As reported here last year, Monarch Mountain is in its second season of improvements and enhancements based on its master plan, which received acceptance from the U.S. Forest Service last November.
Monarch is moving from the base up, concentrating on lodge and parking lot expansion and improvements, then ultimately adding about 120 acres of new terrain on the backside of the mountain in an area called No Name Basin.
This season, Monarch is adding a new parking lot, a slope-side bar and new children’s programs.
“The emphasis of the Master Plan is to improve the skiing experience at Monarch with the addition of more ski terrain, new lifts, last seasons’ lodge expansion and this year’s new parking lot,” says Greg Ralph of Monarch Mountain.
The new parking lot is located on the east side of the existing lot near the vehicle maintenance area, which allows you to ski from your car to the base of the mountain and back. The lot will accommodate 80 cars and will be used during busy times.
The new Elmo’s Bar is located in the Pioneer Room on the Gunbarrel Cafeteria level of the Main Lodge. Located slope-side, Elmo’s Bar was added to make it convenient to enjoy a beverage without going to the Sidewinder Saloon. Big screen televisions will carry sporting events and picture windows will look out onto the mountain for après ski.
Monarch Mountain has also re-designed all multi-day Children’s Ski & Ride Programs. The prices of the Children’s programs have been lowered, lesson times changed and lunch is now included with all day-long programs.
All children and young adults from ages 3 to 15 will be awarded a Monarch Mountain Season Pass at the completion of their programs.
The Caterpillar program introduces 3-4 year old kids to skiing under the guidance and direction of a trained instructor. The Monarch Butterflies program is designed for 5 and 6 year olds and their parents “to facilitate kids and an accompanying parent having a playful time on the mountain together,” adds Ralph.
For Young Adults ages 7-15, Monarch Mountain offers three different programs: Explores, Rippers and Freeride Fridays. All multi-day programs are available during January and February. Complete details can be found at www.skimonarch.com/lessonschildcare.