Different

A few areas that have been treated can be seen in these photos.  The photo above is looking across towards Sleepy Hollow from B’s Bash on the Breezeway side of the mountain.  The work conducted in the tree islands adjacent to Sleepy Hollow, Tenderfoot, Glade and Rookie can be identified.  The tree island between Quickdraw and Short Sweet can be seen…

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Wind Turbine Work

The wind turbine at our internet relay site on top of Monarch Ridge received some work this fall.  The engineers that we collaborate with on this project suspected additional turbulence being placed on the system at its original design height.  This was due to ground wind speed fluctuating as it passed over undulations in topography and vegetation. An extension of 15′ was fabricated to elevate…

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Decked

The contractors working on the vegetation management project are processing and decking trees in preparation for removal from the ski area.  A majority of the timber will be sent to local and regional mills located in Salida or Montrose.  These mills will utilize the wood for creating framing studs, decking, various shop grade cuts, and rough sawn timbers.  Beetle-kill spruce trees provide  a viable wood…

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Sign of the Times

Slope Maintenance and Ski Patrol have been working to install new mountain signage.  We are still planning to fabricate a metal sign for the top of Mirk that will list the elevation (11,952′) inside the apex of the frame.  The new signs are looking sharp and the top one will provide a nice backdrop for photos from the top of Mirkwood.  See…

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Priority Polygons

The first phase of the 5-year Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project aims to treat the yellow priority polygons shown below.  While this initial effort will not cover the entirety of these areas, work is on track for the majority of these polygons to receive some type of treatment.  All of these zones are located within the ski area boundary on somewhat lower angle terrain where the timber…

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Before & After

Here are two photos showing how the efforts put forth in the vegetation management project are changing the look of our tree stands at Monarch.  This is a photo of the tree island located just above the Caterpillar Lift and the base of Breezeway.  In the first photo, you can see numerous dead, standing trees.  In the second photo, only…

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Tubing Lift Installation

The forms for the new tubing lift are in with the concrete scheduled for next week.  The lift that is being installed is a Multi-SkiLift handle rope tow that will pull guests while sitting in their tubes to the top of the tubing park.  Tubing guests will walk towards the bottom of the lift in a pedestrian lane adjacent to the flatter portion…

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Thinning

Tree thinning continues on the Garfield and Pioneer side of the mountain as the Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project unfolds.  This initial work focuses on ground-based removal techniques primarily on lower angled terrain within the ski area boundary.  Local timber contractors are now working their way down the Sleepy Hollow corridor removing dead and dying trees affected by the spruce…

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