Monarch Mountain

Snow Sports in Salida

Cut along the same lines as the Eldora and Ski Cooper ski resorts, Monarch is a great local mountain. Although the resort, with 800 acres, is on the small side, you'll still find lots of varied terrain, great powder and reasonably affordable tickets. For a real treat, sign up for their backcountry snowcat skiing ($375). It's located just below Monarch Pass, on Hwy 50.