High astride the Continental Divide in central Colorado sits Monarch Ski and Snowboard Area. The area is shaped a bit like a catcher's mitt, so with a base elevation of 10,790 feet and a summit just shy of 12,000 feet it catches an average of 350" of snow each year. The high elevation and semi-arid climate conspire to keep what does fall dry and long-lasting. There is, understandably, no snowmaking at the mountain.


Monarch Powder

Blower Powder in April at Monarch, Colorado

Winter isn't finished with us yet. Just about every state in the West has been getting hammered by this latest storm. We got out to sample the goods at Monarch, Colorado today. With 6 inches reported and much more deposited by the wind it was a great day to be storm riding in Colorado. Make sure you get out this weekend somewhere and get some.