An “Au Natural” Opening at Monarch Mountain on Friday

No snow making here: Colorado's Monarch will be open with 100% of its snow straight from mother nature.
Monarch 15/16 Season

With 20 inches of snow in the last seven days Monarch Mountain has set its opening day for Friday, Dec 2.

Operating since 1939, Monarch doesn’t believe in snow making. “We don’t make snow, Mother Nature does. Our flakes aren’t fake,” reads their snow report.

This made the recent snowstorms especially special to the ski resort nestled into Colorado’s Continental Divide, about 20 miles west of Salida. “The storms that passed over the Continental Divide on Thanksgiving weekend really gave us something to be thankful for,” said Jeffery Martin, vice president of sales and marketing at Monarch Mountain.

Year to date totals are hovering just above 40 inches, but skiers and riders should still expect early season conditions. Monarch will announce the specific terrain to open Thursday afternoon via their website,

In other news, Monarch has a few new offerings for the 2016/2017 season, including a $269 College Season Pass.

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Monarch's 2016/2017 trail map designating uphill trails with blue arrows.

Also new this season, Monarch will be joining the likes of Eldora Mountain Resort in creating dedicated uphill travel routes enabling skiers and riders to travel uphill during operating hours. Uphill access is included in Monarch's alpine season passes. Or uphillers can purchase an uphill-only season pass for $15. View more details on Monarch's uphill ski policy here.