Monarch Mountain, CO, Now Open for the Season on 100% Natural Snow

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Monarch Mountain, CO, opened for the 2021-2022 season on Saturday, December 11. As one of the few remaining ski areas in Colorado that do not make any snow, Monarch relies entirely on all-natural precipitation to open its 800 acres of terrain. The most recent storm cycle provided enough coverage to open two of its seven lifts and 22 runs.

“The last couple months have been a true test in patience, and we’ve finally been rewarded! We could not be more excited to welcome everyone back up to Monarch.”

– Marketing Manager, Allie Stevens

Monarch has made a number of improvements over the summer, including lodge updates, expanded parking, and, most notably, they have installed an RFID scanning system at all their lifts.

“Skiers and snowboarders will notice very quickly that we now have automated gates at all of our lifts. There will still be a friendly face there to greet you and check your pass photo on a handheld device but gone are the days of manually scanning each pass or ticket.”

– Allie Stevens

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Reservations to ski or snowboard are not required, though Monarch does recommend pre-purchasing online by 11 pm the night before your arrival. Their current COVID-19 policy states that face-covering will not be necessary in the lift lines. However, guests will be asked to wear them inside the lodge. These policies are subject to change based on federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations.

Monarch Mountain’s COVID-19 policies, open terrain/amenities, and operating hours are available at

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