Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Monarch Mountain and Revelstoke Mountain Resort Working Together

Exclusive offers for Monarch pass holders at Revelstoke.

Monarch Mountain is proud to announce their latest season pass partner; Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing. Revelstoke BC Canada will be offering Monarch season pass holders three days of free skiing and 50% off lodging at the Nelsen Lodge. Specials are also available with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing for Monarch pass holders.

Every Monarch Mountain season pass holder can enjoy three days of free skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort during the 2010-11 season when they book a minimum of three nights at the luxurious Nelsen Lodge. To sweeten the deal Monarch pass holders have an exclusive rate starting at $85 per person per night based on double occupancy. “Adding Revelstoke to our pass partner program is fantastic; it gives our pass holders the opportunity to visit one of North America’s newest most talked about resorts” said Greg Ralph Monarch Mountain, Marketing Director.

About Revelstoke Mountain Resort: For decades, helicopter and cat skiers from around the world have flocked to Revelstoke, BC, attracted by its perfect powder, varied alpine terrain and quaint mountain community. Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing was the company of choice for guests who wanted the ultimate Heli ski vacation, with over 50 feet of annual snow, 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres) of exclusive terrain and a long history of guiding excellence.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort features 3,031 acres of lift-accessed terrain with a descent of 5,620 feet - the highest in North America. The Resort has two high-speed quad chairs, an eight-passenger gondola and a dedicated beginner slope with Magic Carpet conveyor lift. Amenities at the base of the mountain include the Rockford Wok|Bar|Grill full service restaurant, retail and rental shops, and lift ticket and skier services. The lift-accessed Mid-Mountain Lodge featuring stunning views, a self-serve restaurant, espresso bar, and deck with a barbeque is also located on the mountain.

Monarch Mountain located in South Central Colorado is what you expect from a real Colorado ski area. Abundant natural snow (350 + in.) and friendly people are two of the areas strongest attributes. You walk from your car right to the lifts, prices are reasonable, and the runs flow naturally back to the base area. At Monarch you’ll lose the crowds but not your friends.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Monarch Mountain Season Pass Now Good at 18 Ski Areas

Monarch Mountain has added an additional seven ski areas to their season pass for the 2010-11 ski season. Revelstoke Mountain Resort British Columbia, Taos and Red River New Mexico, China Peak California, Sol Vista Colorado, Arizona Snowbowl and Indianhead Michigan are new to the Monarch pass.

The seven new areas will be joining Loveland, Silverton, Durango, Sunlight and Powderhorn Colorado; Angel Fire, Sipapu and Pajarito New Mexico; Alta Utah and Grand Targhee Wyoming. The benefits vary at each partner area but most are offering three complimentary tickets to Monarch pass holders and Monarch offers the same to each partner area pass holder.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia Canada is offering all Monarch pass holders three days of complimentary lift tickets, 50% off on lodging at the Nelson Lodge and discounts on Heli skiing with Selkirk Heli Skiing. “The Revelstoke discounts can be used to put together a great Canadian ski vacation for our pass holders” said Greg Ralph, Monarch Marketing Director. “Building value in our season pass is a major goal and we’re very excited about this season’s pass offerings” added Ralph.

Taos is back as a Monarch pass partner this season offering up to five ½ price tickets to each Monarch pass holder. Taos helps solidify Monarch’s pass as the best deal in the region; all of the northern New Mexico areas, southern Colorado areas and Arizona Snowbowl are now on the Monarch Mountain season pass.

Early Season pass prices, through November 6, 2010 for the 2010-11 season are: Adult (16-61); $329, Students (13-15); $199, Juniors (7-12); $99, Seniors (62-68); $199, Kid’s (under 7) ski FREE at Monarch Mountain. Details can be found at or by calling 719-530-5040.

Denver’s Westword magazine picked the Monarch Season Pass as the Best Pass Deal in their 2010 Best Of issue and this season the Monarch pass is a bigger better deal.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monarch is investing $1.2 million for 2010-2011 season

Monarch Mountain is investing $1.2 million in area improvements for the 2010-11 season, these enhancements are due to a record breaking 2009-10 winter season. Monarch Mountain will once again reinvest in the area. Keeping with Monarch Mountain’s mission to always improve the skiing/riding experience, families are at the top of the list.

