(photo courtesy of Monarch Mountain)
I didn't make it to Monarch on Thanksgiving (had trouble getting through to the ski/ride school Wednesday - I hope that's a good sign for them), but business editor Joanna Bean and her kids did. Here's her report:
We passed up turkey dinner on Thanksgiving to ski Monarch. Coverage was decent - there were plenty of green and blue runs for the kids to choose from, and patches of dirt were easy to spot and avoid. Frankly, I've skiied on worse conditions in January and February. And the price was right. Tickets were $27 - for an adult and two kids (thanks to early season rates and a Gems card).
The first day out always comes with its own, um, challenges. The binding on one of my daughter's skis wasn't right, so the guys in the rental shop fixed it. We forgot sunscreen and discovered that last year's mittens were a wee bit tight. Helmets, thankfully, still fit, at least until spring skiing.
Consider the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center after a day on the slopes. If you show them your ski ticket, it's a buck off admission to the pool.