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.