Lift Improvements
A new base terminal for the Garfield Chair Lift leads the list of improvements. A new and improved loading station, drive units and hydraulics will create an entirely new base terminal at Monarch Mountain’s most popular chair. The new base terminal will allow Garfield to run more efficiently with less stops for skiers and riders getting on and off the lift. The Pioneer quad chair lift will see a new unloading ramp at the top, helping ease the unloading process. Both Garfield and Pioneer lift mazes will see new lane dividers to facilitate the flow of maze traffic.

Base Lodge
The “highest Starbuck’s in the free world” will get even higher. Starbuck’s will be relocated to the top floor of the main lodge so customers can easily enjoy a snack or beverage with family and friends. A new deli will inhabit Starbuck’s former location at the mid-level corridor. The deli will be ideal for guest looking to get a quick sandwich, salad, snack and a drink and get back on the slopes.

Last years installment of the “Hydration Station” on the top level of the main building was such a success, two additional ones will be installed for this winter. The Picnic Room on the lower level of the main lodge and the Rental/Lesson center building will now have Hydration Stations. “Drinking water to stay hydrated at high altitude is very important and we want to make it as convenient as possible for our guests” said Rich Moorhead, Monarch Mountain CEO.

Rental/Lesson Center
Rental and Lesson Center guests will appreciate the addition of 600 sets of new Head rental skis, boots and bindings. These will be complemented by new snowboard and demo skis. New boot dryers will be added to the rental shop and the reservation counter will be remodeled to speed up the delivery of reserved equipment.

Just for Kids
Kids are “king” at Monarch Mountain, so several improvements and upgrades are aimed at the younger generation. A new Yurt for the junior mountain program will be used for registration and as a warming hut for the older offspring. The Children’s Center will be remodeled to better serve the younger tikes.

On mountain improvements will be made for beginners and families. Beginners will find a new gentler access point paralleling Romp which will make it easier to ski or ride to the terrain on the west side of the mountain. Tilt, the popular kids’ terrain park, will acquire several new “features”, keeping it fresh and fun. The “Organic” K2 Terrain Park will also have several new “all natural” features and a new log entrance (all features and the entrance are made from downed trees at the area). The addition of a new Prinoth Bison Snowcat will let allow the cat drivers to groom more terrain and lay down Colorado’s only “all natural” corduroy for skiers and riders to enjoy.

Skiers and Riders of all ages will enjoy this year’s improvements at Monarch Mountain, all aimed at enhancing the family and guest experience.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Celebrate Spring at Monarch Mountain

Fun events for everyone in the family.

As the days grow longer and the mountain temperatures rise, Monarch Mountain “springs” alive with events for all ages of participants and spectators.

Fifth Annual Kayaks on Snow Boatercross
Kayaks will be returning to the slopes of Monarch Mountain on Saturday, April 3, 2010. Kayakers from Colorado and the southwest will be competing for prizes (which include a new Kayak, cruiser bike and 2010-2011 Monarch Mountain season pass) and the all important “bragging rights”. The Boatercross event sends multiple kayaks, competing head to head down a course with banked corners, berms, rollers and small jumps. A single elimination format matches the fastest boats in the finals. The specially constructed Boatercross course on the Freeway run, located at the base area, has been a great event for participants and spectators alike.

New Belgium brewery is the title sponsor for this year’s event and the crew from Fort Collins will be giving away SWAG and prizes. KEEN footwear will have a prize wheel for everyone to spin. An expo area with Colorado Kayak Supply and the staff from River Runners will keep spectators entertained between heats. The entire event can be viewed from the base lodge deck and is free to the public.

Participant registration for the event is $20 and includes an event T-shirt. The registration opens at 10:00, practice starts at 11:00 and single elimination runs begin at 1:00.

Easter Sunday belongs to the Kids!
The day after the Kayaks on Snow event, Sunday April 4, 2010, is all about Kids. The day will begin with an Easter egg hunt and a chance to ski with the Easter Bunny for children 8 and under. These “8 and unders” are invited to bring their Easter basket up to Monarch Mountain for an Easter egg hunt and to ski with the Easter Bunny. The Easter egg hunt will start at 11:00 at the Children’s Center; no lift ticket is required and don’t forget your camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny.

