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Ski Patrol + Safety

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.

719 - 530 - 5111

If you encounter an accident while on the slopes, take off your skis and place them in an ‘X’ sticking out of the snow, uphill from the accident to alert other skiers and riders. Then, locate the nearest Monarch employee and ask them to contact Ski Patrol, or flag down a passerby and ask them to alert a Monarch employee for you. Please call our Dispatch number above if you have any emergencies and tell the nearest Monarch staff member.

Practice Safety

Beacon Basin Training Park is located near the base of the Panorama Lift. The park was established by the Monarch Ski Patrol for guests and staff to practice with their avalanche rescue beacons (“transceivers”).

The park features up to eight buried transceivers that are wired to a central control panel. The park scenario and signals are changed daily. Probes are available to use. Please do not dig up the transceivers as they are only designed to transmit and work within the park system.

Monarch Ski Patrol is available to answer any questions you may have about the park. Feel free to stop in at Patrol HQ, ask a patroller on the mountain, or call MSP Dispatch at 719-530-5111 for assistance.

Other Safety Tips
Avalanche Risk

While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at ski area, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of the snow and its application on steep mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness. Visit Avalanche.org or contact the Monarch Ski Patrol for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death.

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.

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: http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/

Learn about Safety on the Slopes
Be Safe Out There

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

http://www.nsaa.org/safety-programs/
http://www.nsp.org
http://www.kidsonlifts.org
http://www.lidsonkids.org