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Monarch Mountain

monarchMonarch Mountain is an authentic Colorado ski resort with high elevations, abundant snowfall, gorgeous scenery and excellent terrain. The ski area is situated high along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range within the San Isabel National Forest near the towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Gunnison. The resort features amazing tree skiing, wide open alpine bowls and long intermediate trails.
 
Season dates and hours
 
Late November to early April. Lifts run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 days a week, including holidays.
 
Area (acres)
 
800 
 
What family-friendly amenities does your resort offer? 
 
Monarch is a great option for families due to its affordable prices and inexpensive lodging options in Salida, Buena Vista and Gunnison. There is a mountain day lodge located at the base with ski and snowboard schools, ski rentals and child care.
 
Adult lift ticket prices?
 
$84 ticket window, $69 online
 
Child lift ticket prices and at what age kids ski free?
 
Teen (13-15) $47 online, $55 walk-up rate; Junior (7-12) $29 (online; $40 walk-up rate, Children under 6, free
 
Is there on-site childcare and if so, what is the starting cost?
 
The Children’s Center is a secure, clean, comfortable and fun environment for your little one.  Their specialized staff are all background checked and trained in First Aid and CPR. 
 
What is the the starting cost of ski/ride school? Ages?
 
Monarch’s group ski or snowboard lessons get you off to a great start on the mountain — whether it’s your first day on the snow, or you’ve got a few days under your belt. Cost starts at $55 for 2.5 hour lesson (without lift ticket); $99 lesson package.
 
Where can families go for deals on lift tickets/lodging or special promotions?
 
Monarch offers excellent ski packages with our lodging participants. Access lodging options at www.skimonarch.com/lodging/.
 
What area (off-mountain) activities would appeal to families for their winter vacation? 
 
Nearby Salida, CO offers many activities and amenities for families, including local hot springs such as the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs resort in Buena Vista. A multitude of dining options also await in both towns.
 
Distance from Denver
 
153 miles
 
23715 W Highway 50
Monarch, CO
(719) 530-5000
http://www.skimonarch.com/