More, The Merrier At So. Colorado Resorts; Monarch Reduces Group Size to 10
Skiing and snowboarding have long been activities best experienced with friends and family, and southern Colorado resorts respond with healthy group discounts.
While the typical group size is 20, Monarch Mountain has recently cut that requirement in half. One of the resorts closest to the Plains states, Monarch Mountain traditionally attracts school and church groups every season. However, the nature of group trips has changed.
“The main reason for Monarch to change the group skiing paradigm is in response to the decline in the traditional 20 or more groups,” Monarch’s Greg Ralph told SnoCountry.com. “Due to IRS changes on tax exempt status, more churches are doing mission trips, and (there’s) a parent’s trepidation about putting their little one on a bus for a long drive.”
The more common group at Monarch is families or multiple families and friends, Ralph told us, which come in smaller groups.
Like Monarch, other southern Colorado resorts rely upon groups that either drive in from nearby states or fly in to regional airports. Here’s what a few of them have to offer:
Durango Mountain Resort. Groups of 20-plus get 25 percent off lodging rates, rentals and lessons, and more than 27 percent off tickets. Group leader gets a free ticket, and all paperwork is done before arrival.
Telluride Ski Resort. Perks for groups of 20 or more include a tour of the mountain, an on-mountain BBQ, racing on the NASTAR course and discounts at three après-ski locales.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The resort highlights seven of its lodging properties for group accommodations. Overnight stays can be had in the town of Crested Butte, within a shuttle ride to the slopes nearer the mountain, or in ski-in/ski-out condos on the hill.
Photo: Group of snowboarders at Crested Butte (Facebook)