When will Monarch open?

This is the question that everyone has this time of year. The answer is…it depends. As all of you Monarch aficionados know, we rely solely on all natural snowfall. No white ribbon of terror found here. (The single open trail of man-made snow that is full of skiers and riders found early season at other mountains). We allow mother nature…

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Snow Harvest

As many of you know, we were considering the implementation of a small snowmaking system for this season. The system we were considering would have simply supplemented what we have done for many years in our base area. Our slope maintenance department utilizes all the snow that falls in the parking lot at this time of the year. We use…

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Post Storm Update

We received 10″ of high-density snow from the storm on Sunday night into Monday morning. As of Monday morning, we have a 15″ base at our mid-mountain snow study. We are continuing to track pack all the beginner trails and will be getting the winch cat out on some intermediate trails on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have primarily been working…

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Track Packing

With the latest snowfall this week, the Slope Maintenance Department officially began their snow grooming operations for the 2018-19 winter season. We had a few cats out on the hill to begin the process of track packing some of our trails. The operators remove the tiller (the implement that creates corduroy textured snow) for these operations. This lightens the cat…

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Fresh Snow

The mountain received 6″ of fresh snow over the last few days. It looks like some cooler and unsettled weather is in the forecast as we head into November. Keep doing your best snow dances and sacrificing those old boards.

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Fence Party

Monarch Cat Skiing utilizes temporary snow-fences to capture snow that is used for building over-the-snow roads in the MCS permitted area.  These temp fences work similarly to the permanent wooden fences that we built within the ski area this summer.  The wind blows the snow from the windward side to the leeward side of these fences. This creates a pile for our…

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Prescribed Burn

Our Slope Maintenance and Ski Patrol crews are wrapping up the initial efforts of the Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project.  They have been working diligently to clean up slash piles left over after the removal of beetle-killed trees from the mountain.  As described in an earlier post, we have been chipping and grinding as much of this material as we can and distributing it…

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Uphill Access

Along with the first snow of the season comes the first round of winter enthusiasts.  Monarch Mountain does have a formal uphill policy within our USFS Winter Operating Plan that users must abide by.  All users must have an uphill ticket valid for the current 2018-19 winter season.  The ticket must be worn on the outside of your ski gear…

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