Snowpack news: Monarch Ski Area postpones opening

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):

“Due to the unfortunate weather patterns we’ve been receiving, Monarch Mountain has had to make the tough decision to delay opening day,” said Greg Ralph, Monarch marketing manager. “At this time, Monarch’s opening day will be announced as soon as we have sufficient conditions to do so.

From Out There Colorado (R. Scott Rappold):

The ski area, which relies on natural powder, has received little snowfall this fall, like most of the Colorado high country. It’s the second year in a row the area, popular among Colorado Springs skiers, wasn’t able to open by Thanksgiving as planned.

Elsewhere in Colorado, ski areas have been able to open a handful of runs on man-made snow. Open areas include Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Eldora, Winter Park, Wolf Creek and Vail.

Statewide snowpack is just 57 percent of average for mid-November, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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