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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.


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Closing day at Monarch

Monarch Mountain, Colorado, closed with a bang this weekend (sniff) in mid-winter conditions with its annual “Cook-off in the Lot” tailgate party. We were there to partake in the fresh snow, food and libations. Here are a few shots from the day.