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23 February

IFSA

Monarch Mountain will host its third International Freeskiing Association (IFSA) event. The event will include participants ranging in age from
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22 February

Slopestyle

Monarch Mountain is hosting a Slopestyle event in the Never Summer Terrain Park on Saturday. This will be a judged
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21 February

Sneak Peek

Heading up the pass just west of the town of Garfield, you can grab a few looks at Mirkwood. The
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20 February

Bundle Up

Even the Butterfly looks cold! Temps are below zero and the wind is on the move. Soft snow awaits for
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19 February

In the Zone

Winter continues to deliver! Another cold and snowy week is in the forecast. NWS Forecast
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18 February

Hike & Ski

Blue skies and about two feet of fresh snow made for a great reason to get in a few hikes
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We received some intense bands of snowfall yesterday. Anyone who was up here knows exactly what I’m talking about. We
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16 February

Race the Divide

Today is our COSMIC Race the Divide. This is a Ski Mountaineering Race or “SkiMo”. SkiMo (short for “ski mountaineering”),
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CDOT is conducting avalanche mitigation work along the Highway 50 corridor this morning. There are some temporary closures in place
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13 February

Wild Ride

Hang on to your hats. We are in for a wild ride this week. Anytime they mention atmospheric river or
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12 February

Cat Day

I got out today with our awesome Monarch Cat Skiing staff and some friends from Loveland Ski Area. We had
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11 February

Inherent Risk

As discussed in previous posts, Monarch and the ski industry in general, put forth a great amount of resources in
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09 February

TeleFestivus

Saturday was Telefestivus, a festivus for the rest of us, (telemarkers that is)…Disclaimer – I’m a recovering Tele Skier. Actvities
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08 February

Leftovers

With a 9″ storm total over the last few days and a lot more than that in certain areas that
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07 February

Another Powder Day

The 2018-19 winter season continues to deliver. We are on tap for another powder day today after a great storm
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06 February

Winter Storm Warning

A winter storm warning is in effect. Looks like we are getting back into the goods!
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04 February

Half & Half

The Slope Maintenance department grooms several of our trails with a split between groomed and ungroomed. This allows those that
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02 February

Mirk Hike-To

There is something about ski terrain that requires a little more effort to access. Usually its the better snow conditions
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31 January

The Monolith

The Monolith is located on the Waterdog Ridge near upper Waterdog Lake. This is on the east side of the
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29 January

Gunbarrel

Gunbarrel was the first ski trail cut at Monarch back in the 1930s. Today it is still a classic north-facing
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27 January

Still Good

The skiing is still really fun out there. Soft turns can be found on the designated trails and the north
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26 January

Park Smart

Today is our last event as part of NSAA Safety Month. Our messaging is covering Park Smart and Freestyle Terrain
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24 January

Monarch Cloud

It was another Monarch Cloud day! This is what we refer to when storms deliver quite a bit more snow
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23 January

Morning Gold

Mirkwood and the Cat Skiing Terrain were lit up this morning by the sunrise and fresh snow. Both have excellent
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22 January

Deep

Skiing was deep today!
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22 January

Deja Vu

The Butterfly is getting buried once again. 11″ Overnight and 32″ in the last seven days. We did have upslope
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21 January

Routes

After this weeks’ snowfall, Ski Patrol has been busy conducting explosive avalanche mitigation routes. These have taken place in our
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19 January

Bury the Butterfly!

This storm cycle has been good to Monarch. We buried the butterfly at our Storm Cam. This image shows what
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17 January

Storm a Comin’

Forecast calls for some intense snowfall tonight and into tomorrow. Friday looks like a good day!
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MCS
17 January

MCS

Monarch Cat Skiing conditions are great right now and only getting better. We had the crew from Head Skis/Tyrolia Bindings
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15 January

The Big Picture

I love this view of Monarch! It is taken from across the highway at the site of our All Mountain
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13 January

One Hundred

This weekend’s storm has brought our seasonal snowfall total above the 100″ mark. This benchmark usually means pretty good coverage
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12 January

Backcountry Day

Today is our Backcountry Day event at Monarch Mountain! Join us and the CO AVITalks as part of NSAA National
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11 January

Pow Day!

