Skier Safety

skier safety

Ski Patrol

For your on-hill needs and convenience, Monarch maintains a professional patrol. Our patrollers are highly skilled skiers, well-trained in mountain safety, first aid and emergency procedures, including CPR. You can recognize them by their uniforms: red parkas with a white cross. They're friendly, reliable, knowledgeable and are here to give you aid and information. Patrol Headquarters and Clinic is located in the building just south of the base lodge.  There are also staffed Patrol buildings at the top of the Panorama and Breezeway lifts that may be contacted for help.  Assistance on the mountain can also be obtained by calling the Patrol Clinic (719.530.5111) or requesting assistance from anybody in a Monarch uniform.

In case of accident, use the international signal of skis crossed upright in the snow above the scene of the accident. Report accidents to any area employee. Anyone leaving the "Area Boundary" will forfeit their lift privilege for the day and may be guilty of a Class 2 Petty Offense if that area was designated as "Closed". Leave at established Forest Service Gates Only! Area not patrolled past the "Area Boundary".

Skier/Rider Responsibility

It is your responsibility to observe the codes listed below and share the responsibility while on the mountain.

1) Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2) People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3) You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4) Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5) Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6) Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7) Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
8) Snow maintenance vehicles or snowmobiles may be encountered on any trail at any time.

This is a partial list. Be Safety conscience. (Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).)

Riding Chair Lifts

Individuals must be wearing on-snow equipment (skis, snowboard...etc.) in order to load and unload the chair lifts.  For the safety of you and your child, kids in carry-packs are not allowed on the chair lifts.

Slow Zones

Yellow areas on the trail map denote family skiing and snowboarding zones. They indicate approaches to loading and busy traffic areas. Speeding or recklessness in these areas will result in loss of lift ticket.

Trail Signs

Seriously.Signs are posted throughout our trail network for your convenience and protection. Please observe all posted signs; such as, but not limited to, CLOSED, CAUTION, SLOW and AREA BOUNDARY. Remember, it is illegal to enter closed areas. The posted degree of difficulty of a run is determined by the surrounding terrain and the runs on this mountain only. Comparisons of runs similarly marked at different areas may be misleading. Be advised that all fencing, equipment covers, signage, ropes and other marking devices are in place to inform you and to indicate a potential obstacle or hazard. It is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas.

Colorado Safety Act

Under Colorado law, any person using any of the facilities of the ski area is considered a skier. Colorado has amended its Ski Safety Act in 2004 to include a section on inherent risks and dangers in the sport including freestyle terrain, extreme terrain, cliffs, jumps, and trees. A skier/snowboarder assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of the sport and may not recover from any area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and snowboarding, including changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects or other people; variations in terrain; and the failure to ski or snowboard within the limits of their own ability. Each skier or snowboarder solely has the responsibility for knowing the range of his own ability to negotiate any slope or trail and to ski or snowboard within the limits of such ability. Each skier or snowboarder has the duty to maintain control of his speed and course at all times when skiing or snowboarding and to maintain a proper lookout so as to be able to avoid other people and objects. However, the primary duty shall be on the person skiing downhill to avoid collision with any person or objects below him. No skier or snowboarder involved in a collision with another skier or snowboarder in which an injury results shall leave the vicinity before giving his name and address to an employee of the ski and snowboard area.

Tree Well & Snow Immersion Suffocation

ADA Power Driven Mobility Device Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs of altitude sickness and what to do if I feel them?

  • If you have a queasy stomach, headache, feeling dizzy, having difficulty breathing, or vomiting, you may be experiencing the signs of altitude sickness.  The best thing for you to do is to go to a lower elevation, get some rest, and do some light exercise (at lower altitude), if and when possible.  Drink plenty of water, Gatorade, or Acclimate.  If you are having difficulty functioning, inform any Monarch employee and they will contact Patrol for you.

Is there an easy way down from the top of the mountain?

  • Yes.  Take Skywalker to KC Cutoff and follow the green circle signs to the base area.

Why are certain runs closed?

  • Runs may sometimes be closed for public safety.  Reasons vary from possible avalanche conditions or other existing terrain hazards, or it may be temporarily closed due to machinery operating on the run.