An “Expression Session”, in the Tilt Terrain Park, is open to kids 12 and under. These young rippers can show off “what they’ve got” on the small rails, fun boxes and jumps. The Tilt Terrain Park has been very popular with young skiers and riders wanting to try smaller rails, fun boxes and jumps. Monarch Mountain is inviting all young rippers to the mountain to show what they have learned this season. Riders from the Option 23 Freeride Team will be on hand with tips and prizes for the young shredders.

Closing Day Sunday April 11, 2010 takes Tailgating to a whole new level!
The Closing Day Cook-off in the (Parking) Lot celebrates Monarch Mountain’s close to another great season with outrageous food and libations. Monarch guests have been setting up grills and tailgating in the Monarch parking lot for years. Several years back this annual event turned into a full-fledged competition with prizes being awarded for best food and best d├ęcor. The only entry cost is having enough food and beverages for the judges. Prizes include a 2010-11 Monarch Mountain Season Pass.

For more information on these events please go to or call a friendly local at 719.530.5040.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What’s new at Monarch Mountain for 2009-10?

The 2009-10 ski season will mark Monarch Mountain’s 70th year of operations. This summer various improvements have been made to the area to make the “70th Platinum” season special.

The improvements start in the base area; the Lesson/Rental Center building is getting a new entrance vestibule to keep the building warmer and guests dryer. Speaking of dryer, the Rental Shop has installed two new boot dryers to provide dry fresh boots for rental customers. The rental department has also invested over $55,000 in new equipment. The latest high end skis from K2, Salomon and Volkl and snowboards from K2 and Burton have been added to the demo fleet. Monarch has also brought in some beginner specific boots from Salomon that make walking around the base area easier.

On the mountain projects have been completed to improve the skiing/riding experience. Tree islands have been removed on Mirage, Turbo, Snowburn, and Short & Sweet. The trees will be used in the K2 Organic Terrain Park to build more natural features. The Tilt terrain park that was put in for kids and beginners looking for smaller terrain features was so popular that is has been more than doubled in size. Tilt will still have smaller less intimidating jumps, berms and rails but now there will just be more of them.

Monarch Mountain has always been respectful of the environment and is considered a very “Green” ski area. In keeping with that tradition Monarch has done various improvements that are environmentally friendly that you may not notice. More than $6000 was invested this season in upgrading the Main Lodge lighting systems. A new dimmer panel was installed and every light is now using energy efficient bulbs that use 75% less electricity. Also in the Main Lodge Monarch has installed a recycling / hydration station; clearly marked slots will help guests dispose of waste in a responsible manner and the hydration fountain is designed to refill bottles and hydration packs with free cold filtered mountain spring water.

Monarch allocates extensive resources to ensure water purity at the area and downstream, including the operation of their own wastewater treatment plant. New wastewater lab equipment is being purchased to guarantee that the water treatment plant is functioning properly. Additional asphalt was laid in the parking lot to improve drainage which alleviates mud and helps maintain water quality. Each summer Monarch removes more than 150 tons of silt that accumulates in runoff basins at the base of the mountain. These silt basins prevent the dirt from going downstream as the snow melts each spring.

The Monarch Mountain Sport Shop was expanded last season to add more products including items from Smith, Cloudveil, Columbia, Kavu and others. As you enter the Sport Shop this season you will notice even more new lines, along with new rental jackets and pants for guests looking to rent warm, dry outerwear.

A new larger deck has been added to the Children’s Center to help with the registration process and get the kids out on the snow easier. The reservations system that was installed last season has become so popular that more space was needed for the children and their parents as they got ready for their lessons.

Every year Monarch invests in new projects and items that aren’t really noticed by guests; kitchen equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles, tractors, radios, carpeting, computers etc. This season is no exception; one of those unseen upgrades is a new weather station. The weather station will be located at the top of Mirkwood Bowl and will provide real time data on temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction. This information will allow the Monarch Mountain Ski Patrol to better understand the weather conditions, allocate their resources for avalanche control work and be able to safely open terrain.

