Monday, January 6, 2014

Monarch Mountain makes the "Best Places in Colorado to teach a Kid to Ski"

Every media outlet from Forbes to FoxNews has released a "top 10 ski areas" list, and every list typically touts Vail's bowls, Aspen's steeps and other world-class mountains in Colorado. But what are the best ski areas for learning? That's a different list entirely. After all, double blacks and endless blues don't count for much when you can barely make it down a green. And five-star resorts with epic nightlife are hardly a draw for young families trying to carry three pairs of skis while wiping a nose.
With that in mind, we set out with a 4-year-old correspondent to find the best place to learn to ski based on four factors: cost, travel time ("Are we there yet?"), quality of bunny hill and fun. Our list is aimed toward kids, but our focus on ease and beginner terrain makes these spots ideal for beginners of any age.
1. Monarch Mountain
This little mountain is a perennial favorite of dedicated local skiers. It is close to Colorado Springs (about 2 hours, 20 minutes) and lacks the crowds of Summit County but has enough steep runs and snow to keep even seasoned powder hounds happy.
Monarch shines in almost every category. Pull into the parking lot - even on a busy day - and you park only steps from the slope. This is key when you likely will have to return to the car at least once for dry mittens, fruit snacks, etc.
Step up to the ticket window and the love continues. At most resorts, the cut-off age for free skiing is 4 or 5. At Monarch, it's 6. And even after that, kids under 12 are only $25. Compare that with $79 at Vail.
The standard adult ticket is $65, but you can get buy-one-get-one vouchers by filling your vehicle with gas at Front Range Shell stations.
Terrain at Monarch is a great match for first-time skiers. The bunny hill is broad, gentle and served by a covered conveyor belt, called a Magic Carpet, that protects kids from the wind. Skiers then can graduate to a pair of mellow green runs off the Tumbelina Lift that are never too crowded. Adults splitting kid duty can find plenty of thrilling terrain and still shoot back in a few minutes to meet at the base.
Many larger resorts have a kids' fun run through the trees with small bridges, tunnels and other fun obstacles. Monarch does not. This is a mark against it on the fun factor. On the other hand, Monarch has free stickers in the lodge, which go a surprisingly long way.

Read more at http://gazette.com/best-places-in-colorado-to-teach-a-kid-to-ski-our-top-5/article/1512111#PyyFxjmS9BYvoJ7O.99
Every media outlet from Forbes to FoxNews has released a "top 10 ski areas" list, and every list typically touts Vail's bowls, Aspen's steeps and other world-class mountains in Colorado. But what are the best ski areas for learning? That's a different list entirely. After all, double blacks and endless blues don't count for much when you can barely make it down a green. And five-star resorts with epic nightlife are hardly a draw for young families trying to carry three pairs of skis while wiping a nose.
With that in mind, we set out with a 4-year-old correspondent to find the best place to learn to ski based on four factors: cost, travel time ("Are we there yet?"), quality of bunny hill and fun. Our list is aimed toward kids, but our focus on ease and beginner terrain makes these spots ideal for beginners of any age.
1. Monarch Mountain
This little mountain is a perennial favorite of dedicated local skiers. It is close to Colorado Springs (about 2 hours, 20 minutes) and lacks the crowds of Summit County but has enough steep runs and snow to keep even seasoned powder hounds happy.
Monarch shines in almost every category. Pull into the parking lot - even on a busy day - and you park only steps from the slope. This is key when you likely will have to return to the car at least once for dry mittens, fruit snacks, etc.
Step up to the ticket window and the love continues. At most resorts, the cut-off age for free skiing is 4 or 5. At Monarch, it's 6. And even after that, kids under 12 are only $25. Compare that with $79 at Vail.
The standard adult ticket is $65, but you can get buy-one-get-one vouchers by filling your vehicle with gas at Front Range Shell stations.
Terrain at Monarch is a great match for first-time skiers. The bunny hill is broad, gentle and served by a covered conveyor belt, called a Magic Carpet, that protects kids from the wind. Skiers then can graduate to a pair of mellow green runs off the Tumbelina Lift that are never too crowded. Adults splitting kid duty can find plenty of thrilling terrain and still shoot back in a few minutes to meet at the base.
Many larger resorts have a kids' fun run through the trees with small bridges, tunnels and other fun obstacles. Monarch does not. This is a mark against it on the fun factor. On the other hand, Monarch has free stickers in the lodge, which go a surprisingly long way.

