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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Comfort Inn 


Convenient location offering complimentary daily breakfast and  Internet access, indoor pool and hot tub.

Extra person charges may apply

$85 and up 


Super 8 Salida




Hotel has indoor pool and three hot tubs, offering ski and stay packages. 



Extra person charges may apply



$53 and up 




Gateway Inn & Suites Salida




Offering motel rooms and suites with microwave and refrigerator, and daily continental breakfast.



Extra person charges may apply



$53 and up




Palace Hotel Boutique all suite hotel. Restored, very attractive    


Revelstoke, Canada Among Seven New Pass Partners Monarch Mountain has added an additional seven ski areas to their season pass for the 2010-11 ski season. Revelstoke Mountain Resort British Columbia, Taos and Red River New Mexico, China Peak California, Sol Vista Colorado, Arizona Snowbowl and Indianhead Michigan are new to the Monarch pass.



Monarch Mountain is investing $1.2 million in area improvements for the 2010-11 season which include lift improvements, base lodge changes, 600 new skis, boots and bindings and "Just for Kids" improvements.




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Monarch Mountain

A classic Colorado ski area featuring one of the world's highest ski lifts, Monarch lacks the frills of some of its neighbors (such as slopeside lodging) but offers the true spirit of skiing. Monarch is located on the Continental Divide and has a reputation for excellent powder skiing and good value.

Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts6
Lifts-Total lift capacity6100/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only31%
Trails-5-Terrain park3
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1 mile
General-Base elevation10,790'
General-Vertical drop1162'
General-Mountain rangeSawatch Range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds800 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: reasonably affordable

Cons: ski patrol needs sensitivity training... lots of walking required

I took my family to this resort three years in a row, because it was the closest to where my family lived.   I spent thousands each year.   

Then, during our third visit, the ski patrol gave me and my family a hard time, getting up in my face with ridiculous machismo and threatening to revoke our paid passes, simply because we took an innocent little detour through an unroped,, well-worn path that went around a small stand of trees.  There was also no sign.  We were skiing and kids will be kids.  There did not appear to be any danger involved in it.  


Not only were others doing it, but while I was being harassed by the jerk staff, more people went down the same way, and they couldn't seem to control the situation.  That didn't make them apologize for the poor signage.  They just kept harassing me and threatening me.  


It completely ruined my mood and those of my young relatives who were enjoying their time on the slopes up until that point.


I made a followup complaint with the owners, but the prick who harassed me somehow got to be the one who handled his own oversight, and he was still 100% unapologetic.  UNBELIEVABLE.


Needless to say my family and I have never been back to Monarch and cannot recommend it for anyone with family who like to enjoy themselves while skiing.  


Oh, and if your kids are like most kids who don't like schlepping around, look elsewhere.  

The eateries and rental places are not easily reached on skis/snowboards and everything is spaced far apart, with no shuttles.  

You'll be doing a lot of walking.


Pros: Great snow, no crowds, great mix of terrain, Mirkwood

Cons: Lacking in vertical, weak in intermediate cruisers

 I really like this ski area.  You can't beat the natural snow.  With over 50% of the mountain black or double black (Ok, some of the black runs should be blue/black but they are still fun) there is plenty of terrain to keep you entertained, and the crowds by and large stay on the easier runs, so you often have them all to yourself.  The north facing bump runs stay nice and soft long after the last snowfall.  All of the runs funnel to a central location, so it makes skiing with your family a breeze.  Lessons are cheap by Colorado standards and the instructors we have had have been excellent.  The hike to Mirkwood terrain is an added bonus.  Again, not a lot of vertical but plenty steep and a lot of fun.  This place is worth a day or two if you get the chance to make it out this way.  And Salida is a really cool town, with a lot of night life for the middle of nowhere.


Pros: Unpretentious, varied terrain for all, staggering views, good food, free parking

Cons: Hard to get to, not huge vertical

Fell in love with this mountain all over again. Perfect family resort. No pretension but plenty of  big mountain views and fun terrain.


The trail map only shows a small part of what you can find if you just go look. Little crowds, so snow stays well after a storm. Good for family or group with varied ability as there is variety in both the beginner/intermediate and expert terrain that, as others have noted, all meets up at the same place. Somewhat reminiscent of Loveland.


Relatively low-cost cat skiing available on site. Hike to, controlled "side country" area called Mirkwood basin and other, easier mini hikes in and around the mountain for fresh turns well after a snow. The tree skiing options are almost endless as pretty much any of the treed areas between runs are skiable by mere mortals. (Yet you can find cliffs and drops hiding in the trees too, if that's your thing) The mountain is laid out it an interesting way that makes it seem bigger than its acreage might imply. Yes, there are obvious runs that come straight down, but there are windy, interesting runs with surprises around the corner that make it feel like an adventure. Locals were friendly and generous with information.


The bar/restaurant in the lower section of the lodge has a nice feel, big light-filled windows, a proper bar with trolley handles for hanging on after too many and great home-made food at a reasonable price.


Salida is the main town that serves Monarch and is a wonderful 'tiny city' with a thriving outdoor culture and top quality restaurants and bars. It appears they take their beer seriously and, believe it or not, the locally produced red wine is even quite good. (didn't try the white)


Pros: snow, no lift lines, mountin layout, no attitude, cheap,

Cons: lack of good advanced terrain

This would be the perfect mountain to bring a family or large group to because it is never crowded and all of the runs funnel down to the same place.  Their motto is "lose the crowds, not your friends."  Would also be great for intermediate skiers.  If you are advanced you can certainly have fun but may find the mountain lacking.  The hike to basin is steep enough but isn't that long, you have to hike to it, and it gets fairly crusty. 


Pros: Fantastic snow, skis larger than it is

Cons: It's a small area, but that's not a bad thing

This area is one of my favorites. Just what a small ski area should be. Sort of like going back in time to when everyone was in not so much of a hurry to get anywhere.

I really like the tree skiing here. Seems like you can go just about anywhere you want to.

I didn't rate the terrain park since there wasn't one here the last time I skied here (yup, been a while, but I'm still planning on going back someday . . .)

If you are learning to ski, or are a family on a budget, this place is great for a couple of day's vacation.

And since it's a 3+ hr. drive from Denver, it doesn't get the crowds the front range does.

A White Raven


Pros: Small size makes it easy for familes and groups

Cons: Small size may get boring after a few days.

Monarch is a great small ski area. Lots of varied terrain.


A good mix  of greens, blues and blacks for families or groups. Often, you can ride the lift together ski for a ways, split left or right for a blue run or a green run, meet at the bottom, and ski on together to the lift.


On the other end of the spectrum is Mirkwood, our double diamond terrain. Always uncrowded, as it is a 15 minute HIKE (not for wimps, at 11,000ft) to get there.


The base area is small, easy to get around, with lots of places to meet, for a meal. Either at a restuarant or brown bagging it.


The newest feature that seems kind of unique is the K2 Organic Terrain Park. The organic part is that all the hits are made from logs and beams. Most of them harvested right fromt he ski area forests. Kind of a gimmick I guess, but neat looking.


My home area if anyone has any questions, I am happy to try to answer.

Monarch Ski Guy