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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding in Central Colorado
Champagne powder and stunning vistas

Monarch Mountain Ski Resort

The Monarch Mountain Ski Resort is 18 miles west of Salida, Colorado via U.S. Hwy 50. Monarch's season normally begins in mid-November and ends mid-April. Monarch's base elevation is 10,790 feet. The summit reaches an elevation of 11,961 feet, offering a vertical drop of 1,170 feet. The mountain receives an average annual snowfall of over 350 inches. Monarch has 670 skiable acres, 5 lifts, and 54 trails. 21 percent of the trails are devoted to beginners, 37 percent to intermediate, and 42 percent to advanced. Monarch's longest run is two miles. Its 6,000 skiers per hour uphill capacity is accomplished using one fixed quad lift, and four double chair lifts. Monarch's Ricochet Terrain Park offers rail slides, big airs, jumps and bumps. Monarch grooms about three kilometers of trail on Old Monarch Pass. They also carve two single-track Nordic loops, one beginner, one more advanced, through the trees near the ski lodge. The Sidewinder Saloon and a cafeteria offer food services. Other services include skiing and snowboarding lessons, equipment rentals, and child care (ages 3-6 years old). Snowcat skiing and snowboarding tours are available from Monarch Snowcat Tours. Lodging is available at the Monarch Mountain Lodge, for reservations call 1-(800) 332-3668. Other dining and lodging establishments are located in nearby Buena Vista and Salida. Call 888- 996-7669 for complete information on skiing and snowboarding at Monarch.



Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper is located 10 miles north of Leadville, Colorado via U.S. Hwy 24. The Ski Cooper skiing and snowboarding season normally begins November 24 and ends April 2. Cooper's base elevation is 10,500 feet. The summit reaches an elevation of 11,700 feet, offering a vertical drop of 1,200 feet. The mountain receives an average annual snowfall of 250 inches. Ski Cooper has 365 skiable  acres, 4 lifts, and 26 trails. 30 percent of the trails are devoted to beginners, 40 percent to intermediate, and 30 percent to expert. Ski Cooper's longest run is 1.4-miles. Its 3,300 skiers per hour uphill capacity is accomplished using one triple, one double chair lift, and two surface lifts. Nordic skiing is available at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center which has 24 kilometers of groomed track and skating trails. The snowboard terrain park is accessible from the top of Trail's End. Stumps, bumps, and air abound. Services include skiing and snowboarding lessons, equipment rentals, and child care (ages 2-7 years old). Snowcat skiing and snowboarding tours are available from Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours. Meals and lodging are available in nearby Leadville, Colorado. Call 800-707-6114 for complete information on skiing and snowboarding at Ski Cooper.


Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek is located 75 miles west of Alamosa, Colorado via U.S. Hwy 160. The Wolf Creek skiing and snowboarding season normally begins early-November and ends early-April. Wolf Creek's base elevation is 10,300 feet. The summit reaches an elevation 11,904, offering a vertical drop of 1,604 feet. The mountain receives an average annual snowfall of 465 inches. Wolf Creek has 1,600 skiable acres, 5 lifts, one rolling conveyor, and 50 trails. 20 percent of the trails are devoted to beginners, 35 percent to intermediate, 25 percent to advanced skiers, and 20 percent to experts. Wolf Creek's longest run is 2-miles. Its 8,100 skiers per hour uphill capacity is accomplished using one quad chairlift, two triple chairlifts, two double chairlifts, and one rolling conveyor. Nordic skiing is available on a groomed 6 mile loop track. Services include skiing and snowboarding lessons and equipment rentals. Child care services are available at off site facilities. Lodging on the east side is available in the towns of Creede and South Fork. Lodging on the west side is available in the town of Pagosa Springs. Wolf Creek offers three food service facilities and one full service bar. Call (970) 264-5639 for complete information on skiing and snowboarding at Wolf Creek.

 


Featured Ski & Snowboard Rental Shops in Central Colorado

Mt. Shavano Ski Rentals

Mt. Shavano Ski and Snowboard Shop is looking forward to our 37th season! We are excited to offer the latest NEW equipment to rent for your snow sliding fun. Choose your favorite package: shaped skis, twin tips, snowboard, telemark, snowblades, snowshoes, or x-country. We guarantee you cannot beat the quality of our equipment for the price anywhere in the area.

Come to Mt. Shavano for your clothing, equipment and accessory needs. Our shop is the largest clothing and accessory shop in the area featuring a full selection of quality name brand winter apparel and accessories. We have the best selection of T-shirts, caps, souvenirs & more. Shop at Mt. Shavano and save on all of your winter clothing needs! We offer a great selection of skis, boot, poles, snowboards, bindings, and other equipment.

Reserve your gear today by calling 800-678-0341


Ski & Snowboard Rental Shops in Central Colorado

Salida Mountain Sports
Salida Mountain Sports, 110 North F Street, Salida, CO 81201. 719-539-4400

 

Alpine Bike & Ski, 28226 West US Highway 160, South Fork, CO 81154. 719-873-2495
Alpine Ski & Sport, 711 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461. 866-908-7547
Doc's Outdoor Sports, 31101 West US Highway 160, South Fork, CO 81154. 800-225-9653
Headwaters Outdoor Equipment, 228 North F Street, Salida, CO 81201. 719-539-4506
Leadville Ski Country, 116 East 9th Street, Leadville, CO 80461. 800-500-5323
Monarch Mountain Ski Resort, 22720 West US Highway 50, Monarch, CO 81227. 888-996-7669
Mt. Shavano Ski and Snowboard Shop, 16101 West US Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201. 800-678-0341
Mountain Sports Haus, 10240 US Highway 50, Poncha Springs, CO 81242. 877-588-4287
Sawatch Backcountry, 460 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461. 719-486-2271
Ski Cooper, Leadville, CO 80461. 800-707-6114
The Trailhead, 707 US Highway 24 North, Buena Vista, CO 81211. 719-395-8001
Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 970-264-5639

 


General Backcountry Safety--This training program was prepared by Charley Shimanski of the Mountain Rescue Association Education Committee. It is an introductory course in backcountry safety for those with little or no experience in mountainous and backcountry terrain. This file is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (All backcountry recreationalists should read this. It could save your life in an emergency.)



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