Great skiing at Monarch today! It snowed all day and the turns got better with each lap. With the snow
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11 January

Bustang

Monarch has collaborated with Bustang, a public bus service operated by CDOT that travels daily from Gunnison to Denver and
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10 January

Wall to Wall

Ski Patrol opened East Trees yesterday bringing our trail openings to 100%. East Trees is a steep run in Mirkwood
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07 January

Beacon Basin

The Beacon Basin Training Park is located near the base of the Panorama Lift in the runout of B’s Bash
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05 January

NSAA Safety Month

January is the National Ski Area Association’s National Safety Month. In support of this effort, Monarch Mountain features weekly safety
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03 January

Sawatch Range

Monarch Mountain is located within the Sawatch Range, which is a subset of Colorado’s Central Rocky Mountains. The name Sawatch
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01 January

Happy New Year

Hope your New Year resolutions include more ski days in 2019.
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31 December

New Year’s Eve

Tonight is our New Year’s Eve torchlight parade and fireworks show. We have 140 spots open for the public to
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30 December

Nice Day

Looks like we are going to have a pretty nice day up here today. Temps should be a bit warmer
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28 December

Monarch Cat Skiing

Monarch Cat Skiing first began in 1990. This program operates under a separate outfitter and guide permit from the ski
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27 December

First Mirk Day

It was a beautiful day with blue skies, no wind, and soft turns to be found in the bowl and
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26 December

Mirkwood Opening!

Mirkwood will open today! With the snow that fell over the last week combined with the upcoming forecast, we should
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25 December

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays from all of us here at Monarch Mountain.
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Looks like we’ll be enjoying the holidays! Snow is in the forecast.
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22 December

Stormin’

It’s dumping up at Monarch. Each lap on the mountain today was better than the last.
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21 December

Winter Solstice

Today marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the shortest day (and the longest night) of the
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19 December

Groomers

During these times in between storms, the freshly groomed trails provide some really fun morning turns. The Slope Maintenance Department
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17 December

Curecanti

We now have all of our lift-served ski trails open after adding Curecanti to the list this weekend. This trail
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16 December

Demo Days

Demo Days are here again! Dec 15/16. Stop by for FREE demo gear. Vendors include Cold Smoke Splitboards, Deviation Ski
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15 December

Tubing in Progress

The Tubing Park is in full swing. Tubing operations will now be open 7 days per week through the holiday
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13 December

Avi Dog Drills

New and returning Monarch staff members are not the only ones that are training as the season gets underway. The
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11 December

Ski Packing

The Monarch Cat Skiing Guides had a full weekend of mitigation work with our ski packers. We loaded up one
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09 December

Pro 1 Avi

We recently held a two-day Pro 1 Avalanche Bridge Exam for several of our guides and patrollers with instructors from
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07 December

Good Stuff

The mountain has some great conditions right now. For early December, we are looking really good. I got out for
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06 December

Mirkwood Recon

I got out to Mirkwood this week to check out how things were filling in after our initial avalanche mitigation
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05 December

Freestyle Terrain

The Park Crew opened the Never Summer Terrain Park today. We have had the guys working on a several other
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04 December

Mirkwood

As I mentioned in an earlier post about the Breezeway Lift, we are now shifting our efforts towards Mirkwood Basin
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02 December

New Grooming Cat

We just added another work cat to our fleet. We now have three work cats, two winch cats, and two
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30 November

Open Bowls

Outback and Shagnasty opened today. They are skiing great and dishing out some sweet pow turns. We now have all
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30 November

Storm Cam

The POW Cam is back! This cam utilizes a 12″ tall Butterfly to indicate storms in progress. It does not
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28 November

Breezeway

With the early snowfall and the Thanksgiving weekend storm, we were able to open the Breezeway Lift on Sunday. It’s
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26 November

Tubing Park Update

Tubing Park operations will begin on Thursday 11-29-18. A separate ticket is needed for tubing and they may be reserved
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25 November

Storm Day!

