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Terrain Parks - Monarch Mountain

Rider's Guide

The mountain gets 350 inches of powdery white snow per year, has five lifts, a fixed quad, and four double chairs. It features over 50 trails with the longest run of 5,280 feet. The runs are rated 14 percent for beginner, 28 percent intermediate, 27 percent advanced, and a very exciting 31 percent expert, which is one of the highest expert percentages in the country.

Parks and Pipes

The mountain also has three parks with some very distinctive features. Ricochet is the top quality expert park with rollers, tabletop jumps, long spines, double barrel rainbow, trapezoid and flat rails, flat and roller coaster boxes, as well as an S box and a quarterpipe wall with a six-foot jib rail. Aftershock is for the intermediate to advanced snowboarder with handrails, boxes, tabletops and a double barrel rainbow rail. Slo Motion is for the beginner to intermediate boarder featuring multiple quarterpipe walls and rollers, log slides, tabletop jumps, and hips.

Out of Bounds

The area is surrounded by the awesome pine and aspen wilderness of the San Isabel National Forest, which offers ample opportunities for remote exploration and recreation. Monarch Snowcat Tours are an absolute must for the time of your life. In town, the Salida Skate Park is your chance to try out some concrete rather than snow for your tricks. Built by Team Pain, this skate park features bowls with three different depths, great coping, speedlines, hips, and corners plus a full street course. When it's time for some warm water fun, check out the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center featuring the state's largest indoor hot springs pool, including a four-foot deep pool of a relaxing 100 degrees. You might even want to try your hand at Rocky Mountain Mini Golf or Super Bowl Lanes.

Hangout & Hookup

People don't go here for metropolitan all-night action, but the attractive and friendly town of Salida offers a lot of local Old West color to make sure you'll always find something fun to do. Benson's Tavern has pool tables and a great outdoor patio to mix and mingle. Bongo Billy's Salida Cafe features live performances on the weekends, which is fantastic for the under 21 crowd. The Victoria Tavern is always a great place for a brew, and the Mountain Spirit Winery is the place to go to try some of that award-winning vintage. And don't forget to check out Monarch's Gunbarrel Cafe and Sidewinder Saloon for some fun next to the slopes.