Tag: Monarch Mountain
As we near the height of the ski season in the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have a full calendar of events, deals, promotions, and activities for the whole family in addition to snow conditions that rival the greatest seasons in a generation. Between now and the end of March, guests at CSCUSA resorts can participate in a variety of fun racing events, catch a range of concerts, learn new tricks in the terrain park, partake in some of the most unusual scavenger hunts imaginable, and so much more.
Here is a sample of what will be happening at resorts across Colorado Ski Country between now and the end of March: (continue reading…)
by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
When guided cat skiing started at Monarch Mountain in the late 1980s, not a lot of people had heard of Monarch, according to long-time guide Gail Bindner.
Established in 1939, Monarch is one of the oldest resorts in Colorado. Straddling the Continental Divide with views from Pikes Peak to the 14ers of the San Juans, the resort is both surprisingly close to Colorado Springs and Pueblo (1 ½ to 2 hours) and remote. The nearest town is Salida, with a population of just over 5,000. (continue reading…)
By Troy Hawks
Those that know Greg Ralph, marketing director at Monarch Mountain, know that 90 percent of the time there is an air of humor to his words.
“No…I’m not interested in buying an ad in your paper…you’ve done a great job of explaining it, I get it, but I’m sorry…I’ve got some things in front of me here and I’ve gotta go now,” he says to a person persisting on the other end of the phone. Ralph hangs up, lets out a “sheesh,” and then continues with the same comedic undertone.
“C’mon, really…are you serious,” he asks rhetorically. “Hollywood, why would I want to advertise in Hollywood…I mean really…did he bother to do any research?”
The headquarters of Monarch’s marketing department also doubles as a seldom used ticket sales office. The blinds are normally kept drawn, and an impressive line-up of skis sit in a homemade wooden rack fastened to a half wall a few feet behind a row of three cashier stations. Behind the wall of trophy skis, hides Ralph’s desk with a spattering of ski clothes strewn on office furniture. (continue reading…)
By Victoria Mashkova, victoriamashkova.com
For those of you who don’t know me the most important fact about my ski culture upbringing is the following: I grew up in a far-away land of cold and unforgiving winters in a small Russian town called Togliatti where hosed-down bunny slopes were the delight of my winter season. Little did I know about a world-class skiing until I moved to Colorado in 2005. And so my slope adventures began!
This past Thanksgiving, I had a great pleasure of spending a long weekend at my friends’ house in Salida, Colorado. Oh, Salida! It is a small, cute town located southwest of Denver. It is close enough you don’t have to get on a plane or spend countless hours in a car and far enough you forget about Denver the minute you take 285 South. It was my second visit to their beautiful home and being in such close proximity to Monarch Mountain, I could not help but sneak away to the slopes. The weather could not have been more perfect. The drive was quick, about 15 minutes from Salida; I popped my skis on and was on a lift in no time. (continue reading…)
(Monarch file photo)
Monarch Mountain will open for the 2013-14 season this Saturday November 23rd.
This weekend’s storm left behind 17 inches of snow and the mid-mountain base depth is 32 inches.
Four lifts will be in operation; Pioneer, Panorama, Tumbelina and the Caterpillar serving 25 runs and all types of terrain.
All services will be in operation; Ski School, Rental Shop, Retail, Food & Beverage and the Children’s Center will be staffed up and ready to go.
Skiing with kids can be tough.
As a recovering ski instructor who seemed to always get stuck instructing about thirteen four-year-olds, I can tell you that skiing with kids can make the days stretch on forever, and not in a good way. And skiing with adults ain’t easy for the kids either, especially when they’re learning. Dad wants to rip turns, grom wants to chill on the magic carpet. So what do you do?
We ski at Monarch at least once a season. It’s perfect for family ski getaways, and I’m not just saying that I swear. We love skiing at Monarch because it’s affordable, easy to get to, easy to get around the mountain, they have a nice variety of terrain, good infrastructure, it’s easy to get around the town, and their mascot is the butterfly, and how can you not like butterflies?