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season operating plan

UPDATED 1/1/21

As you may expect, there are some changes to our operations in order to abide by the rules set forth by our local and state health officials. These changes we have readily accepted knowing that without them we would not be able to provide for you an environment that is conducive to your well-being as well as the well-being of our staff. Should we need to adjust as the environment either worsens or improves, we will. Any such adjustments or changes/updates will be included on this page as they arise. Our plan meets the guidance for Colorado Ski Areas.

Before your visit, please consider these things:

  • We strongly recommend skiing Monday through Friday if possible. If there has ever been a time for a “Weekday Warrior” movement, this is the time. We know that is not possible for everyone, but those who can and do will be helping those who cannot.
  • Keep checking for developing stories and updates, or stay in the loop to all of our offerings by joining our newsletter from the website.
  • Take some time to jazz up your vehicle and make it comfortable for awesome picnics…just sayin...may as well have some fun with it!
  • Nearer to your visit double-check this page to make sure nothing has changed since you last looked.
Thank you for taking the time to review the following protocols. Ski Well, Be Well.
View additional information from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) here.

ticket + passes

  • All Monarch Season passholders will have access to the lifts any day of the week all season long. No black-out dates and no reservation needed.
  • Season passholders of our Partner Resorts will have access to the lifts any day of the week all season long (three times only). No black-out dates and no reservation needed. Show eligible pass at the Ticket Window for a printed ticket.
  • Monarch season passholders visiting our Partner Resorts should check with that resort to find out if there are any restrictions on using a partner pass.
  • Season passholders of the Powder Alliance Partner Resorts will have access to the lifts Sunday-Friday (three times only) with black-out dates of 12/26/2020-1/3/2021 and 2/13/2021-2/14/2021. Sun-Fri show eligible pass at the Ticket Window for a printed ticket. If visiting any Saturday or during the black-out dates a regular, pre-booked ticket is required and picked-up at the ticket window.
  • Blue Card and Me Cards are SOLD OUT for this season, though reloading of existing cards is available
  • Monarch 2020-21 4-pack ticket holders will have access to the lifts all season long except for blacked out dates as designated on the ticket.
  • Any purchaser of an online ticket will have access to the lifts on the day they select, if available, and as designated on the ticket. The number of tickets sold each day will be variable to reduce peak visitation periods.
  • Purchase of tickets onsite at the ticket windows is available except for MLK weekend (1/16 and 1/17) and President’s weekend (2/13 and 2/14). Day tickets for these days will have to be purchased online no later than the night before (if available). The number of tickets sold for these days will be limited to reduce peak visitation periods.
  • The Monarch Migration ticket is valid Monday through Friday only. Show your eligible pass at the ticket window to purchase a printed, same-day ticket.
  • Monarch season passholders wishing to use their Buddy ticket benefit will need to purchase the Buddy ticket online (if available) no later than the night before if visiting MLK weekend (1/16 and 1/17) and President’s weekend (2/13 and 2/14). Passholder and Buddy must be present at the ticket window to pick up the ticket.
  • Monarch season passholders can obtain an Uphill pass, free of charge. Uphill passes are available at the Outpost in Salida and at Guest Services. Uphillers must sign a waiver form, have an Uphill pass on their person and abide by the Uphill rules.
  • Non-Monarch season passholders can obtain an Uphill Pass for $20. Uphill passes are available at the Outpost in Salida and at Guest Services. Uphillers must sign a waiver form, have an Uphill pass on their person and abide by the Uphill rules.
  • Online ticket pricing is dynamic and may change without notice. We encourage visitors to lock in their discounted ticket price by booking early.

