UPHILL TRAVEL IS ALLOWED DURING OPERATING HOURS (9 AM-4 PM) ONLY ON OFFICIAL UPHILL ROUTES AS DESIGNATED ON THE 2016/2017 MONARCH TRAIL MAP

Outside of operating hours, uphill travel is allowed on all trails within the ski area boundary with the following exceptions:

  • Terrain parks (closed at all times)
  • Mirkwood and other avalanche terrain (may be closed--respect signs and/or ropes)
  • Terrain upon which avalanche mitigation, special events, administrative closures, or construction and maintenance activities are taking place (closed as necessary)

Uphill users are considered “skiers” under the Colorado Ski Safety Act.
You are responsible for your own safety at all times while on Monarch Mountain. 

TO MINIMIZE CONFLICTS BETWEEN UPHILL AND DOWNHILL TRAVELERS AND VEHICLES, MONARCH MOUNTAIN HAS DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

EQUIPMENT

  • Uphill travel during operating hours is restricted to skis, split boards, and snowshoes
  • Fat tire bikes are allowed outside of operating hours
  • Sledding is prohibited at all times

TICKETS

  • Monarch season pass holders may receive an uphill season ticket at no additional cost but must sign an uphill travel waiver at the Guest Services desk. All other uphill users must purchase an uphill season ticket for $15 and sign a waiver at the Guest Services desk
  • Uphill tickets must be visible to Monarch Mountain staff
  • Uphill users must have a valid lift ticket/pass to ride lifts

GUIDELINES/SAFETY

  • Ski Patrol and other services are not available outside operating hours. In the event of an emergency, call 911. (Cell coverage may not be available and, if it is, rescue may take many hours)
  • Outside of operating hours, uphill users should ascend in the middle of trails to increase visibility
  • Uphill users must always obey all mountain signage, avoid blind spots, remain visible, and respect area boundaries, rope lines, and closures
  • Uphill users have the responsibility to be aware of downhill traffic and avoid snowmobiles, snowcats, snowcat winch grooming, and other vehicular traffic––these operations run 24 hours a day
  • Be especially aware of the hazards associated with winch snowcats. These snowcats are lowered down the slope by a cable attached to a fixed point above. Winch snowcats can be identified by a blue flashing light; other snowcats display an orange flashing light
  • Just because you can easily see a snowcat doesn't mean the snowcat operator can see you; always stay well clear of all machinery on the mountain

PARKING

  • During the ski season, uphill users are encouraged to park in the area next to the Water Treatment Plant to be clear of parking lot plowing operations
  • Outside of the ski season, uphill users should be aware that parking lot gates are unlocked only during operating hours; these hours are posted on the entrance gate (don't get locked inside!)

DOGS

  • Dogs are allowed only before and after operating hours
  • Dogs must be leashed or under verbal command at all times
  • Please carry bags and clean up after your pooch

AND IN CLOSING...

  • Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in the loss of skiing/riding privileges
  • Thanks, and be safe out there!