Creekside Chalets

Six Pro Tips For Your Upcoming Monarch Mountain Vacation

1. Consider a Season Pass

Buying a season pass is the best way to enjoy this year’s ski season. When you purchase a pass, you’ll have full access to the lifts all season. No blackout dates and no reservations are required.. A season pass maximizes your time on Monarch Mountain and locks in your savings. Purchasing a season pass comes with a long list of additional benefits, so you get much more than just unlimited skiing!

Plus, every season pass holder receives a BONUS 10% OFF of their stay at Creekside Chalets! Simply mention #1PowderPlace when booking at Creekside Chalets No Blackout Dates!

2. Stay Up-to-Date With the Latest COVID News

To ensure the continued safety of guests, Monarch Mountain continues to have some COVID-19 precautions in place. They are always working hard to stay up to date on latest and best safety measures that they should implement.


The weather isn’t the only unpredictable thing. The latest news and regulations concerning the pandemic change on a weekly basis. Before your upcoming visit to Salida, CO, check for any last-minute updates that you and your family need to know. We recommend going straight to the source:

3. Ski During the Weekdays

Avoid weekends when possible. If given the choice, we strongly recommend skiing the weekdays. This is the season of the “Weekday Warrior.” We know that is not possible for everyone, but those who can and do will be helping those who cannot. Creekside Chalets is also offering a Weekday Getaway where you can SAVE $30 on a 3+ day stay Sunday – Thursday in any size chalet. Take advantage of this special and enjoy the open slopes

Typically some of the busiest days of the year include:

  • December 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022
  • Martin Luther King Day (January 17, 2022)
  • President’s Day (February 21, 2022)

New to the slopes? Have no fear! Monarch Mountain is one of the best places to ski and avoid the crowds.

4. Plan Ahead

One of the biggest changes for Monarch is that advance lift ticket purchase is required this season. Here are the guidelines for purchasing tickets online. 

  • Tickets must be purchased before midnight prior to your day of arrival.
  • Tickets can only be used on the date selected.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and not for re-sale.
  • Reservations must be cancelled 7 days or more prior to your scheduled arrival date to receive a refund.

You can buy tickets online at the Monarch Mountain reservations page, or by calling the reservations department at (719) 530-5196.

Save time and keep socially distant and remember that there will be no same day window sale tickets available this year.  

We also recommend you rent your gear in advance when making your reservations. It’ll keep you from wasting precious minutes in line, and also ensures you get the equipment you need. Shavano Ski Shop takes advance reservations on equipment and has been the best shop in town for 50 years!

5. Book a Place to Stay That Offers True Peace of Mind 

Paramount to having a great ski trip is finding the right place to stay. Look no further – Creekside Chalets is the top choice among vacation rentals in Salida, Colorado.. Nestled in a beautiful grove of Aspens with a picturesque stream running through the property, the atmosphere allows visitors to become immersed and rejuvenated by the dynamic mountain energy.

Our eco-friendly and pet-friendly property features 9 cabins with several that accommodate larger groups of up to 10 people, so finding and booking a cabin for various sized groups is easy. The luxe cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces, televisions, and free WiFi among many other amenities. Each cabin has a private hot tub, which is perfect for a relaxing “Apres Ski” after a long day on the slopes.

To protect you, your family, and our own community, we’ve implemented stringent, industry-leading cleaning and hygiene protocols. We even supply each guest with their disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting spray in each cabin. We are committed to keeping the chalets your “home away from home” to keep all our guests safe and comfortable. 

We also offer two comprehensive trip cancellation protection plans, so you can focus on planning your ski adventures instead of worrying about life’s “what-ifs.”

Speaking of planning your ski outings, our guests also love that their luxurious lodging at Creekside Chalets is only a 14-minute drive to Monarch Mountain. You get to spend more time on the slopes and less time traveling when you book accommodations close to Monarch Mountain.

6. Know Before You Hit the Slopes

Monarch Mountain is renowned for its deep, heavy snowfall (an average of more than 300 inches a season!) that creates world-famous ski and snowboard conditions. 

All our guests at Creekside Chalets will enjoy the short commute. In just ten minutes you can be back at your own private chalet to re-fuel before heading back out to finish the day. Before you leave, make sure you’re prepared by checking the daily conditions on the mountain.

And one last tip? Stock your car with blankets and snacks for a mobile picnic. Monarch has also announced a new food trailer, “Fly-by Burritos,” that will be available for outdoor food service. There are so many astounding vistas and places to stop both on your way to Monarch Mountain, and on the mountain itself. Many of our guests have found themselves on the side of the road simply enjoying the breathtaking views of the Rockies.


If You Are Ready to Book Your Monarch Mountain Vacation…

Escape the stresses of everyday life and experience rejuvenation and adventure at Creekside Chalet

Nestled just a few minutes from Monarch Mountain’s 800 ski-able acres, no other accommodation option in Salida, CO, provides our level of impeccable hospitality for the outdoor adventurer. We offer one, two- and three-bedroom options, plus an incredible 10% discount for all guests who hold a season pass at Monarch Mountain. 

Contact us today or call (719) 539-6953 to book your stay at Creekside Chalets!

Creekside Chalets

Ski & Stay Packages

As a proud preferred lodging partner of Monarch Mountain, Creekside Chalets and Cabins is happy to announce the arrival of our new Ski & Stay Packages!

So, what does this mean for you? It means that when you book one of our one-bedroom chalets from Sunday through Thursday for a minimum of two nights, you’ll be able to take advantage of discounted lift tickets and lodging! Winter vacations can be expensive – so let us help make it easier for you to enjoy a mountain adventure.

What will your savings look like? Well, our prices are based on double occupancy. But if two adults stay with us for two nights and want two adult one-day lift tickets, the price for the package is just $475, or $237 per person. If these two lovely individuals want two-day lift tickets instead, the price is just $599, or $299 per person.

What are you waiting for? Book your Salida ski vacation today!

Please reserve packages by calling 719-539-6953 or email for more information.


The Ski & Stay Package Summary

  • The Ski & Stay Package applies only to our private one-bedroom chalets
  • A 2-night minimum stay is required
  • The package is only available Sunday-Thursday nights
  • It’s priced per person and based on double occupancy
  • Lift tickets will be in the chalet upon check-in, so you have to stay before you can ski

Black Out Dates

  • November 27 – December 1, 2019
  • December 20, 2019 – January 2, 2020
  • January 17-20, 2020 (MLK Weekend)
  • February 14-17, 2020 (President’s Day Weekend)
  • March 6-29, 2020 (Spring Break)