Monarch Ski Resort is an affordable local favorite with abundant all natural snowfall, gorgeous mountain scenery and excellent terrain for beginners to experts.

Located 128 miles west of Colorado Springs, it is a smart, affordable alternative to the more well known I-70 resorts.

Off the slopes, explore nearby San Isabel National Forest by snowmobile with Monarch Snowmobile Tours.

Or by dog sled. Spend an unforgettable afternoon with the pups from Monarch Dog Sledding.

For a resort experience stay at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and Spa, an easy 40 minutes from Monarch Mountain.

The creek-side hot spring is our favorite.

Retire to a cabin with ample room for a family or share with friends.

Need a day off the snow? Visit nearby Salida, Colorado - the largest historic downtown in the state - kids of all ages will love the Fun Street Arcade.

On Saturday morning head to nearby Buena Vista for an applesauce donut from locally owned Loback’s Bakery – trust us, don’t miss this.