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Monarch announced today that passholders now get 1 free day at Steamboat, Winter Park, and Copper Mountain, in additional to the ton of other free days.

 

http://www.skimonarch.com/index.php/ticketspasses/season-passes

 

From facebook:

 

 

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Big news!

Monarch Mountain’s Universe Continues to Expand

Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat added to the Pass
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Monarch Mountain's popular "One Planet - One Pass" now includes one free day each at Winter park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat. These areas join Monarch Mountain’s thirty two other area partners from around the world.

Monarch Mountain's pass now offers more areas and more variety than any other pass in the universe. With skiing and riding privileges on two continents, four countries and nine states the One Planet - One Pass offers more areas than any other pass in the universe. In Colorado alone One Planet – One Pass holders will be able to ride twelve different areas; Monarch, Crested Butte, Loveland, Sunlight, Ski Cooper, Devils Thumb, Durango, Granby Ranch, Silverton, Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat.

Monarch’s One Planet – One Pass…it’s out of this world!

 

This for a pass that runs a little over $300 in the offseason. Even if you are a summit county skier and never hit Monarch, it can still be worth it just buying it for the 3 free days at loveland and the days at Winter Park and Copper.
post #2 of 23
Inverse also true - Rocky Mountain Super Pass+ now includes three days at Monarch.
post #3 of 23

Eldora has been added to the Epic Pass, but not to the Epic Local Pass.

 

Mike

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I am tempted to buy one and do a Tour de Colorado on our ski trip out west next year.

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That's great news.  I love Monarch.  What a great little mountain.   Fight the Vail Resorts pass tyranny!

 

I wish there were more deals like this.  I love the cheap season passes, but miss the days of skiing a larger variety of ski areas before the cheap passes.

 

My dream:  the RMSP would also trade a few days at Crested Butte, Aspen and Loveland.  While your at it, throw in Alta and Snowbird!  Make them only valid on weekdays if need be.  Why not?  It would get folks taking trips away from their home mountain.  I'd happily end up spending more total money taking trips to add more variety to my skiing.


Edited by tball - 3/13/13 at 11:09am
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That's great news.  I love Monarch.  What a great little mountain.   Fight the Vail Resorts pass tyranny!

 

My dream:  the RMSP would also trade a few days at Crested Butt, Aspen and Loveland.  While your at it, throw in Alta and Snowbird!  Make them only valid on weekdays if need be.  Why not?  It would get folks taking trips away from their home mountain.  I'd happily end up spending more total money taking trips to add more variety to my skiing.

With a Monarch pass, you get days at Crested Butt(e) IF you buy lodging, Loveland is included, and you get 50% off Alta tickets. No help with Aspen, but Sunlight puts you in the valley.

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My dream:  the RMSP would also trade a few days at Crested Butte, Aspen and Loveland.  While your at it, throw in Alta and Snowbird!  Make them only valid on weekdays if need be.  Why not?  It would get folks taking trips away from their home mountain.  I'd happily end up spending more total money taking trips to add more variety to my skiing.

 

Get a Monarch and a Mountain Collective.

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I think what Monarch is doing with their pass is awesome.  I just wish Intrawest and Copper would work similar deals with lots of other areas to give front range skiers more options to see the world.   Adding a few days at Monarch to the RMSP is great.   I'd love to see similar deals at even more areas.

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Get a Monarch and a Mountain Collective.

 

Thanks.  I hadn't heard of that, what a great collection!   That make me want to take a month off and put some serious miles on my car next year.   I'd have to stop at Crystal and Big Sky to break up the drive to Whistler biggrin.gif

 

Here's a link for others uninformed like me: http://www.themountaincollective.com/

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I am tempted to buy one and do a Tour de Colorado on our ski trip out west next year.

For you, that'd be the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  Problem is, it is in August.

 

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Mike

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I think what Monarch is doing with their pass is awesome.  I just wish Intrawest and Copper would work similar deals with lots of other areas to give front range skiers more options to see the world.   Adding a few days at Monarch to the RMSP is great.   I'd love to see similar deals at even more areas.

I agree. I live between COS and DEN and it is north or south 30 mins or more before I am heading west towards whatever destination. Adding Monarch to RMSP for a few days is perfect. I'm not close enough to make Monarch my home mountain, but doable for a couple day trips a season and nice because it is a trip in a completely different place. A couple other days at non-Vail resorts would be awesome.
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wow thats a ton of areas, alot of little catches and lodging scenarios to get the full benefit but more than worth it
 

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wow thats a ton of areas, alot of little catches and lodging scenarios to get the full benefit but more than worth it
 

Yeah, but you don't have to use anywhere near all of the offers for the pass to pay for itself with just the bonuses alone.

 

When I had a Monarch pass, I used the Loveland days in the early season before Monarch opened, and I would use the Sunlight passes visiting the Aspen area (got a brother up there).  Those 6 days paid for the pass, even before a great season of skiing Monarch...

