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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Monarch Mountain Colorado

Monarch is a nice little hidden gem. I've driven right past it about 20 times to get to Wolf Creek and didn't even realize what lay right up hwy 50. According to many reliable sources they have had the best snow the area has seen in up to/over a decade but I must say that aside from that the terrain is sick. A lot of natural jumps, steeps, and plenty of blue and green around to learn on or just bomb the crap out of. Spent 3 days there and at times the lines at the bottom were a little long but still didn't compare to the big ones like Breck, Keystone, A-basin, Vail etc. They were still longer than Lovelands lines I must admit. We showed up on a friday morning to beautiful sunshine and 3.5-4.5 feet of pow depending on where you went. There was still plenty of pow to be found when we left on Sunday at 4pm. We got a bunch of video but being cam newbs we only had about 5 useable minutes

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DrGreenthumb420 edited the video and sent it to me. I'm the guy that had to bail on the jump and almost took out the traversing beginnner skier who happened to be doing his S turns through the park.

The mountain has 3 parks. A beginner with a lot of rails low to the ground, a larger park for intermediate to not quite what I'd call expert, and an organic park with a bunch of log hits and more natural jumps etc. I liked the organic park, it's more my style and normally I can't stand the park because there are 50 kids sitting there waiting to turn in front of a rail and carve up the approach .

We have more video I'm just trying to get it, we have been recovering from the trip for a week haha.

Monarch Mountain

Cheaper than all the big ones, less crowded, mucho cheap lodging around, and only about 3 hours from Denver pending on weather, road closures etc.

When the fuck did we get ice cream?

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Hmmmm, well I agree with your review. Though I never experience lift lines down there. Oh yeah, I use the ski area across the street from Monarch mountain...

Definitely a gem. In recent years with the addition of Mirkwood and cat skiing, it's starting to make a name for itself. Good for business, bad for us. Glad you enjoyed it. The only knock I have on that place is the vert is a little short, just barely but it is.
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ou go past monarch on the way to wolf creek?!? I go down I25 and then through alamosa...

anyways, its a good place. about 2 hours away for me. usually the lines are pretty good but Ive seen them long as well (long comparitively to other days there).

I need to hit mirkwood but never have someone that want to go with me...

I just need to start hiking alone in the resort areas...
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From where I live its easiest to take 24 or 9 over to 285 and shoot to 160 that way. If I lived in the city I'd definitely take 125 every time. The only reason I do take 125 is if 70 west and 285 are closed. From my house I can get to Fairplay in about 1 hour if traffic and roads are good.

Maybe I was there on a bunk weekend but mid day saturday mostly and sunday there were a few pretty good lift lines at the bottom. It was fine once we got up to the higher lifts where the beginners don't roam . It certainly wasn't bad.

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what days? I was there last weekend it was nice...
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I rode Monarch last friday, saturday, and sunday. Friday was the shit. There was quite a bit of snow on the ground.

When the fuck did we get ice cream?
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Hmmm I was there then!! I was the dude running around only in a tshirt. maybe you saw me...
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I actually do remember seeing a dude running around in a t-shirt and gloves. If it was you I think I saw you with a couple other people too.

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I actually do remember seeing a dude running around in a t-shirt and gloves. If it was you I think I saw you with a couple other people too.
I went with 4 other people but I would say nearly half the day I was riding alone...

Black tshirt and grey grenade mittens eh?
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I went with 4 other people but I would say nearly half the day I was riding alone...

Black tshirt and grey grenade mittens eh?
Yep thats ringing a bell. I think I only saw one person there riding in a t-shirt and it was on Sunday.

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