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OUR BACKYARD

CAT SKIING

FOR EXPERT SKIERS + RIDERS ONLY

Looking to elevate your Monarch experience? Monarch Cat Skiing offers 1,635 acres of diverse expert terrain featuring wide open bowls, steep chutes, beautiful glades and some of the best tree skiing you will ever experience.
Lunch and an après ski beverage (beer, wine or non-alcoholic) for each guest is included in the price of the Cat. Additionally, guests can try out demo/powder equipment from our Rental Shop at no extra charge.
For the 2021-22 season, we are accepting reservations for single seats or the entire Cat with a maximum of 10 guests per snowcat. Proof of COVID vaccination (completed at least 2 weeks prior to your trip) or a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to your trip is required. A mask/face covering will be required in the Cat Yurt and while riding in the snowcat.

2021//22 CAT SKIING

SINGLE SEATS $525

Full Cat* $5000

*Accommodates 10 people.
Reservations are being taken for Jan. 3 and later. Opening and closing days for Cat Skiing may vary depending on snow coverage on the terrain and are subject to change.
For questions or to book by phone, call the ticket office at (719) 530-5105.
COVID-19 INFO

details + policies

SKILL LEVEL POLICY

Conditions in the back country are variable and extreme. You must be an advanced/expert skier or rider. If the guides determine that the skill level of a guest is hindering the progress of the group, or is endangering themselves or others, those individuals may be asked to finish their day skiing/riding lift-served, in-bound trails at Monarch Mountain.

MINIMUM AGE POLICY

The minimum age for cat skiing is 14 with a parent or guardian present, though we will give special consideration for younger guests with full cat bookings. Skiers and riders ages 17 and younger must have a parent or guardian present and a Monarch Cat Skiing release signed by a parent or legal guardian.

PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS + REFUNDS

  • A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. Complete payment is due 10 days prior to trip date, and all funds are non-refundable at that time.
  • Guest cancellations must be made no less than 10 days prior to the scheduled trip by emailing ticketmanager@skimonarch.com or calling (719) 530-5105.
  • Guest cancellations made within 10 days and earlier than 5 days before the scheduled trip will not be refunded, however they may be rescheduled for a $25 fee. Guest cancellations made within 5 days of the scheduled trip cannot be refunded or rescheduled.
  • If you begin to experience symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 within this time, call (719) 530-5105 to discuss options.
  • Monarch Cat Skiing reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time due to mechanical problems, avalanche danger or skiing conditions. A refund may be given, or the trip will be rescheduled.
  • Monarch Cat Skiing refund policy is based on guests receiving a minimum of five hours of skiing/riding time. This time will include lift rides, cat rides, orientation at the top of runs, re-grouping below, and, of course, skiing and riding! We do not guarantee a total number of runs or vertical, as this will be determined by snow conditions, group ability, and individual run logistics.
  • Any refund due to circumstances beyond our control will be based on time missed from the five hour minimum of skiing/riding time. The value of each hour is calculated on the cost of the individual seat or full cat divided by five. This number is multiplied by the amount of hours lost from the minimum and will constitute the amount of a refund.
  • Monarch Cat Skiing does not provide refunds for a guest’s failure to arrive on time, group or individual “no shows”, injury, the inability to ski/ride the terrain or conditions, lost skiers/riders, or for any other personal emergencies or issues.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

  • Proof of full COVID vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to your trip, or a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to your trip is required.
  • Wearing a mask/face covering inside the Cat cabin is required, as well as in the Cat Skiing Yurt during the morning orientation.
  • Eating is not allowed in the snowcat. Snacks may be eaten outside the cat between runs.
  • Windows in the snowcat should be opened to increase ventilation. The snowcat is sanitized on a regular basis.
  • If you are feeling ill for any reason on the day of your trip, please stay home.
  • As a guest with Monarch Cat Skiing, you will be expected to listen and follow all instructions from the guides throughout the cat trip.
  • When checking in and meeting your guides, be suited and booted using your vehicle as your locker room. No personal items are to be left indoors while out on the Cat.
  • Participants are expected to arrive well rested and hydrated. Remember, you will be skiing near or at 12,000 feet in elevation. Sleeping well, eating well and staying hydrated are keys to avoiding altitude sickness.
  • Monarch Cat Skiing does our best to provide services for ADA participants. Adequate notification (72 hours in advance) may be helpful to our staff in making a reasonable accommodation.
  • Monarch Cat Skiing discourages the use of headphones. If you must wear them, be sure they are off when the guides are explaining the details of each run.
  • Participants agree to abstain from the use of alcohol or drugs while on their cat skiing trip.
  • Participants agree to ski/ride within their ability level.
  • If the guides determine that the skill level or the lack of cooperation from a participant is impeding the ability for the group to achieve the maximum runs on their trip or is endangering themselves/others, those individuals will not be allowed to participate. However, they may finish their day skiing/riding at Monarch Mountain using the ski lifts.
  • Participants are asked to ski/ride with partners while in the gladed/treed zones and are responsible for keeping track of each other.
  • Commercial video or photography is not allowed unless permitted separately by the USFS through an approved still photo and/or commercial filming request with the San Isabel National Forest and obtaining permission from Monarch Mountain.

ITINERARY

8:00am
Meet your guides in the Cat Yurt located adjacent to the Ski Patrol building at the south end of the lodge. Guides will verify your vaccination or negative test information and conduct a health screening of all guests.
You will sign a waiver form, receive your lift ticket and choose your lunch option; if utilizing demo equipment you’ll also receive a voucher for the Rental Shop – head over to the Rental and Lesson Center to be fitted for equipment; the Java Stop will be open for coffee and breakfast items if you’d like to grab a bite.
8:40am
Return to the Cat Yurt for a brief orientation and to be supplied with a beacon. This is mandatory – don’t be late! Avalanche airbag packs are also available if desired.
9:00am
Load the Breezeway lift. The Cat will be waiting for you at the top of the lift.
Mid-Day (time varies)
Head to the Gunbarrel Cafeteria to pick up your box lunch. Find a place indoors, outdoors or in your vehicle to enjoy your lunch. Meet back at the Breezeway lift at the time specified by the guides.
4:00pm
Last run! Once in the base area, return to the Monarch Room. Return beacons/packs to the guides. This is a good time to tip your guides, if desired. Return demo equipment to the Rental Shop. Head to the Sidewinder Saloon for your free, celebratory beverage.
5:00pm
Last call in the Sidewinder.

the terrain

Monarch Cat Skiing does not implement a slope rating system for our off-piste (no grooming), backcountry terrain. We operate in varying snow conditions and on a variety of slope types. Guests should be prepared for variabilities in snow texture, as we have it all. Slopes are primarily a NE aspect, but we cover every direction of the compass. All participants must have the ability to ski/ride extreme back country terrain.
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STAMP OF APPROVAL

Monarch Cat Skiing is a proud member of CatSki US. This organization is made up of the finest snowcat ski operations and guides in the country, providing the framework for establishing operating standards and to provide oversight in compliance with these standards. CatSki US offers continuing education for member operators which benefit our guests and the industry as a whole.
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Monarch Mountain is an equal opportunity provider and operates under a special use permit with the Pike San Isabel National Forest.
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