For the 2009-10 season Monarch Mountain will invest over $250,000 in improvements to the ski area bringing the total capital investment over the past 4 seasons to three million dollars. Monarch is also spending $100,000 on its Master Development Plan Project this summer for scoping and environmental analysis.

The Monarch Mountain ownership group is committed to improving the skiing and snowboarding experience.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grand Targhee Resort added to Monarch 09-10 Season Pass

Can the Monarch Season Pass get any better? The answer is yes, it sure can! We're proud to announce, Grand Targhee Resort has graciously given our 2009-2010 Season Pass holders FREE days throughout the season and half price tickets if they open before us! Thanks Grand Targhee!

If you have never been, do yourself a favor. Grand Targhee has many of the same characteristics that you love about Monarch; hometown feel, friendly staff, incredible views and tons of natural snow! Last year they received 529 inches!

The "Ghee" holds a special place in my heart. I've had many waist deep days there, good times camping in the parking lot, and even a proposal just down the road inside of a snowcave! Take a trip up there and see for yourself.

So, here's what the good floks at Grand Targhee had to say:

Thank you for your interest in Grand Targhee Resort. We are excited to offer two great money saving programs for season pass holders from Monarch Mountain, Colorado for the 2009-10 Season.

Season pass holders from Monarch Mountain are offered FREE SKIING with the purchase of lodging from Grand Targhee Resort! This ski free promotion is based on the standard nightly lodging rate for double occupancy. A maximum of 2 free lift tickets will be issued per room night. This promotion is not offered in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions, including the Multi-Night Discount rate, or Kids Stay & Ski Free. Season passes must be presented at time of check in to receive the free lift tickets. Reservations are subject to local lodging tax rates of 6% for properties at the base of the ski area, and 7% along the valley road. This promotion is based on availability at time of booking. Other restrictions may apply.

For lodging reservations, please call 1-800-TARGHEE (827-4433), and let them know you are a season pass holder from Monarch Mountain.

Season pass holders from Monarch Mountain can purchase lift tickets for Grand Targhee Resort for HALF PRICE prior to the opening of Monarch. Season passes must be presented to the Ticket Booth at time of purchase. A maximum of one ticket per season pass will be sold at half price per day.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Reflections on the 2008-2009 ski season

I'm sitting here in sunny downtown Salida at the Monarch World Headquarters, overlooking the rapidly rising Arkansas River. It's May and the lifts have been shut down for the summer. The 334 inches of snow that fell on Monarch this past season is now making it's way to the river, where it will be enjoyed by kayakers, rafters, fisher people, and fish alike. The guests are gone and most of our employees have left for other work and adventure.
It's kind of lonely this time of year. No more rushing in anticipation of the powder day, no more relishing the chance of seeing your photo on the evening news, no more inter-departmental gossip, no more driving up the hill to and fro.
I sit here reflecting back on the 08-09 ski started off eerily like last year; no snow until mid December. It then came in big! Although things were looking up in the snow department, the rumblings and eventual fallout of a changing economy were starting to be realized. The guests we were hoping for did come, (we actually had a record month of January in terms of skier visits) but they were frugal. I can't say that I blame them.
We received a much needed website makeover from our friends at the Branding Agency this season. We have a great product here at Monarch, and now our website reflects it.
I'm also thinking about one of our valued employees we lost this year. Everyone says that Monarch is one of the friendliest places to visit. It's true. We are like one big family up here and it shows. It was hard on many to lose "one of our own". RIP, Derek.
I'm starting to get the feeling like the dust storms that we experienced this season are getting worse and more frequent. Even today, you can look out towards the mountains and see parts of the Four Corners sitting there accelerating the snow melt.
One of the more entertaining events to happen at Monarch this season was "Blackhawk down". Yes, I'm talking about an Alaskan National Guard Blackhawk helicopter that crash landing just outside our boundary rope. I was riding the lift that morning in weather that can accurately be described as pea soup. First you could hear the helicopter close in and then suddenly nothing. The 3 on board were very lucky that day to be able to just walk away from the accident. The only evidence now is a clearing and some sheared off trees.
The season ended on a high note with our always popular Kayaks on Snow Boater X and last day Parking Lot Cook-off.
Well, enough was overall a great ski season and I personally can't wait for it to start again.