It was a storm day on Saturday. The snow piled up, the wind was blowing, and it was a great
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24 November

MCS Road Building

The Monarch Cat Skiing snowcat operators started the process of building the over the snow roads into our permitted area.
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23 November

Snow Reporting

Many of you may be curious about how we report snow at Monarch Mountain. There are written guidelines on how
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22 November

Give Thanks

Today is a day to be thankful for good friends, family, health, skiing in November, Colorado blue skies, more snow
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20 November

Disruption Roller

We officially began our Mirkwood avalanche mitigation work this week by deploying the disruption roller. This unit disrupts shear plane
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19 November

Lift Ops Training

The Lift Operations crew wrapped up their pre-season training just in time for opening day. We have several returning staff
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16 November

Opening Day

The 2018-19 winter season is underway. It was a beautiful day with bluebird skies and turns to be found on
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The stoke is high and we are fielding numerous calls on this question. There are some final grooming projects to
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14 November

Mountain Update

We are working on prepping the mountain for Friday’s opening. Snowcats continue to track pack and groom trails. Lift Ops
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13 November

Winch Cat

The winch cat has been out on the mountain helping to set up the snow base on several intermediate and
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12 November

Nov 16th-Opening Day!

Monarch Mountain will be opening for the 2018-19 winter season on Friday-November 16th. We plan to open several lifts and
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11 November

Snow & Cold

Looks like we are in for some cold temps and snow today. Sometimes when it’s this cold, it can be
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10 November

Ski Patrol Training

Ski Patrol is back on the mountain! The department just conducted their annual week-long refresher training up at the ski
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This is the question that everyone has this time of year. The answer is…it depends. As all of you Monarch
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08 November

Snow Harvest

As many of you know, we were considering the implementation of a small snowmaking system for this season. The system
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06 November

Post Storm Update

We received 10″ of high-density snow from the storm on Sunday night into Monday morning. As of Monday morning, we
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02 November

Track Packing

With the latest snowfall this week, the Slope Maintenance Department officially began their snow grooming operations for the 2018-19 winter
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01 November

Fresh Snow

The mountain received 6″ of fresh snow over the last few days. It looks like some cooler and unsettled weather
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31 October

Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween. I will choose a treat. Winter is back. I checked the webcams last night and saw this snow
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30 October

Fence Party

Monarch Cat Skiing utilizes temporary snow-fences to capture snow that is used for building over-the-snow roads in the MCS permitted area.  These
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28 October

Salida Ski Training

While the peaks have been getting snow, the trails are riding sweet in Salida.  Climb, descend, and repeat as needed until the lifts
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26 October

Prescribed Burn

Our Slope Maintenance and Ski Patrol crews are wrapping up the initial efforts of the Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project.  They have
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21 October

Uphill Access

Along with the first snow of the season comes the first round of winter enthusiasts.  Monarch Mountain does have a
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18 October

Job Fair

Monarch will be hosting its first hiring event of the season.  It will be held in the Pioneer Room at
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17 October

Kickoff

Monarch Mountain just took a big step towards getting the 2018-19 winter season underway.  We held our annual Manager’s Kickoff
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14 October

Grinder

The Slope Maintenance Department is utilizing a tub grinder to chip the slash piles that were created during the first phase
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11 October

First Real Snow

We received our first significant snowfall of the season this week with around 6-8″ of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday (and
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10 October

Winter Driving

It’s full on winter conditions out there and the pass is a mess.  I think people forget how to drive
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The ski area received a dusting of snow with more falling on the high peaks.  More snow is in the
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07 October

Snow & Avalanche

Monarch Mountain recently sent a crew of Ski Patrollers and Cat Skiing Guides to the annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop. 
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04 October

Haulin’

The mountain is abuzz with the removal of trees from the vegetation management project.  Logging trucks are busy making their way down
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01 October

Tube Tow

The concrete is in and the bottom lift terminal is being installed by our Lift Maintenance Department.
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28 September

Revegetation

The Slope Maintenance Department uses a hydro-seeder to revegetate soils that are disturbed during our summer mountain projects.  We utilize a weed-free, USFS approved mix of
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27 September

Charlie

Due to our high elevation, we only have one aspen tree on the mountain.  Its leaves are turning gold with
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26 September

Different

A few areas that have been treated can be seen in these photos.  The photo above is looking across towards
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25 September

Wind Turbine Work

The wind turbine at our internet relay site on top of Monarch Ridge received some work this fall.  The engineers that
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24 September

Decked

The contractors working on the vegetation management project are processing and decking trees in preparation for removal from the ski area.  A
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23 September

