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Monarch Cat Skiing

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 1,000-plus 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 six hours per day and get an average of 8,000 to 10,000 total vertical feet.

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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.

Monarch Cat Skiing has been operating since 1990 under a US Forest Service Outfitter/Guide permit, and is one of the premium cat skiing programs in North America.

Booking and Refund Policy

Book at least 48 hours in advance online or by calling (888)-996-7669 x 5028 (locally (719) 530-5028). Seating is limited to 12 guests per day. For individual bookings, we require at least five reservations for the cat to run on any given day. The minimum age limit for cat skiers is 14 with a parent or guardian present, though we will give special consideration for younger guests with full cat bookings. Skiers and riders ages 17 and younger must have a Monarch Cat Skiing release signed by a parent or legal guardian.

For information on our refund policy, click here.

Tour Cost

Regular Season - January 10–March 22, 2015

  • Individual: $300 total, $300 payment is required upon booking
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Full Cat (12 people): $3,300 total, $1650 deposit is required upon booking

Early/Late Season - December 29, 2014–January 9, 2015 and March 23–April 12, 2015

  • Individual: $225 total, $225 payment is required upon booking
  • Full Cat (12 people): $2,475 total, $1,237.50 deposit required upon booking

Payment in full is due 3 weeks prior to trip date and is non-refundable except under the conditions outlined in our refund policy.

HEAD Wordmark BlackOur Rental Shop has powder specific high performance skis and snowboards available for a daily rate. (48 hour advance reservation) Reserve Them Here.  Be sure to pick up your rental equipment at 8am the morning of your trip.

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Cat Skiing Schedule

When you arrive at Monarch Mountain, park towards the left side of the parking lot and you will see the Monarch Cat Skiing sign on the entrance door of the main day lodge.  The Cat Skiing meeting area and lounge, as well as restrooms, are located inside this entrance level. 

7:30 – Java Coffee Shop: open on the top level, two flights up, of main day lodge. 

8:00 – Gunbarrel Cafeteria: one flight up, open for breakfast and sells drinks or snack foods to take with you. A hearty breakfast is suggested as you will burn calories throughout the day. Pick-up your equipment from the Rental Shop if you reserved special equipment.

8:30 - 9:00- ORIENTATION: meet your guides in the Cat Skiing Lounge, watch a short safety video, fill out and sign liabilty release forms, and be issued BCA Avalanche Beacon and/or BCA Float Packs. Personal avalanche equipment may be used. Cat Skiing Release Form

9:00 - 9:15 - Board the Breezeway lift to meet the snowcat at the top Patrol building.

1:00 - 1:45 – Complimentary lunch is provided back at the Cat Skiing Lounge.

4:00 PM – Trip Ends; back at Cat Skiing Lounge.  

Before heading home meet in the Sidewinder Saloon for a complimentary house wine, draft beer, or well drink along with bragging rights about your day.

Click here for current backcountry conditions from the CAIC.

Learn more about the hazards of Tree Well & Snow Immersion Suffocation

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