Well … the smoke from the numerous fires across the Western states got a little reprieve last night and dumped about 18 inches on little old Monarch Mountain. Only a handful of us came to work today to make sure all of our structures were intact. The rest are more than accustomed to working from home. This snow is like a portent of things to come as the Ski Industry is ramping up it’s communications with the state as we speak. Scott, BL, and I will be meeting today with Chaffee County Commissioner Greg Felt, Salida City Administrator Drew Nelson, and Chaffee County Director of Environmental Health Services Andrea Carlstrom. All of these individuals are outdoor enthusiasts and staunch Monarch Supporters. Nonetheless, we intend on telling our story to them so to assuage any concerns they might have. Most importantly, to not assume that what information is coming out from one ski area or another is pertinent to what we may be doing. Our demographic and geographic makeup is quite unique, and our independence allows us to move forward confidently without feeling over extended. Once the planning stages have settled into place, I will be sending out a letter to all of our constituents with a detailed operating plan for the 2020-2021 season. This should be by the end of next week … stay tuned.