It’s a bright and shiny new year and we’re excited to see what 2018 brings! January is a great time to visit Salida and go skiing or snowboarding at Monarch Mountain. After the busy holiday season, the town and the mountain have fewer visitors, which gives you the chance to better experience how special the area really is. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to hit the slopes but also to take part in some of our other terrific winter activities like snowshoeing, dog sled rides, or snowmobile tours. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the January events you can enjoy at Monarch Mountain. We hope you’re having a wonderful new year so far and that the rest of 2018 is magnificent as well.
Ski with a Naturalist – Every Friday
If you’re interested in learning more about the area’s wildlife and ecology, you’ll love the Ski with a Naturalist event. Happening every Friday at 11 a.m., you can take part in a free skiing tour on beginner runs with a Naturalist. In addition to covering local plants and animals, your guide will also address the partnership between Monarch Mountain and the United States Forest Service and the history of Monarch Pass. It’s a relaxed and informative event that makes the mountain that much more interesting.
Town Challenge – Every Friday
Starting on January 5th and lasting until March 2nd, you can check out the Town Challenge series on Freeway. Every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., amateur ski and snowboard teams of six will compete in a race down the mountain. All teams are sponsored by local businesses and organizations. It’s a fun competition to watch that provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of the area’s talented skiers and snowboarders.
Backcountry Day – January 13th
Get all the need-to-know backcountry safety information at Backcountry Day on Monarch Mountain. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. You’ll be able to see avalanche beacon and other equipment demonstrations. In addition, Monarch’s Director of Ski Patrol, Zach Moore, will be presenting the Know Before You Go Program. This program lasts around an hour and includes information about staying safe in avalanche terrain, how to spot avalanche dangers, and much more. And if all that weren’t enough, the Monarch Avalanche Dogs will also be there!
Lids on Kids and Kids on Lifts – January 20th
The Lids on Kids and Kids on Lifts event is dedicated to helping kids stay safe on the mountain. There will be presentations, educational information, and assistance provided with helmet fitting. Representatives from the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) and the Central Mountain Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC) will also be on hand to give away a limited number of kids’ helmets. In addition, kids will have the chance to learn about proper chairlift riding techniques and the importance of using sunscreen while they’re on the mountain.
Park Smart Education – January 27th
This educational event focuses on how to properly use the terrain parks with Smart Style. When you’re SMART, you Start small, Make a plan, Always look before you drop, Respect the features, and Take it easy. The resort’s professional snowboard instructors will provide tips and tricks for enjoying and staying safe in the two terrain parks.