Monarch Cat Skiing

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Great powder, spectacular views, 1,000 plus acres of expert terrain, steeps, trees, cliffs, and bowls – that's Monarch Mountain's snowcat terrain.
Any Cat Skiing guest wanting a BCA Float Pack will be issued one for the day along with the mandatory beacon.


Considered some of the best snowcat skiing in Colorado, guests enjoy skiing/riding in closely spaced trees, variable snow conditions and extremely steep slopes.

Watch the video below to see some of the incredible terrain you could ride during a Monarch Mountain snowcat tour!

A normal Cat Skiing day will average 10 to 12 runs at an average of 900 vertical feet per run. This is steep, expert terrain with varying conditions to be expected.

Snowcat Skiing at Monarch Mountain Colorado Ski Resort

Tune those fat skis or board, get a good nights rest, have a healthy breakfast, put a smile on your face, and be prepared for one of the best snow days you've ever had!! Monarch Mountain, REAL Colorado!!

Space is limited to 12 guests per day and the snowcat runs from the end of December through early April as conditions permit. It's always a possibility that earlier trips may become available. We do require a minimum of five reservations to run a snowcat trip. Minimum age for Cat Skiing is 14. Ages 14-17 require a signed release by parent. Please call 719.530.5105 for availability. 

"Monarch Cat Skiing services 1000 acres, all of which are just outside the Monarch ski area boundary. But Monarch Cat Skiing proves the old adage that looks can be deceiving. The terrain is steep, the snow falls in copious amounts and the attitude is laid back, which is why FREESKIER tries to fill one of their snowcats with a bunch of pros every winter for an epic day"
--FREESKIER Magazine

Tour Cost

Regular Season - January 13 -March 23, 2014

Individual: $300 total, $300 required deposit
Full Cat (12 people): $3,300 total, $1650 required deposit

Early/Late Season - December 29, 2013 – January 12, 2014 and March 24 – April 13, 2014

Individual: $225 total, $225 required deposit
Full Cat (12 people): $2,475 total, $1,237.50 required deposit

Snowcat toursPayment in full is due 3 weeks prior to trip date and is non-refundable.

HEAD Wordmark BlackOur Rental Shop has powder specific high performance skis and snowboards available for a daily rate. Reserve Them Here.


Cat Skiing Schedule

When you arrive at the area, park toward the left side of the parking lot and you will notice a Monarch Cat Skiing sign on the south entrance of the main lodge.  The Cat Skiing meeting room is located just inside this entrance on the parking lot level.

8:00 - Monarch Gunbarrel Cafeteria is open for breakfast.  A good breakfast is suggested; you will burn calories throughout the day.

8:30 - 8:45 - ORIENTATION with the guides in the Cat Skiing room.  You will meet your guides, watch a short video, sign release forms, and get beacons and BCA Float Packs issued.
Cat Skiing Release Form

9:00 - 9:15 - Board Breezeway Lift to meet snowcat.

1:00 - 1:45 - Lunch; box lunches are provided for all Cat Skiing guests.

4:00 (approximately) - Back at base area.  Meet in the Sidewinder Saloon for a complimentary cocktail and bragging 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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Photos of Various Cat Trips


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