Monarch Mountain Ski Area
At the turnoff from US Highway 50
Folks have been skiing in this area since about 1914 but Monarch itself was built in 1939 as a Works Project Administration project. On completion, the ski area was given to the city of Salida. Since then, the ski area has changed hands quite a few times, each new owner(s) slowly making changes and upgrading and expanding from the original 500-foot Chevy-powered rope tow to today's quad lift and 4 double chairs. And originally, there was only one trail: Gunbarrel. Now there are 63 trails with a real parking lot, mountain lodge and outside ticket windows. Even the old 6-hole outhouse has been replaced...
I don't know what the ski area is valued at now but in 1955, Salida sold it to the guy who had already managed it for six years for the sum of $100.
Monarch Mountain also offers cross-country and snowcat skiing. The base area includes a cafeteria/snack bar and ski/snowboard retail and rentals. The city of Salida runs a shuttle from the Hot Springs Pool to Monarch Mountain in season for $5 per round trip (leaves Salida at 8:30 AM sharp, leaves Monarch to return to Salida at 3:30 PM).
Ski Patrol and services
Tickets, food, etc.
From the summit of Monarch Pass
Nearest City: Salida, Colorado
GPS Coordinates: 38.5125, -106.3325
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Season: Late November - Early April (Weather permitting)
Hours of operation: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, MST
* 1 quad lift
* 4 double chairs
Average snowfall: 350+ inches
In operation since 1939
Summit elevation: 11,952 ft
Vertical Rise: 1,162 ft
Total Ski/Board Terrain: 800 acres
Number of Trails: 63
Longest Run: 1 mile
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