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While COVID-19 has closed many activities this year, Monarch Mountain has mounted a major effort to continue to offer outdoor recreation and has announced that the tubing hill at Monarch Mountain is now open.

No experience is necessary, and riders must be 36″ tall to ride alone. Children ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tubing sessions are an hour long. Walk-ins are welcome but are based on availability. It is recommended you make a reservation to guarantee a spot. The park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day from December 18 to January 3 and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday thereafter.

As the holidays quickly approach, Monarch Mountain tickets are quickly selling out from December 19 to the 26. If you plan on skiing during these days, it is recommended you book your reservations as soon as possible.

General Manager, Randy Stroud explained “For those of you planning on visiting during the week after Christmas Day I hope that you have purchased your tickets already.  These days have sold out quickly, but don’t fret.  The week before Christmas Day still has plenty of opportunity for online ticket purchases.  Of course, purchasing a season pass is still the best way to ensure that you and your family can ski anytime, even during the busy Christmas week.”

Monarch is still offering indoor dining under their current guidelines. They also purchased an additional food trailer that serves burgers, fries, pizza and more to eat outdoors or at your tailgate. Sidewinder Saloon also offers take-out on the top floor of the lodge.

Image Courtesy of Monarch Mountain

Unfortunately, Monarch is canceling their traditional fireworks display and torch light parade on New Year’s Eve. Stroud said they made the call due to problems surrounding social distancing and overcrowding inside the lodge for this long-time tradition.

Since the ski areas closes at 4:00 p.m. and the torch light show normally doesn’t begin until 6:00 p.m. they decided that is too long for people to wait in their vehicles or outdoors. Stroud said in relation to the fireworks “Let’s just do a spectacular one next season and leave this 2020 in the dust.”

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Featured image: Tubing joy. Image courtesy Monarch Mountain website