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Real Colorado Skiing – Monarch Mountain Review

Monarch Mountain is a quaint and remote ski “resort” that sits on the continental divide about two hours east of Montrose Colorado. The term “resort” is relative in that this is not necessarily a destination ski-in ski-out poo-poo noses-up kind of place. Monarch Mountain dubs itself ,“Real Colorado Skiing”, and I am one to agree. There are not many places left where you can see a local carving slow s-turns in Carhartt coveralls. There are also few places left with small lift lines. Even on a powder day, lift lines are minimal here.

The terrain has limits (unless you book a cat skiing trip with them), but the powder is limitless. I especially enjoy the advanced lift. After tracking out all the powder on the upper mountain, the advanced lift terrain ALWAYS has freshies in the secret stash spots sometimes even days after a storm. I love the fact that we can sleep in and still get semi-fresh tracks.

The mountain vibe is so down to earth it’s refreshing…


Me and my hubby about to drop into Mirkwood Bowl in a multi-foot powder day a few years back…