Mirkwood Basin

130 Acres of Double-Black Diamond Extreme Skiing

A secret stash, where the adventure will test you against the forces of nature. Formerly, this incredible area was only available for Monarch Cat Skiing guests before it was included into Monarch Mountain’s Special-Use Boundary for all to enjoy in 2005. Mirkwood is comprised of a variety of terrain and the conditions are off piste. This means there is no grooming. Just all natural conditions and some of the best snow in Colorado can be found here.

The Run-Down

Hike-to-terrain where you can claim legendary hero lines through open faced bowls, steep chutes, spaced trees and powdery meadows. There is no grooming and conditions are variable.

Mirkwood closes at 2:30pm.

Getting Here

To access Mirkwood Basin, take the Breezeway lift, cross under the big wooden gate with the Mirkwood sign, then hike about 10-20 minutes to the summit.

Safety Tips

  • Hike on the climber’s right side of the access road to stay clear of snowmobiles and snowcats.
  • Always ski with a partner and keep them within your sight at all times.
  • Obey all signs and closures.
  • Carry avalanche equipment such as beacons or transceivers, reflectors, airbag packs, probes and shovels when skiing or riding in areas where avalanches may occur.
  • Wear a helmet. Protect your dome!
Mirkwood Basin
Monarch Ski Patrol

Monarch Ski Patrol

Monarch Ski Patrol conducts avalanche mitigation operations within Mirkwood Basin throughout the season. While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at ski areas, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and its application on steep, mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness. For more information on avalanche safety and education, visit avalanche.org.