Read more at http://gazette.com/best-places-in-colorado-to-teach-a-kid-to-ski-our-top-5/article/1512111#PyyFxjmS9BYvoJ7O.99
Every media outlet from Forbes to FoxNews has released a "top 10 ski areas" list, and every list typically touts Vail's bowls, Aspen's steeps and other world-class mountains in Colorado. But what are the best ski areas for learning? That's a different list entirely. After all, double blacks and endless blues don't count for much when you can barely make it down a green. And five-star resorts with epic nightlife are hardly a draw for young families trying to carry three pairs of skis while wiping a nose.
With that in mind, we set out with a 4-year-old correspondent to find the best place to learn to ski based on four factors: cost, travel time ("Are we there yet?"), quality of bunny hill and fun. Our list is aimed toward kids, but our focus on ease and beginner terrain makes these spots ideal for beginners of any age.
1. Monarch Mountain
This little mountain is a perennial favorite of dedicated local skiers. It is close to Colorado Springs (about 2 hours, 20 minutes) and lacks the crowds of Summit County but has enough steep runs and snow to keep even seasoned powder hounds happy.
Monarch shines in almost every category. Pull into the parking lot - even on a busy day - and you park only steps from the slope. This is key when you likely will have to return to the car at least once for dry mittens, fruit snacks, etc.
Step up to the ticket window and the love continues. At most resorts, the cut-off age for free skiing is 4 or 5. At Monarch, it's 6. And even after that, kids under 12 are only $25. Compare that with $79 at Vail.
The standard adult ticket is $65, but you can get buy-one-get-one vouchers by filling your vehicle with gas at Front Range Shell stations.
Terrain at Monarch is a great match for first-time skiers. The bunny hill is broad, gentle and served by a covered conveyor belt, called a Magic Carpet, that protects kids from the wind. Skiers then can graduate to a pair of mellow green runs off the Tumbelina Lift that are never too crowded. Adults splitting kid duty can find plenty of thrilling terrain and still shoot back in a few minutes to meet at the base.
Many larger resorts have a kids' fun run through the trees with small bridges, tunnels and other fun obstacles. Monarch does not. This is a mark against it on the fun factor. On the other hand, Monarch has free stickers in the lodge, which go a surprisingly long way.

Read more at http://gazette.com/best-places-in-colorado-to-teach-a-kid-to-ski-our-top-5/article/1512111#PyyFxjmS9BYvoJ7O.99
The Gazette newspaper announced  Jan 6, 2014, Monarch Mountain as one of the best ski areas in Colorado for learning to ski! 
Make your next Colorado Ski Trip to Monarch Monarch.  Monarch Mountain is a perennial favorite of dedicated local skiers.   It is 2.5 hours from Colorado Springs and lacks the crowds of Summit Country, with enough steep runs and snow to keep even the seasoned powder hounds happy.  Monarch shines in almost every category.  Pull into the parking lot and you are steps from the slopes.  Monarch offers the best  rates: $65 adult age 16-6; $40 teen ages 13-15; $25 junior ages 7-12: age 6 and under ski free with a paying adult.
If you can stay the night,  Ski Town Condos guests can get Monarch discount lift tickets:  $56 adult age 16-6; $38 teen ages 13-15; $20 junior ages 7-12 

Families love staying at Ski Town Condos vacation rentals being just 3 miles from Monarch Mountain. Each condo offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and a hot tub in the gazebo to relax in at the end of a ski day.

Call today to make your reservation at 719-539-7928.
That's a different list entirely. After all, double blacks and endless blues don't count for much when you can barely make it down a green. And five-star resorts with epic nightlife are hardly a draw for young families trying to carry three pairs of skis while wiping a nose.
Read more at http://gazette.com/best-places-in-colorado-to-teach-a-kid-to-ski-our-top-5/article/1512111#PyyFxjmS9BYvoJ7O.99

Gigi Griefenberg, Owner Ski Town Condos Vacation Rentals, your Monarch and Salida Colorado Lodging Choice

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