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Skiers and Boarders rejoice — Opening day for this season of skiing at Monarch Mountain is set for this Wednesday, December 6 after reporting nearly two feet of snow this weekend.

There will be no uphill access until 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday as staff prepares the mountain. Opening day lift operating hours will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Rental Shop, Sidewinder Saloon, Java Stop, Ski and Ride School, and Elation Sports will all be open as well. Kaleidoscope Tubing Park will be closed.

Monarch does not make any snow and relies on natural precipitation to open its 800 acres of terrain. Their base elevation is 10,790 feet, and they see an abundance of all-natural snow throughout the ski season.

Monarch will announce the amount of terrain and number of lifts open this week as soon as they can.

Visitors may notice new developments made at the ski area, including restrooms in the Paradise parking lot, gladed terrain in the Mirkwood zone, improvements to the base area, and the acquisition and remodel of the Monarch at the Crest property. The visitor center and sports shop will be open on the weekends and during peak times with shuttles running throughout the season.

Monarch’s snow report has the base at twenty-nine inches with a season total of fifty-six inches.

Monarch’s snow report as of December 4, 2023. Snow reports are available at SkiMonarch.com.

Avid skiers interested in receiving powder alerts by email can sign up on Monarch’s website.

Below is a breakdown of the pricing for season passes as listed on Monarch Mountain’s website:

23/24 Monarch Mountain Partner resorts courtesy of SkiMonarch.com.

Senior (age 62 to 68) – $509.

Adult (age 18 to 61) – $629.

Teen (age 13 to 17) – $479.

Junior (age 7 to 12) – $359

The price is based on the skier’s age as of November 25, 2023.

Season passes to Monarch Mountain can be purchased online here. According to the website, “All season pass benefits are for the passholder only and are not transferable: allowing others to use your pass will result in loss of pass. Benefit discounts cannot be combined with other discounts. Benefits are subject to change.”

Lift tickets can be purchased at the ticket window on the day-of. Prices vary depending on the date. Day-of tickets can also be purchased online here. Monarch recommends purchasing tickets early to get the best price. They also recommend taking screenshots or printing the QR code in the confirmation email for the ticket purchase since internet connectivity may not be available on the mountain.

Partner Pass, Military, Migration and Coupon lift tickets must be purchased at the ticket windows.

A new perk for season pass holders this year is a 10 percent discount on Cat skiing. This discount is not valid for child or junior passes and is blacked out in February.

Season passes also grant access to partner resorts. These resorts include Copper Mountain, Ski Cooper, Purgatory, and select others in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. A full list of partner resorts is available at SkiMonarch.com.

Monarch-only passes are available for children six and under and “Super-Seniors” sixty-nine and older for $25.

Wednesday is forecasted to be sunny with a high of 38 °F, so it is shaping up to be a beautiful day to get a first run at the 2023/2024 season’s powder.