Winter Adventure Day 2024

Hooray!  It’s time to make reservations for Winter Adventure Day, Sun., Feb. 25, 2024.  This wonderful day outdoor offers participants a chance to try all kinds of winter fun at one of the region’s popular resorts, Monarch Mountain.  From skiing and snowboarding to snowmobiling and snowshoeing, you’ll have a blast.  

Purchase tickets at Peterson’s ITT, Bldg. 640, starting Sat., Feb. 3, between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Any remaining tickets will be available during regular business hours until Fri., Feb. 9.  Availability is limited and all sales are final.

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Lift tickets for Winter Adventure Day will be on sale in person through Fri., Feb. 23. at ITT, Bldg. 640, 719-556-1760.  Get yours BEFORE you go to Monarch.

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Click here for the Winter Adventure Day Information Sheet – a PDF with everything you need to know.  Or Use the drop-down below to find specific information. 

Winter Adventure Day FAQ

Cancellation Policies

No cancellations will be allowed for Winter Adventure Day. As soon as you sign up, we start booking your activities.

Contact Info

Please call if you have any questions at 719-556-4867, [email protected]

Food

  • You are welcome to bring your own sack lunch, snacks, and beverages. It’s a great way to save a few dollars on the mountain. Enjoy a tailgate lunch or warm up inside the charter buses. Please, no glass containers on the buses.
  • If you bring your own lunch, we ask that you, please, do not eat your sack lunch inside the lodge unless you are purchasing a lunch from a Monarch food vendor.
  • Monarch has a great selection of food and drink options. Visit skimonarch.com/dining to see food vendors and their menus.

Lift Tickets

Lift tickets will be available for PICKUP ONLY starting at 8 a.m. at the Winter Adventure Day Hospitality Area, located on the first level of the Monarch Lodge near the lockers. Signs will be posted.  Purchase lift tickets BEFORE you go to Monarch.  Get ’em in person at ITT, Bldg. 640, 719-556-1760.

  • Monarch Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Packing List

  • Skis/snowboard
  • Ski boots/ snowboard boots
  • Poles
  • Goggles/ eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Buff or face mask for wind protection while skiing.
  • Ski jacket
  • Ski pants
  • Additional layers
  • Wool socks
  • Water
  • Sunscreen/ChapStick
  • Snacks for the drive/ entertainment for the drive
  • Small day pack to carry any must-have items you don’t want to wear
  • Lunch if you don’t plan on eating at the cafeteria/lodge (driver will set a time frame when the bus will be available to grab items)
  • Lockers are available at Monarch

Preparation

Proper ski clothing includes water-resistant pants and jackets, synthetic layers, waterproof gloves, and wool socks. We recommend purchasing goggles and a buff to keep the wind off your face and out of your eyes. We do not recommend wearing any clothing that retains water, i.e. cotton or jean material. Jackets and pants can be rented from Peterson Outdoor Recreation on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Ski & Snowboard Lessons

  • Location: Monarch Mountain, 23715 W. US Highway 50, Monarch, CO 81201
  • Check in: 8:30 a.m. (The lesson begins promptly at 9 a.m.) at the large tan yurt.
  • Must sign a waiver before participation:
    2023-24 MONARCH MOUNTAIN-EQUIPMENT RENTAL & LIABILITY RELEASE AGREEMENT
  • Monarch Mountain online waiver must be completed by COB Fri., Feb. 16 (see above link).
  • All Lesson participants must meet at the Winter Adventure Day (WAD) Hospitality Area to pick up their lift ticket before checking in for the lesson.
  • All participants 17 and younger must fill out a post-lesson release authorization tag to be attached to the child’s jacket. (Release tags will be provided at the Hospitality Tent.)
  • Eligible participants must be ages 7 and up.

Snowmobiling

  • Location: Monarch Snowmobile Tours, 22763 Highway 50, Garfield/Monarch, CO 81227
  • Morning session participants arrive @ 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. sled departure).
  • Afternoon Session participants arrive @ 12:15 p.m. (12:45 p.m. sled departure).
  • Snowmobiling participants who signed up for transportation should ensure they get on the correct bus in the morning (It will be an ODR white Ford Transit van.).
  • Transportation from the Monarch base area to afternoon snowmobiling will depart at 11:45 p.m. from the base area right below the Gunbarrel Ski Run.

