SALIDA, Colo. — Monarch Mountain located near Salida will extend its ski season for an additional two weekends, due to what they called incredibly good snowfall so far this season.

Weekday operations will end April 7. After that, Monarch will be open for skiing, snowboarding, cat skiing and tubing with limited on-mountain services Friday through Sunday during the following two weekends. (April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21) There will be four lifts running, including Caterpillar, Garfield, Breezeway and Panorama lifts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Monarch is sitting on a 100-inch base and has received over 240 inches of snow so far and more snow is possible in the coming weeks.

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Closing weekend will still be celebrated with traditional events that includes Kayaks on Snow which will be moved to Saturday, April 20. The Gunbarrel Challenge and the parking lot cookoff will be moved to April 21.

Monarch Mountain also started its season early on Nov. 16. A spokesperson for Monarch Mountain said the last time they opened that early was the 1996/1997 season.

Visit Monarch on the web at www.skimonarch.com or call at 719-530-5000 for more information.

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