Tubes

 The new tubes for the tubing park arrived this week!
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22 September

Sign of the Times

Slope Maintenance and Ski Patrol have been working to install new mountain signage.  We are still planning to fabricate a metal
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20 September

Priority Polygons

The first phase of the 5-year Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project aims to treat the yellow priority polygons shown below.  While
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18 September

Before & After

Here are two photos showing how the efforts put forth in the vegetation management project are changing the look of our
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The forms for the new tubing lift are in with the concrete scheduled for next week.  The lift that is being
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13 September

Thinning

  Tree thinning continues on the Garfield and Pioneer side of the mountain as the Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project
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10 September

Aspens

The drive down the pass is pretty nice this time of year!  Be sure to stop and take in the
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09 September

Gladed Skiing & Riding

Thinning along the top tree islands of Gunbarrel Ridge can be seen in the photo below.  In just a few
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07 September

Vegetation Management

Two feller buncher machines and a processor showed up this week to begin work on the Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project.  These
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05 September

Misty Mountain Hop

Cool, wet weather has moved in this week and it feels like fall out there.  It seems like we hit
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04 September

Top of Mirk

The view never gets old up here.  Although, I do like it better with snow!  The air is starting to
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CDT
01 September

CDT

The Continental Divide Trail passes right through the Monarch Mountain Ski Area.  The Colorado Trail that goes from Denver to Durango
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29 August

Tubular

The tubing park grading work is complete and the lift installation will soon be underway.  Huge thanks goes out to
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26 August

A View From Above

As part of our operating plan with the USFS, we follow established protocols that enable us to utilize unmanned aerial  systems (drones)
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23 August

Signs, Signs

We are continuing to upgrade our on mountain signage with 6″ x 6″ rough sawn timbers and sharp graphics.  The ski patrol
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Already seeing some hints of changes in the high country on Monarch Pass.  
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20 August

Snow Fences

Another project we are working on this summer is the addition of new snow fences.  We have utilized snow fences
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Monarch Mountain is an isolated ski area located high on the Continental Divide.  We have no condos, base area development,
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14 August

Rocky Mountains

Rocks…there is no shortage of them up here and our mountain range looks to be aptly named.  We have been cleaning
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Tour cats are ready…are you?  The vehicle maintenance staff has completed their summer work on both tour cats.  The calendar
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08 August

Alpine Tundra

The alpine tundra has been appreciative of the change in the weather. After a hot and dry start to summer,
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The Vehicle Maintenance crew is going though our fleet of snowcats.  Each snowcat has many moving parts.  One of the
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The grading work for the tubing park is moving along.  The slope includes steeper grades in the acceleration zone and then levels out
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The Lift Maintenance crew has methodically been going over each of our lifts during the summer months.  A significant part of their
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In what we are more familiar with as a winter wonderland full of deep powder, Mirkwood Basin in the summertime turns
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25 July

All Natural

Monarch Mountain is one of the last ski areas in Colorado to rely entirely upon all natural snowfall.  We have always
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The Panorama Hydraulic Tensioning System ground installation is complete.  The foundation is set and the tower has been installed along with the
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After timber removal and survey work, the tubing park grading work has begun this week.  The engineered plans involve tubing lanes designed
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17 July

Summer Beauty

During the summer months, our favorite ski lines reveal what’s hiding underneath all that snow.  Here’s a few pics from
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The Monarch Pass area is experiencing what a significant portion of the southwest mountains have been seeing over the last
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A haul rope on a ski lift stretches over time or even hour to hour based on the number of
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Monarch Mountain is continuing to update one of the nicest maintenance facilities in Colorado Ski Country.  We recently installed a
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We recently conducted a rope splice on the Panorama lift cable. This takes place during the installation of a new haul
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Last summer, we replaced the drive and braking systems in addition to new controls on Panorama.  This summer, we will complete
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The USFS timber staff marked the trees to be cut to make way for the Tubing Park.  Our Mountain Crew
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The USFS recently approved the Monarch Mountain proposal to install a tubing park this summer with operations scheduled to begin during the
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29 June

Summertime

People always ask, “What do you do up there in the summer?”.  While we do not currently offer summer activities
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Welcome to our new blog. With this platform, we aim to provide a behind the scenes look at operations here
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