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Monarch ski area, Sawatch Range, Colorado, Management Description

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 Monarch ski area Management Says:
Monarch Mountain is located in south central Colorado, well south of the freeway madness that gridlocks Interstate 70 from Denver to the Front Range resorts each weekend. Located on Highway 50 on the Continental Divide, Monarch is very accessible. It's also one of the oldest ski areas in Colorado, established in 1939.
Monarch Mountain is what you expect from a real Colorado ski area. Abundant natural snow (350+ inches)
    and friendly people are two of our strongest attributes. You can walk from your car right to the lifts, prices are reasonable, and the runs flow naturally back to the base area. At Monarch you'll lose the crowds but not your friends.
Monarch is a family favorite because of great snow conditions and easy access to the mountain. Having one base area makes it convenient to drop off the little ones in the Children's Center, pick-up rental equipment, sign up for ski school and get on the slopes in a timely manner. Lift lines are a rarity and you will regularly find ski runs to yourself.
Looking for great powder, spectacular views, 1000+ acres of expert terrain, steeps, trees, cliffs, and
bowls? You found it with Monarch Mountain. Check out the 130 acres of hike-to terrain in Mirkwood Basin from the top of the Breezeway Lift. Monarch Mountain Snowcat Tours offers some of the best Snowcat skiing in the state-guests enjoy skiing/riding in closely spaced trees, variable snow conditions and extremely steep slopes.
At the base of Monarch Pass lies the sunny Arkansas River Valley, with everything you need to make your visit complete. The towns of Salida, Poncha Springs, and Buena Vista have great restaurants, galleries, shops, and a variety of accommodations. This winter come up and stay a few days and experience our mountain hospitality. Welcome to Monarch, a real Colorado ski area!


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 Ski Areas Near Monarch ski area:
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 46 miles away
   1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
   40% Expert & Adv.
   30% Intermediate
   30% Beginner
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 47 miles away
   2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
   100% Expert & Adv.
   0% Intermediate
   0% Beginner
Snowmass, Colorado , 47 miles away
   4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
   38% Expert & Adv.
   55% Intermediate
   7% Beginner
Crested Butte, Colorado , 48 miles away
   2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
   20% Expert & Adv.
   57% Intermediate
   23% Beginner
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 50 miles away
   3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
   65% Expert & Adv.
   35% Intermediate
   0% Beginner
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 51 miles away
   3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
   52% Expert & Adv.
   30% Intermediate
   18% Beginner
Buttermilk, Colorado , 52 miles away
   2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
   26% Expert & Adv.
   39% Intermediate
   35% Beginner
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 55 miles away
   2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
   54% Expert & Adv.
   25% Intermediate
   21% Beginner
Breckenridge, Colorado , 56 miles away
   3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
   55% Expert & Adv.
   32% Intermediate
   13% Beginner
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 60 miles away
   3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
   38% Expert & Adv.
   43% Intermediate
   19% Beginner
 Whitewater Near Monarch ski area:
Whitewater Outfitter - Independent White Water, Chaffee County , 18 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Eddyline Anglers, Chaffee County , 19 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, Chaffe County , 19 miles away, Class II-III - 18.7 miles long (Highway Stone Bridge to Rincon)
 Trails Near Monarch ski area:
Fooses Creek Trail, Chaffee , 4 miles away
Quakey Mountain Trail, Gunnison , 9 miles away
Coyote Park Trail, Gunnison , 11 miles away
 National Parks Near Monarch ski area:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 19 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Monarch ski area:
Friend Ranch, Poncha Springs , 17 miles away

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