FAQ for Snowmobiling

 Q: How old do you have to be to rent a snowmobile?
A: you must be 18 years old to rent the snowmobile.

Q: How old do you have to be to drive your own machine?
A: You must be at least 15 years old, and someone over 18 must rent the snowmobile.

Q: How old do passengers need to be?
A: passengers must be at least 5 years old

Q: What is included in the price?
A: The pricing on the guided trips includes the guide, snowmobile, fuel, fees, and helmets (open-faced).

Q: What should we bring?
A: Bring warm clothes, boots, or rent when you arrive, eye protection (goggles, sunglasses), scarf/face covering, sunscreen, water, and a camera.

Q: What time should we check in?
A: You must arrive at least half an hour before the scheduled departure time.

Q: Do you take a damage deposit?
A: NO. When going out with a guide, we do not take a damage deposit, but you are responsible for any damage you may cause to your snowmobile or someone else’s.

Q: Is there a weight limit on the machine?
A: The weight limit is 450 lbs.

Q: What is the average tip for the guide?
A: The average tip is 10% to 20% of the cost of your trip.

Q: What if it snows?
A: We still go. We ride in all weather conditions.

Q: Can we use our own helmets?
A: If you have a motorcycle DOT-approved helmet, you are welcome to use it. Ski helmets may not be used. Helmets are provided at no extra cost. They do not have face shields so you will need eye protection.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing will meet at the base of the Gunbarrel Ski Run at 12 p.m. All equipment will be provided on-site—snowshoeing route at Old Monarch Pass, 2.6 miles +380 feet of elevation gain.

Transportation

Morning Buses load: 5:30 a.m. (6 a.m. firm departure)

Meet at the RP Lee Youth Center BLDG 1555, 100 Selfridge St., Peterson SFB, CO 80916

  • There will be multiple buses; ensure you get on the correct one. ODR staff will be present to assist.
  • Restrooms will be open within the RP Lee Youth Center before departure. The bus will have restroom facilities; additional stops are not scheduled.
  • Food and beverages are allowed on the bus. Please, no glass containers.
  • It is recommended to bring a day pack for any “must-have” items throughout the day. The bus drivers should be at the buses, except when they take lunch, should you need to leave anything on them. Monarch has lockers available for rent inside their main lodge area.
  • Buses load: 3:30 p.m. (4 p.m. firm departure)

Tubing

  • Location: Monarch Mountain, 23715 W. US Highway 50, Monarch, CO 81201
  • Tubing Yurt located a short walk above the Rental & Lesson Center
  • Check in @ Yurt 15min before your scheduled time to watch the mandatory safety video
  • Must sign a waiver before participation:
    2023-24 MONARCH MOUNTAIN-EQUIPMENT RENTAL & LIABILITY RELEASE AGREEMENT
  • Monarch Mountain online waiver must be completed by COB 16 FEB
  • All tubing participants must check in at the WAD Hospitality area near the lockers on the first level of the Monarch Lodge.
  • No experience necessary
  • Riders must be at least 36″ tall and can ride alone in a tube.
  • Children aged 6 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult (in a separate tube).
  • Tubing sessions are one hour long.
  • What to wear: Be sure to wear warm clothing and a waterproof outer jacket, snow pants or weatherproof shell, warm footwear with good tread, waterproof gloves or mittens, a hat or helmet, eye protection, and sunscreen. You’re already good to go if you’re dressed for skiing or snowboarding!

Understand the Risk

Adventure sports include inherent risks to participants. Every effort is made to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, but the allure and excitement of adventure sports is due in part to the unpredictable nature of the activity. Various terrain, wildlife, weather, and other variables factor into this activity. Quality trips depend largely on the skill and personality of the guide. As a guest, you have certain responsibilities to uphold, and ultimately, it is up to you to decide what trip is best for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them with our staff before participating in any trip. No outfitter can guarantee your safety or that you will have an unintended accident. These accidents may result in a variety of injuries, including but not limited to abrasions, lacerations, and contusions. We are not responsible for personal injury and/or lost or damaged items. Minors under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian’s signature on their release form. It is important to the safety of all guests involved, to be honest regarding conditions that may impact your ability to perform strenuous physical activities. Guides reserve the right to refuse service if we feel your safety or the safety of others will be compromised.

***Details are subject to change***

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