Monarch is open!

Local skiers and riders get the first chair of the year Friday at Monarch Mountain. From left are Salida High School students Ellis Haas, Jackson Karls, Agulin Brunel and Ethan NeJame Zeiset.

In exchange for nonperishable food items or cash donations, visitors to Monarch Mountain will get to ski or snowboard for free on Monday.

Anyone who takes a donation to the ski area will receive a complimentary lift ticket, valued at $94, for the day.

The nonperishable food collection will be shared between two organizations: Salida’s The Grainery and First Presbyterian Church food banks.

Cash contributions will be donated directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County.

“Last year, through the generosity of our skiing and snowboarding guests, Monarch collected close to 8,000 pounds of food for the local food banks and $2,251 in cash for the Boys and Girls Club,” Kathryn Wadsworth, Monarch event coordinator, said.

“We’re excited to offer a free day of skiing again this season and encourage everyone to be generous with their contributions toward a free lift ticket in support of our local organizations that are so important to our community.”

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