Monarch Pass Ski Area, Colorado

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Monarch Pass Ski Resort

A charming relic from a bygone era, Monarch Pass Ski Area features diverse high-alpine terrain blessed annually with ample all-natural Colorado powder snow. Read More

  • Monarch Mountain is 50 miles west of Crested Butte.
  • Monarch receives over 300 inches of 100% all-natural snow annually on its 800 acres.
  • Ski Monarch Pass late November to early April, depending on snow conditions, from 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • Call 888-996-7669 to start planning your Monarch Pass ski area trip.


With affordable lift tickets, no real-estate development and zero artificial snowmaking, 70-year-old Monarch Mountain is a delightful throwback. But don't be fooled, Monarch offers modern amenities, including on-site dining, lessons and rentals, as well as some of the driest powder snow and most exotic terrain in Colorado.


From Crested Butte, Monarch Pass skiing is about 50 miles west along Highway 50. Salida, a charming town along the Arkansas River, is 20 miles east of Monarch ski area.


Monarch usually opens in late November through early April, conditions permitting. Lifts turn every day from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Mountain Services

In addition to the highest Starbucks in America, Monarch dining options include a lunch grill and craft-beer saloon. Find more full-service restaurants in Salida.

Monarch's ski school conducts private and group lessons for all abilities. Ski and snowboard rentals are conveniently located slopeside.

Contact Information

Call Monarch Pass ski resort at 888-996-7669.