Mountain Safety

At Monarch, safety is our first priority. Please ski and ride with caution and within your abilities.

Skier & Rider Responsibility

Monarch Mountain can be enjoyed using alpine, snowboard, telemark or specialized ski equipment like that used by disabled skiers. Regardless of how you enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others, ski and ride within your abilities, and remember the skier/rider responsibility code.

Skier & Rider Responsibility Code

This partial list has been officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association.

   • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects
   • People ahead of you have the right of way
   • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above
   • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others
   • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
   • Observe all posted signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails and out of closed areas
   • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely

Learn about Safety on the Slopes

Learning about safety on the slopes is a good idea for any level of skier or rider. We recommend checking out the following resources:

Ski Patrol Dispatch | (719) 530-5111

Our ski patrollers are highly skilled and rigorously trained in mountain safety, first-aid and emergency procedures. You can recognize them by their red parkas with white crosses.The Monarch Ski Patrol Headquarters and Clinic is located at the south end of the parking lot. 

On-Mountain Vehicle & OHV Policy

Monarch Mountain is required, as part of our Special Use Permit (SUP) with the United States Forest Service (USFS), to submit an updated Winter Operating Plan each year.

The operating plan is a working tool that the USFS and Monarch use to establish responsibilities and procedures for the ski area's operations. The plan also authorizes Monarch to conduct activities and provide public services on National Forest System lands within the SUP boundary in accordance with federal law, regulation, and USFS policy. 

As a permitted operation on the San Isabel National Forest, Monarch may establish rules and guidelines within our permitted area. We base these rules and guidelines on a combination of operational, safety, and environmental concerns.

A section of the operating plan covers the Monarch Mountain Vehicle Policy Plan:

  • The vehicle policy plan covers the provisions that apply to everyone wishing to gain access on the mountain in summer/winter (during, before or after normal work hours or for business-related travel). 
  • All vehicles (INCLUDING SNOWMOBILES)  must have prior approval to access Monarch's permitted area. USFS vehicles with proper exterior ID are the only exception to this rule.
  • Company personnel desiring access with a vehicle other than a company vehicle must obtain approval from Monarch's General Manager or Vice President of Mountain Operations. 
  • Permission to access the mountain will only be granted to current personnel on company payroll using vehicles for company-related activities.

Tree Well & Snow Immersion

Tree wells can be dangerous. The voids that exist around the bases of trees can trap skiers and riders who fall into them. Please ski/ride with a buddy and treat tree wells with extreme caution.

Learn more about tree wells and snow immersion here.

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Freestyle Terrain

Monarch has two terrain parks: Never Summer and Tilt. When using the terrain parks, practice Smart Style:

Start small: Work your way up. Build your skills.
Make a plan: Every feature. Every time.
Always look: Before you drop.
Respect: The features and other users.
Take it easy: Know your limits. Land on your feet.

Learn more about Smart Style here.

Unmanned Aircraft Policy

Monarch does not allow the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) at any time. Those who wish to use unmanned aircraft must first acquire written permission from Monarch Mountain.