Monarch Mountain to postpone season opening

Coronavirus

MONARCH MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Monarch Mountain is postponing their opening day this season.

Monarch was scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 20 however due to lack of snow they have to wait.

According to its website, the mountain currently has an 11-inch base. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dan Bender said they could open with about 18 or 20 inches.

“It’s really hard to compare anything, like I said I’ve been in this crazy industry for a number of years now. I’ve given up trying to guess what its going to do,” Bender said.

It’s important to note Monarch doesn’t make snow. They are one of three ski areas in Colorado that don’t make it, alongside Cooper and Silverton. So they rely 100 percent on Mother Nature. However, they say Nov. 20 is still a pretty early start time.

“Overall we think, No we don’t need to make snow. If you skied all-natural snow, versus man-made with natural snow on it, there is a big difference, that is something we want to hang our hat on as long as we can,” said Bender.

Monarch Mountain did say due to COVID-19, there will be some changes to operations that abide by the rules set forth by local and state health officials.

“These changes we have readily accepted, knowing that without them, we would not be able to provide for you an environment that is conducive to your well-being as well as the well-being of our staff. Should we need to adjust as the environment either worsens or improves, we will.”

According to the website.

“We’re doing everything we can to open, were not panicking at all,” said Bender.

 Colorado Ski Areas has laid out guidance for COVID-19 precautions.

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