Mirkwood Basin

Skiers and snowboarders have access to 130 additional acres opened for skiing and riding called Mirkwood Basin.

Ripping down Elation 4

Accessible via the Breezeway lift and a 15-minute hike along a cat-track, the terrain offers around 1,100 vertical feet of extreme skiing/riding. This expansion allows skiers/boarders to access steep expert chutes and glades, rock cliffs, and excellent tree skiing previously accessible only via Monarch's Cat Skiing.

Long known for its all-natural champagne powder, short lift lines and small-town friendly crew, Monarch adds another dimension with Mirkwood Basin. Come see why so many people are headed back to Monarch for this double black-diamond experience.

Monarch's Mirkwood Basin

Here's some information about this double-black diamond area:

  • It is a 10-15 minute hike to make the 300 vertical foot climb (1200 linear feet) to the top of the basin.
  • There are roughly 130 skiable acres.
  • EXTREME Terrain means: any place within the ski area boundary that contains cliffs with a minimum twenty-foot rise over a fifteen-foot run, and slopes with a minimum fifty-degree average pitch over a one-hundred-foot run. You may also encounter the following: open bowls, cliffs, glades, chutes, rocks and trees. Only for the experienced skier/rider.
  • An egress road will bring you back to a run called Never Summer which ends up at the main base lodge.
  • Mirkwood Basin closes at 2:30pm in order to allow skiers/boarders venturing into the area to accomplish their hike, ski/ride, and exit the area before Patrol does its closing sweep of this extreme terrain.

Any other specific questions about this area should be directed to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Now get out there and have some fun!

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Mirkwood Tour

IMirkwoodnterested, but a bit hesitant? The Mirkwood Tour is a guided tour of our expert level hike to terrain. Tours take place on Saturdays at 11:30am for 2.5 hours. Orientation and information lap through Mirkwood (Extreme Terrain). The Mirkwood Tours are available for skiers and snowboarders ages 13+ and levels 8+. Cost is $78.
Please call to reserve: 719.530.5196.

Map of Mirkwood Basin