STOKED! Just booked my trip to Monarch - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
SnowboardingForum.com is the premier Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-16-2008, 01:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
BoardTard Xtrordinair
 
Mr. Right's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,476
Default STOKED! Just booked my trip to Monarch

So having a pass to Loveland we get 3 free days at Monarch CO. I just reserved my rooms at the Poncha Lodge and on the 8th we'll be headed out at 3 am. Can't wait! I'll be getting a ton of pics on the trip so look out for a trip report when I get back. Apparently they've had a phenominal year so far so it should be a great trip. We should have about 7 or 8 people.
Mr. Right is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-16-2008, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
killclimbz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 10,824
Default

Have you seen my trip reports from that area? The pass is fat and the resort sits just off the summit. You can check out last weekend here. Anyway, it is really, really good. I haven't seen that much snow down there in years. Especially this early in the season. Are you booking a cat day?

I am headed down there this weekend to hit the Lost Wonder Hut for a three day trip. I will definitely be taking a ton of pix. It should be a good trip. The Sawatch range is one of my most favorite in Colorado. Gets tons of snow and is highly underrated. Perfect.
killclimbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
BoardTard Xtrordinair
 
Mr. Right's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,476
Default

Yeah your trip report was what made me decide to book my time down there so soon. I don't think we're going to do a cat ride because we have a shitload of free day passes there and we kind of planned on a $200 per person trip which should cover gas, lodging, tons of beer, and some food. Is it worth it to take the cat ride? I also looked at the Mirkwood area and it says that in just a 15 minute hike you can find all the backcountry goodness (drops etc.) and still be within the resort. I don't want to venture too far off the main course because we won't have any beacons or anything not to mention we have a couple people going that are pretty new to the sport. Might have to split off the groups so I can see some of the steeps.
Mr. Right is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 03:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
killclimbz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 10,824
Default

Well I haven't ridden at the resort there in years. But I can say that Mirkwood looks pretty sweet. We get a great view of it from the ridge across the highway. Lot's of small cliffs and chutes with good looking run outs. I have had good reviews on Mirkwood from friends I trust. It's definitely the spot I would spend my time at. I think you'll have a good time there. I take it you are staying in Salida right? That is a kewl little town. Make sure you explore the downtown area for places to eat, drink, and wander around. I think when I retire that is where I am moving too...
killclimbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 04:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
BoardTard Xtrordinair
 
Mr. Right's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,476
Default

Haha you sound like me, when I retire I'm going to go somewhere between Salida and Durango, even though that is a long way off and things might change. Do you reccomend beacons if we were to hit Monarch pass? I know that is probably a really stupid question but from your trip report it didn't look like you were in a real dangerous area, but I know how pics can be VERY deceiving as well. I probably won't do it but there might be that chance since we will be down there. I definitely don't want to do something unsafe either.
Mr. Right is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 04:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
killclimbz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 10,824
Default

Oh that was most definitely avalanche terrain we traveled in. Even the the front ridge has some moderate avy danger in spots. I would totally recommend full avy gear. The other thing is, the spots we were at are hard to find if you don't know the area. It's a good mile plus out to Foose's. Plus you really can't do it on snowshoes. Sure the hike in is easy enough, but as soon as you drop, you need ski's to get out. We had a buddy on snowshoes who tried to do the tour. He kept punching through to his waste and was exhausted by the time he hit the ridge. One and done for him.
For boot packing or snowshoeing that leaves two options. Snowstake bowl and the summit ridge on the south side of the pass. The summit ridge makes you traverse a slope that I have never seen slide, but every fiber of my being tells me it can. Otherwise the tree runs to the snowmobile trail are pretty safe from slides. A pair of snowshoes would get you out of there easily enough. You just hike back up to the parking area for the pass.

Snowstake bowl, usually has a boot pack, but the lookers left side has a pretty exposed slope that gets windloaded. I have heard of it sliding and I believe it has recorded a few kills. The right side of that bowl is pretty safe from what I can tell. The nice part about snowstake is that the hike is short and all runs take you back to the road.
killclimbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 04:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
BoardTard Xtrordinair
 
Mr. Right's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,476
Default

Cool, I'll call that a wash this trip and wait until I have some more education and equipment. I've done some backcountry but mostly Loveland, short Berthoud hiking where it is definitely safe, and some snowmobile riding up Geneva Basin to rip up their green and blue runs.
Mr. Right is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 04:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
killclimbz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 10,824
Default

Probably a good call. I think Monarch will keep you plenty entertained anyway. That is a fun little hill and I love the scene around there.

Gawd Geneva Basin. That place can be a real kick in the pants. One of the better free huts around up there too.
killclimbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 06:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
BoardTard Xtrordinair
 
Mr. Right's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,476
Default

I haven't been to Geneva Basin in some time now, but I'm sure it's still the same. That little hut at the top is really nice too

Thanks for the Monarch info. I called off a Wolf Creek trip to go there so I'm hoping it won't disappoint, but I may just plan a march trip to Wolf Creek as well. I love Wolf Creek and I've heard some of Monarch's terrain is similar to the Waterfall area at Wolf Creek.
Mr. Right is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 10:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SE Colorado
Posts: 78
Default

Monarch has killer snow this year, I have ridden it 6 days or so on 3 diff trips. Very good stuff, this last time some friends from Eagle came down(Vail an Beaver guys) They bitched about the short runs and slow lifts, but the waste deep powder on Mirkwood made them shut up finally

Did I read right you going the 8th of Feb? If so, damn, I will be in the Bahamas then but gonna try to hit a few times in late feb and early march...if I read it wrong and you be there a diff time, gimme a hollar, would love to ride with some other guys. All my friends are from the front range area, so I dont usually get to have them come down to my little old Monarch Also, sounds like you good to go on lift tickets, but philips 66 having a buy one 1 get free on lift tickets for Monarch, CB, and Copper.

Hope you have fun, and maybe get some good fresh stuff for your trip! As of tonight supposed to get 9 inches, and maybe another 10 tomorrow.....lovely!

Last edited by sevenvii; 01-27-2008 at 10:34 PM.
sevenvii is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:58 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
VerticalSports
Baseball Forum Golf Forum Boxing Forum Snowmobile Forum
Basketball Forum Soccer Forum MMA Forum PWC Forum
Football Forum Cricket Forum Wrestling Forum ATV Forum
Hockey Forum Volleyball Forum Paintball Forum Snowboarding Forum
Tennis Forum Rugby Forums Lacrosse Forum Skiing Forums