Kickoff

Monarch Mountain just took a big step towards getting the 2018-19 winter season underway.  We held our annual Manager’s Kickoff this week with all 45 members of our management team.  There are a lot of familiar faces returning for the season along with a few new ones.  We take a lot of pride in our management team at Monarch and strongly believe…

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Grinder

The Slope Maintenance Department is utilizing a tub grinder to chip the slash piles that were created during the first phase of the Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project.  (This photo was taken before the bulk of this weeks’ snow) schau dir das jetzt an.  The grinder is a beast of a machine that uses metal teeth to crush the wood into chips…

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First Real Snow

We received our first significant snowfall of the season this week with around 6-8″ of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday (and it’s still coming down today).  The mountain is looking like winter and we have some more flakes in the forecast all the way into the weekend.  It does look like we will warm up next week but some of this…

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Winter Driving

It’s full on winter conditions out there and the pass is a mess.  I think people forget how to drive in the snow over the summer months.  The first snowfall tends to bring a little chaos on the roads every year.  The commercial chain law is currently in effect. For individual drivers, be sure you abide by traction laws when…

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Snow & Avalanche

Monarch Mountain recently sent a crew of Ski Patrollers and Cat Skiing Guides to the annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop.  This one-day conference is organized by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  With discussions on winter weather and avalanche mitigation, combined with actual snow in the forecast, the excitement builds for the rapidly approaching winter season.

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Haulin’

The mountain is abuzz with the removal of trees from the vegetation management project.  Logging trucks are busy making their way down the mountain.  We have been hauling about 15-20 truckloads per day to the mills in Montrose and Salida.

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Revegetation

The Slope Maintenance Department uses a hydro-seeder to revegetate soils that are disturbed during our summer mountain projects.  We utilize a weed-free, USFS approved mix of native grasses, fescues, and flowers during this process.  This machine can hold up to 1,000 gallons of water mixed together with the seed mix and a tacking mulch that helps bind it to the application surface mannapotheke.de/.  The tower gun is able…

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Charlie

Due to our high elevation, we only have one aspen tree on the mountain. Its leaves are turning gold with the changing of the season. It’s named after the somewhat sad looking Charlie Brown Christmas tree. See if you can find it this winter. Hint…you can spot it while riding one of our lifts.

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