Monarch Mountain can be found along Highway 235 in Salida, Colorado. The winter season at the Monarch Mountain is from the middle of November until the first portion of April. The lifts are operational from nine in the morning until four in the evening during this time. The main lodge opens at eight in the morning and closes at five thirty in the evening. The facilities are open seven days a week during the ski season.
Monarch Mountain's administration offices are open from eight thirty in the morning until four in the evening during the summer. The summer season begins in mid April. The facility is open weekdays during the summer. There are sixty-three trails on the mountain, fourteen percent are beginner, twenty-eight percent intermediate, twenty-seven percent advanced and thirty-one percent are expert.
The longest run at Monarch Mountain is one mile long. There can be as many as sixty-one hundred skiers going up the mountain each hour. The mountain is operated under a permit from the United States Forest Service in conjunction with San Isabel National Forest. Monarch Mountain has been in operation since 1939.
Monarch Ski and Ride School is a certified school with professional instructors. Those as young as seven can receive group instruction whether they want to snowboard or ski. There are also lessons for the more advanced in these areas. Those as young as three years of age can receive private instruction. Private lessons can be obtained for those of all ages and skill levels in addition to seasonal programs for adults and children that need multiple lessons.
There are a number of options provided for childcare through Monarch Children's Center. Options include snacks, food, rentals and lessons for the children. The childcare program at Monarch Mountain is designed for children two to six years of age to allow parents more freedom while at the mountain. The childcare programs are available from 8:30 in the morning until 4:14 in the afternoon. The program has flexible schedules that can be hourly, a full day or a half day.
Those dropping off or picking up children at the center on Monarch Mountain are required to have valid identification. The rates for lessons and childcare at the facilities vary; fees are dependent on the length of lesson or childcare. Seasonal programs offer the chance for adults and children to have a wide range of options during their visit to the facilities.
The seasonal youth programs at Monarch Mountain are designed for those ages three to fifteen. These programs include something for everyone even preschoolers. The adult programs are done in conjunction with Saturday Monarch Explorers and Wednesday Caterpillar programs. The prices vary depending on the program.
Those requiring additional information about Monarch Mountain, the facilities, lodging accommodations and rates should contact the facility directly. The mountain is ideal for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Those in need of daycare information should contact the Monarch Children's Center directly to confirm hours or make reservations for their child.