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Skiing Experience - Monarch Mountain

Ready for something truly different? Maybe it's time for you to head south. Far from the now-typical high-dollar resort, Monarch is all about the skiing and snowboarding. You won't find cushy lifts, just awesome skiing. There are no real estate developments nearby and you'll find no shopping malls or facade villages. What you will find is 350 inches of snow in back-country alpine terrain and a lot of very happy, smiling faces.

Ski Levels

Though the mountain has a lot of advanced terrain, it's still all about the skiing. The ski instruction is some of the best around—because the instructors really care. They remember their first days on skis and want you to have awesome memories! Packages include lift tickets, instruction, and gear rental. As always, the area is about the visitors having a great time on awesome slopes in a down-to-earth environment. The challenges and waist-deep powder are just waiting for you. Snowcat excursions can make the backcountry ski adventure of a lifetime come true. The mountain offers 14 percent of the trails for beginners, 28 percent for intermediate skiers, 27 percent are considered advanced, and 31 percent are ranked for expert skiers. Of course, snowboarders are welcome and accommodated by an ever-improving terrain park.

Après Ski

Just as friendly as things are on the mountain, the town of Salida offers pubs and live music and all kinds of restaurants and micro-breweries. In Salida, you'll find folks living the good life in the Rockies, and sincerely want you to share in their joy. You'll begin to recognize the difference between this ski area and all the more commercial ski resorts almost immediately, and the difference only gets better the longer you stay. This is what the others work so hard to imitate—truly warm-natured, good-hearted people having a great time! Whether you want a nice quiet meal or a rousing round and a sing-along with local talent, no matter what, you're going to find yourself letting go and enjoying the mountain and the nightlife here.

Though it's southern Colorado, you're still in the Rocky Mountains. Several light layers and a breathable, waterproof powder jacket are needed. Be mindful that wind chill can drop temperatures dramatically, be sure to ski runs within your ability, and bother to get the benefit of the great instructor teams available. You're going to have a great time at Monarch Mountain. Like most, you'll find yourself feeling at home and returning time after time, year after year, making it your ski resort town!