Here are a few photos from this past Sunday, skiing down at Monarch. Monarch is definitely one of my favorite places to ski. Of course there are a lot of places I have yet to go, but all in due time. Coming from Denver the drive is just under 3 hours an easy drive with lesser traffic than sitting on I-70 and it’s even that same way on the mountain. The lift lines move fast at Monarch, with plenty of trails and a vertical drop of 1162 feet.
Monarch has 800 skiable acres and sits in the Sawatch Range along the Continental Divide of the San Isabel National Forest.
Monarch also has 1000 acres of cat skiing available for experts who want a greater challenge. Click here for info, videos and photos on cat skiing from the Monarch website.
It’s been at least a couple of seasons since I last hit the slopes. So I was excited when earlier in the week I got an invite to do some skiing on Saturday down at Monarch Mountain. Monarch is just about 3 hours southwest of Denver and well worth the drive down even if only for a day trip. First of all there’s hardly the traffic headache like there is most weekends driving West on I-70 towards Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, etc. And if I’m going to spend 3 hours in traffic, I’d rather be moving towards my destination than being stuck not going anywhere on the interstate on the weekends. Not to mention you can actually get a lot of skiing in at Monarch, the lift lines are never tirelessly long and move pretty quickly, which equates to lots of runs! Here are a few photos from Saturday, enjoy!
If you’re wondering, I ski mostly blues and greens. I’ve done a black diamond or two in my time and some of them not by choice. But hey you gotta get down the mountain at some point, so why not learn the hard way. Double black diamonds are not on the “to do” list just yet, if ever!
But today was about having fun first and foremost, while also regaining and improving my form. There wasnt a ton of snow at Monarch on Saturday, not like I’ve seen in the past up here, but still a decent mid-mountain base measurement of about 29 inches is plenty. It’s been a dry winter so far this season here in Colorado in terms of snowfall totals, but hopefully there will be a rebound for more snow soon.
I do own my own equipment. I have a pair of Rossignol skis and poles and my boots are by Lange. I’ve rented equipment maybe my first 4 or 5 times early on, then decided it was time to purchase my own. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made, and I’ve only been skiing since 2004.
There are no hotels or rooms at Monarch, but there is a hotel just up the road from the entrance or your best bet is to if you are staying in the area is to get a room in nearby Salida, CO which is 20 minutes east of Monarch. Get outside and have a good time no matter what you choose to do!
A huge thank you to Deb and Charles for the invite and letting me tag along! Great time as always!