guest services

  • Guests will be expected to wear a face covering anywhere on the Monarch campus including outdoors where six-foot distancing is not achievable.
  • There is no seating available on the upper level of the lodge. Limited indoor seating is available on the Cafeteria level and Tunnel level only.
  • Face coverings will be mandatory at all times while indoors and can be removed only for the purpose of eating or drinking.
  • All Monarch employees will wear face coverings and participate in daily health screenings. Social Distancing, as prescribed by local and state health officials, will be maintained at all times.
  • Overall capacity levels of the main lodge will be monitored and will be limited. Those needing shelter when the lodge reaches capacity will need to do so in their vehicles.
  • There are seating time limits at every table and in each room. No lengthy reserving/hoarding/hanging out at of tables or in any room.
  • Hosts will be available to assist those with questions and concerns at each level during peak times.
  • Food and/or beverage that has not been prepared by Monarch Mountain cannot be brought into the lodge. Sack Lunches will need to be eaten outdoors or in your vehicle. Food and/or beverage carried on one’s person for the purpose of consuming outdoors is permitted.
  • Changing of one’s clothing should be done at home, hotel room, or at one’s vehicle.
  • Items left in the lodge unattended will be picked up and moved to Lost and Found at the Guest Service Desk.
  • Day lockers in the lodge will not be available. Please leave personal items you are not carrying on your person in your vehicle.
  • The Season Pass check-in area has been expanded and updated. Ticket windows have been updated to accommodate touch-free Credit Card processing as well as providing partitions between guests.
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed at all guest-facing areas.
  • Signage will be placed throughout the campus to educate, direct and encourage guests regarding new protocols.
  • Childcare at the Children Center has been suspended for the season.
  • Sanitation and cleaning regiments have been significantly enhanced throughout the lodge and bathrooms.

mountain operations

  • All guests will be required to wear face coverings while in the lift line and while riding on lifts.
  • Cohorts and/or family members may ride the lift together.
  • Individuals will be permitted to ride alone should they request to do so at all lifts except for the Pioneer Lift (Four-Seater).
  • When necessary, individuals will ride with another individual on the Pioneer Lift (Four-Seater) with two empty seats in between each individual.
  • Social distancing will be adhered to at each lift with extra spacing provided at each lift maze. Masks or face coverings are not required while skiing or riding. Gatherings in the Base Area of groups who are not cohorts will be discouraged.
  • Tickets/passes will need to be readily presented to the ticket scanner at each lift for validation.
  • Monarch Cat Skiing will not be selling single seats. The entire Cat must be booked by one party. Cat Skiing group size will follow health department guidance.
  • Parking lot shuttles will follow local health department guidance such as 50% capacity, wearing face coverings, socially distanced seating and don’t get on if you’re feeling ill.

food + beverage

  • Food is available at various Monarch venues to include 2 new outdoor food trailers; Fly By Burritos and Shredders Grill. Click here for venues and hours.
  • The Gunbarrel Cafeteria will have grab and go items only, no special orders from the grill and no open food, self-serve stations.
  • Appropriate capacity for all food venues, as set by the local and state health agencies, will be monitored at all times.
  • Booths with dividers between them have been installed in the Sidewinder Saloon.
  • Bar stools in the Sidewinder Saloon have been removed or replaced to allow for distancing.
  • There is additional seating (Adirondack chairs) to encourage eating and relaxing outdoors.
  • The Picnic Room has been converted to overflow seating areas for the main lodge. No sack lunches/coolers/crock pots/etc. will be permitted.
  • At the Sidewinder Saloon, seating is limited and one must wait to be seated by the host/hostess. Take out options from the Sidewinder has been significantly enhanced.

ski + ride school

  • The Rental and Lesson Center capacity will hold strictly to guidelines set by the local and state health agencies.
  • All programs are half day only. Face coverings are mandatory during the lesson unless appropriate physical distancing is adhered to.
  • Family private lessons are specially designed for families of all levels to learn together. Private lessons are highly encouraged.
  • Childcare is not available this season.
  • At least two day advance booking of lessons/rentals is required the week of 12/19/20 – 01/03/21 and every Saturday/Sunday.
Monarch Mountain is an equal opportunity provider and operates under a special use permit with the Pike San Isabel National Forest.
Anyone who needs assistance with accessing the content on this website please call 719.530.5000.