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Monarch Mountain power outage keeps skiers from Colorado’s heaviest snow

R. Scott Rappold
The Gazette

Central Colorado’s Monarch Mountain had the heaviest snow in Colorado this weekend, powder measured in the feet, which drew skiers from around the state.

But Sunday, thousands left disappointed, as a power outage kept the lifts from running, on a day when the resort’s parking lot was full.

“It was really hard, not my best day at Monarch,” said marketing director Greg Ralph.

While many ski resorts got a few inches of snow Friday and Saturday, Monarch reported 23 inches Saturday morning, with many spots on the mountain much deeper. Ralph said at least 2,500 skiers showed up, and by 10:30 a.m. the parking lot was full and officials turned people away.

With snow continuing to fall – another 12 inches by Sunday morning – word spread among the skiing community, and throngs again packed the parking lot.

But the night before, a snowcat hit a transformer while grooming the mountain, cutting power. Ralph said the operator did not see the transformer in the heavy snow.

Get the full report on this story, including reaction from frustrated skiers, at The Gazette’s outdoor blog OutThereColorado.com.


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