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Monarch Mountain Ski Resort has announced that it now plans to close the ski area for the season on Sunday, April 17. After receiving more than two feet of new snow in a storm on March 16, the resort announced that it was extending its season by at least a week.

That is — snow permitting. Our local mountain, famous for its independent spirit and all-natural snow, is dependent upon weather conditions, so flexibility is required. Just as it had to adjust its opening day due to snow, it adjusted the closing date forward, then slid it back a week. To see current conditions on the mountain follow this link to the base cam:

Monarch Mountain (Photo Courtesy of Powder Alliance)

“The weather doesn’t always cooperate with that ideal, but the recent snows have helped tremendously,” read the mountain’s latest press release. “It’s as if Mother Nature has given us a gift for all that our guests and staff have done to get through this unusual season.”

For those who love to ski at Monarch, including both locals and visitors, Monarch really is a place of “real people and real snow.”

“As always, we want to give our guests the most time on the snow that we can possibly give,” affirms Monarch. “The weather doesn’t always cooperate with that ideal, but the recent snows have helped tremendously.”

If a quick-moving storm drops several inches or perhaps another foot or so on the area overnight, it might help assure that the ski resort can easily reach that April 17 extended closing date. Perhaps it’s time for the snow-gods to do a snow dance?

For more information, including resort times, reservations, and route information, visit the resort’s website here

For more direct inquiries go to or call 719-530-5000.