new at Monarch Mountain for 2009-2010?

The 2009-10 ski season will mark Monarch Mountain's 70th year of operations. This summer various improvements have been made to the area to make the "70th Platinum" season special.

The improvements start in the base area; the Lesson/Rental Center building is getting a new entrance vestibule to keep the building warmer and guests dryer. Speaking of dryer, the Rental Shop has installed two new boot dryers to provide dry fresh boots for rental customers. The rental department has also invested over $55,000 in new equipment. The latest high end skis from K2, Salomon and Volkl and snowboards from K2 and Burton have been added to the demo fleet. Monarch has also brought in some beginner specific boots from Salomon that make walking around the base area easier.

On the mountain projects have been completed to improve the skiing/riding experience. Tree islands have been removed on Mirage, Turbo, Snowburn, and Short & Sweet. The trees will be used in the K2 Organic Terrain Park to build more natural features. The Tilt terrain park that was put in for kids and beginners looking for smaller terrain features was so popular that is has been more than doubled in size. Tilt will still have smaller less intimidating jumps, berms and rails but now there will just be more of them.

Monarch Mountain has always been respectful of the environment and is considered a very "Green" ski area. In keeping with that tradition Monarch has done various improvements that are environmentally friendly that you may not notice. More than $6000 was invested this season in upgrading the Main Lodge lighting systems. A new dimmer panel was installed and every light is now using energy efficient bulbs that use 75% less electricity. Also in the Main Lodge Monarch has installed a recycling / hydration station; clearly marked slots will help guests dispose of waste in a responsible manner and the hydration fountain is designed to refill bottles and hydration packs with free cold filtered mountain spring water.

Monarch allocates extensive resources to ensure water purity at the area and downstream, including the operation of their own wastewater treatment plant. New wastewater lab equipment is being purchased to guarantee that the water treatment plant is functioning properly. Additional asphalt was laid in the parking lot to improve drainage which alleviates mud and helps maintain water quality. Each summer Monarch removes more than 150 tons of silt that accumulates in runoff basins at the base of the mountain. These silt basins prevent the dirt from going downstream as the snow melts each spring.

The Monarch Mountain Sport Shop was expanded last season to add more products including items from Smith, Cloudveil, Columbia, Kavu and others. As you enter the Sport Shop this season you will notice even more new lines, along with new rental jackets and pants for guests looking to rent warm, dry outerwear.

A new larger deck has been added to the Children's Center to help with the registration process and get the kids out on the snow easier. The reservations system that was installed last season has become so popular that more space was needed for the children and their parents as they got ready for their lessons.

Every year Monarch invests in new projects and items that aren't really noticed by guests; kitchen equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles, tractors, radios, carpeting, computers etc. This season is no exception; one of those unseen upgrades is a new weather station. The weather station will be located at the top of Mirkwood Bowl and will provide real time data on temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction. This information will allow the Monarch Mountain Ski Patrol to better understand the weather conditions, allocate their resources for avalanche control work and be able to safely open terrain.

For the 2009-10 season Monarch Mountain will invest over $250,000 in improvements to the ski area bringing the total capital investment over the past 4 seasons to three million dollars. Monarch is also spending $100,000 on its Master Development Plan Project this summer for scoping and environmental analysis.

The Monarch Mountain ownership group is committed to improving the skiing and snowboarding experience.

Hippity-Hoppity-Ho Monarch has an Easter Glow
Closing Day Activities at Monarch Mountain

Monarch CO. Sunday April 12, 2009 marks the end of Monarch Mountain's 69th operating season and they are closing out the season with something for everyone in the family. An Easter egg hunt and a chance to ski with the Easter Bunny for children 8 and under will start the day. An Expression Session is open for kids 12 and under that want to show off "what they've got" on the small rails, fun boxes and jumps in the Tilt Terrain Park. The day will peak with the annual Monarch Mountain Cook-off in the Lot.

All children 8 and under are invited to bring their Easter Basket up to Monarch for an Easter egg hunt and to ski with the Easter Bunny. The Easter egg hunt will start at 11:00 at the Children's Center; no lift ticket is required and please bring your camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny.

The Tilt Terrain Park has been very popular with young skiers and riders wanting to try smaller rails, fun boxes and jumps. Monarch is inviting everyone 12 and under up to the mountain to show what they have learned this season. Riders from the Option 23 Freeride Team will be on hand with tips and prizes for the young shredders.

The Cook-off in the Lot celebrates Monarch's closing day of the season with food and drink. People have been setting up grills and tailgating in the Monarch parking lot for years and several years back it turned into a full-fledged competition with prizes being awarded for best food and best décor. The only entry cost is having enough food and beverages for the judges. Prizes include a 2009-10 Monarch Mountain Season Pass.

For more information on either event please go to www.skimonarch.com or call a friendly local at 719.530.5040.

One Call-One Click Reservations, New Kid's Park and 69 Ski Free
Everyone benefits from 2008-09 Monarch Mountain improvements.

Monarch, CO. Monarch Mountain has been making improvements this summer that all skiers and riders will enjoy this winter. A new reservations system has been installed to make it easier for guests to purchase everything they need. Lift tickets, rental equipment, ski lessons, children's programs and even Snowcat trips can all be reserved with one call to 888.996.7669. Reservations for most products can also be made online at www.skimonarch.com . As an incentive to purchase tickets online, an all-day adult lift ticket can be reserved for only $44; $10 off the ticket window price of $54.

Guests with reserved products will be directed to the new Will Call Center to pick up their tickets or rental and lesson vouchers. The Will Call Center is conveniently located just inside the newly remodeled Ski School/Rental Center. "We wanted to improve the morning ticketing, ski school and rental process this season" said Rich Moorhead, Monarch President. "We added a reservations call center and a will call center to streamline the process, guests will be on the mountain enjoying themselves quicker" added Moorhead.

The entire Ski School/Rental center has been remodeled. Two additional electronic kiosks have been installed to the rental registration area bringing the total to five, making it easier to purchase rental equipment. A new boot drying system has been added and the rental fleet has been expanded. New skis in both the Alpine and Telemark variety from K2, Salomon, and Volkl and snowboards from Burton have been added to the rental and demo fleets.

On the mountain the changes continue; a kid's terrain park Tilt is new this year. 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 also be a great place for beginners to get some experience on small terrain features. Intermediate and advanced level riders will find terrain changes as well; 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 of the natural log features that give the run its character.

The logs being used for features on K2 are actually being cut down from the side of Sleepy Hollow which is being widened this season. "Sleepy Hallow is one of our most popular areas, widening it will make it a better run" said Moorhead. Liberty will be another good green run for beginners, located where the Ricochet terrain park was, it will be a nice wide cruiser to practice your skills.

Advanced skiers will appreciate that 200 acres of new terrain has been added to the Snowcat area. Monarch has also been very busy working with the United States Forest Service on their proposed master plan that includes lift served skiing in the No-Name Bowl. A new 24,000 gallon water storage tank has been installed 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.

Monarch's total investment in capital improvements for the 2008-09 season was more than $600,000.
Monarch Mountain was established in 1939 and in honor of their 69th year of operation Monarch Mountain is lowering the age for free skiing privileges from 70 to 69. Kids 6 and under and 69 and over always ski free at Monarch Mountain.