Mountain Information

Winter Hours  |  November through April
Lifts:  9 am to 4 pm

Lodge:  8 am to 5:30 pm
Rental shop:  8 am to 4: 30 pm

Monarch is open seven days a week, including holidays, all season.

Summer Hours  |   April 11, 2016 through opening day
Administrative offices:  8:30 am to 4 pm

Monarch's administrative offices are open Monday through Friday during the summer.

Monarch by the Numbers

Monarch operates under permit of the US Forest Service and has been in operation since 1939. The ski area is located along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range of the San Isabel National Forest.


Skiable acres800
Base elevation10,790 feet
Summit elevation11,952 feet
Vertical drop1,162 feet
Hike-to terrain130 acres
Extreme terrain88% of Mirkwood Basin


We don't make snow, Mother Nature does. Our flakes aren't fake! 

Annual snowfallApproximately 350+ inches
Ski seasonTypically 5 months  (late November to early April)



Lift-served trails53
Green (easiest) trails27%
Blue (more difficult) trails30%
Black (most difficult) trails43%
Longest run1 mile



Fixed quad lift1 (Pioneer)
Fixed double lifts4 (Garfield, Tumbelina, Breezeway, Panorama)
Conveyor lift1 (Caterpillar)
Surface lifts (ski school only)2 (Congo, Safari)
Uphill Capacity8,900 skiers per hour