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If your military it's only $200 hard to beat. Although the $35 day passes at wolf are pretty nice too. The best was when I had the RSMP and the Epic pass.

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Yeah, but you don't have to use anywhere near all of the offers for the pass to pay for itself with just the bonuses alone.

 

When I had a Monarch pass, I used the Loveland days in the early season before Monarch opened, and I would use the Sunlight passes visiting the Aspen area (got a brother up there).  Those 6 days paid for the pass, even before a great season of skiing Monarch...


i never skied monarch how is it? Kinda like a smaller loveland in the sense its overlooked and driven right past for mega resorts?

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Monarch is 800-1000 feet of bliss on a pow day.  Even better is the fact that I have used my pass at Targhee, Loveland, Purgatory, as well as 10+ days in which Monarch has had a foot or better.  Loveland and Monarch have dished out some some memorable days this year and I hope the Planet Pass does not dissolve because I really want to make it to Revy next year.  I think I am at about $19 per day which in many cases has been about a $1 per inch; the kind of skiing investment that pays mental health dividends!

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i never skied monarch how is it? Kinda like a smaller loveland in the sense its overlooked and driven right past for mega resorts?

 

One of my favorite mountains in Colorado. If the Epic pass and Monarch pass were the same price, I'd buy the Monarch pass without a second thought.

 

It has some obvious downsides- the vert is limited at 1100 feet, and the "real" vert is about 800-900 per run, as getting the 1100 means taking multiple lifts. There is nothing crazy difficult, although the mountain has a good amount of reasonably strong advanced terrain.

 

What I love about the place is that many of the best areas to hit on a powder day are either large (the whole Garfield face is great and has a ton of lines making for great skiing all day on a powder day), or they take just enough work getting to where most people don't. Some of the best powder day skiing is Shagnasty, Outback, Curecanti, and gunbarrell, all of which require 2-5 minute skate traverses to reach. So, on a powder day, you just go a few feet further along the track than the last guy, and... Fresh tracks.

 

A lot of the mountain wind loads like crazy, and there are good cornice drops all over.

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Every time I've skied Monarch the snow is fantastic.   The terrain is decent but the snow is what makes the mountain, IMO.   It's not wolf creek snow, but maybe second best in CO?  Even just driving by to get to CB, it seems like it's always snowing at the top of the pass.  It can be sunny on both sides but snowing up top.  It's just in a great spot for snow.

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Every time I've skied Monarch the snow is fantastic.   The terrain is decent but the snow is what makes the mountain, IMO.   It's not wolf creek snow, but maybe second best in CO?  Even just driving by to get to CB, it seems like it's always snowing at the top of the pass.  It can be sunny on both sides but snowing up top.  It's just in a great spot for snow.

 

The snow phenomenom locally is called the "Monarch Cloud." I've had tons of days where it is nuking all day on top of the pass, every run full on mountain reset, just unstoppable snow, just to drive 5 miles down the pass to come out to a clear, sunny day all up and down the Sawatch Range.  Its pretty odd to see all of the 14'ers with clear summits and the low point of the pass socked in, but it happens all the time.  It makes for a lot of sleeper powder days, but most days are sleeper days there.

 

I definitely think the snow is some of the lightest in Colorado- the altitude and the cold seem to keep it very well too. Somebody else pointed out on here a while ago that some independent monitoring seems to indicate that Monarch doesn't really get more snow than other mountains (though it would be in the top 1/3 of Colorado), but it sure seems like the snow is better to me too.

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I think their snow quality also has two unique aspects.  One is it is all natural snow from the ground up, and second it that it just doesn't see the traffic of the I-70 areas so it gets less compacted over the season.

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I'd probably buy one of these for next year if I didn't have reasons to go to Loveland all the time.  It might still be worth it, as I like Ski Cooper a lot.  Now if Monarch would just add three A-Basin days, it would be a slam dunk. (hint hint)
 

I'm still waiting for my perfect season pass:  unlimited Loveland, Monarch, A-Basin and Ski Cooper.  Call it the "Colorado Springs Gems" pass.  I'd probably pay $500 for one of these.

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I think their snow quality also has two unique aspects.  One is it is all natural snow from the ground up, and second it that it just doesn't see the traffic of the I-70 areas so it gets less compacted over the season.

The powder acreage of the 'I-70' resorts is also natural from the ground up. Only the frontside groomers see snowmaking.

I have no idea what base compaction means to powder days that are supposed to be about not skiing the base?
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The snow phenomenom locally is called the "Monarch Cloud."

I had to laugh when I read this, as we talk about the "Loveland Cloud" sometimes, which is the persistent cloud that forms over the divide and tends to block the sun all day sometimes, when it's sunny just down the canyon to the east.

 

We really got a Monarch Cloud today;  it snowed steadily from about 11 am to closing, and then when we drove down to Salida it was 55 degrees, sunny, and dry.  A much better day of skiing than I was expecting, since it started out crusty but about 4-6" of new snow softened things up considerably by the end of the day.

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