SALIDA — Get ready skiers and snowboarders! Monarch Mountain announced it is opening for the season Friday and it's all thanks to the most recent snowfall.
Monarch Mountain is one of the few ski areas without snow-making operations, according to officials.
“We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! I’m overwhelmed by the support we’ve seen from our passholders and guests, so we could not be more excited to get the mountain open for them,” Allie Stevens, marketing manager for Monarch Mountain, said in a release.
Guests will be required to buy lift tickets for Saturdays, Sundays, and certain holiday weeks by 11 p.m. the night before they are skiing. There will be a limited number of lift tickets, but Monarch passholders will not be required to have a reservation.
Skiers and snowboarders will have access to Flyby Burritos, a food trailer the ski area is provided so guests can get food and a drink "without stepping a foot inside the lodge." Due to the pandemic, the lodge is restricted to 50% capacity.
People will be required to wear face coverings in the lodge, lift lines, ticket lines, lifts, and anywhere they cannot keep six feet of distance.
Lift operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the following lifts:
Monarch Mountain will have its Rental Shop, Sidewinder Saloon, Flyby Burritos, Gunbarrel, Java Stop, Ski and Ride School and Elation Sports open, but the Kaleidoscope Tubing Park remains closed.