Monarch Mountain


Monarch Mountain sits at Monarch Pass in south central Colorado. It receives abundant snow for great powder skiing. The varied terrain includes bowls, tree skiing and expert terrain. Although not one of the largest resorts in Colorado, with great snow, plenty of sun, reasonable lift tickets, less crowds and laid back feel, Monarch Mountain is often considered a hidden gem. There are easier runs and learn to ski packages as well as plenty of expert terrain. With the recent addition of Mirkwood Basin, there is now 130 more acres of extreme skiing terrain available. Monarch Mountain is nice choice for skiers of any ability looking for a relaxed resort experience.


Location Monarch Mountain is in south central Colorado, 157 miles from Denver, 123 miles from Colorado Springs and 43 miles from Gunnison.
Airports Denver International Airport- 180 miles
Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport- 47 miles
Colorado Springs Airport- 126 miles
Season Length November to April (typical length, depending on weather)
Hours 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mountain Info

Acres 800
Base Elevation 10,790 ft
Summit Elevation 11,952 ft
Vertical Rise 1162 ft
Avg. Annual Snowfall 350 in
Lessons Yes
Rentals Yes
Terrain Park Yes – 2
Snowcat Skiing Yes
Cross Country Skiing No
Night Skiing No


Trails 63
Longest Run 1 Miles
Terrain Beginner 14%
Intermediate 28%
Advanced 27%
Expert 31%
Lifts 1 fixed quad
4 fixed double chairs
1 conveyor lift
2 surface lifts


Amenities Cafe, bar, restaurants, sport shop
Trail Map Link Monarch Mountain Trail Map
Monarch Mountain Mirkwood Trail Map


Ski Town Monarch Mountain is 19 miles from the mountain town of Salida.

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m.