Monarch Mountain could not open on Tuesday due to huge snowfall totals. In the past 24 hours the resort has received over a foot and a half of snow causing CDOT to shut down Monarch Pass for avalanche control. Employees and guests of the resort do not have any way of getting to the resort until US 50 is opened again.
With 20 inches of snow in 24 hours, 28 inches in the past 48 hours, and high winds, it has caused the avalanche danger to be extremely high in the area. This is the second time in two weeks CDOT was forced to close Monarch Pass and US 50. Monarch Mountain does plan to open again on Wednesday, January 11th once CDOT has finished their avalanche control operations. The resort asks guests to stay tuned for the latest on opening back up on Wednesday. Click the link to learn more: http://www.skimonarch.com/
Not only did Monarch stop operations on Tuesday, but Crested Butte was forced to close early on Monday from too much snow! After receiving 47 inches of snow last week, and over 18 inches on Monday with accumulations of two inches an hour for most of the day, Crested Butte made the tough decision to shut down operations early. Ski Patrol was already closing a large amount of terrain due to high avalanche danger and made the final decision they needed to close for the safety of their employees and guests.
Luckily, Crested Butte was able to open again on Tuesday for a serious powder day. However, the resort was forced to limit open terrain due to the extreme avalanche danger caused by the huge amount of snowfall and high winds overnight. Crested Butte hopes to offer much more terrain on Wednesday to skiers and riders, than they were able to on Tuesday and we all know the conditions will be unreal. With more snow expected this week, this could be a trend for resorts across Colorado if the snowfall accumulation totals keep reaching double digit figures.
The good news is the conditions will be unbelievable once the resort can open all of their terrain, and we hope you can get out there! With the serious avalanche danger throughout the state, we highly recommend staying in resort boundaries until it calms down and using extremely safe techniques once entering any backcountry areas. The pow is amazing but not worth losing your life over. Be smart, be safe, and HAVE FUN!