Monarch Pass Backcountry Skiing

Monarch Pass backcountry

Monarch Pass lies between Gunnison and Salida and is the path of least resistance from Southwest Colorado to the Denver Metro Area. Topping out at 11,312ft, Monarch Pass offers an array of backcountry skiing in the right from the road accessable by both skins or boot pack. Monarch Pass is in southern part of the Sawatch Mountains and receives over 350 inches of snow in the winter months and can often be closed for heavy snow or snow removal. While the conditions may be less than ideal for winter driving, they are perfect for backcountry skiing and riding with open bowls and perfectly-spaced trees surrounding the Pass. The combination of high altitude and our location in the path of multiple storm tracks virtually guarantees that we’ll find the goods here. Located approximately 3 hours from Denver, Monarch Pass is regarded as one of the most scenic passes in Colorado and is only 25 miles away from the ‘banana belt’ town of Salida where you may be able to pull a multi sport day if you bring your bike. There are many backcountry options from right off of the summit, to numerous other locations along the pass. Traveling with Crested Butte Mountain Guides offers you experience, knowledge and safety as all of our guides are AMGA trained/certified, have emergency medical training as well as thorough avalache training and ski mountaineering skills. Explore the backcountry of Monarch Pass with Crested Butte Mountain Guides.