Blue (more difficult = intermediate) runs are the bread and butter of most skiers. This works out well, because Monarch has tons of long, smooth, well-groomed blue runs. Once you can ski blues comfortably, the whole mountain is open for your skiing pleasure.
A good place to start your day is to head up Tumbellina and take a hard left. This will drop you onto Freeway. This is a nice consistent blue that heads directly back down to the base area.
Once you have warmed up, time to hit the main event, Panorama Lift. The quick and easy way to get there is to ride Tumbellina, straight on to Rookie and head into the Panorama lift area. Ride the quick and scenic lift to the top.
From the top, to the left are a few short blue and black runs that take you back to Pano and the base area. What you really want is to take a right and head down the Great Divide run.
Follow this wide open and scenic run down and turn to the right onto Snowburn. This is another great blue run with friendly bumps down the middle. If you are feeling brave, look for Picante, a short steep black run to the left. It’s a good confidence builder.
Follow the fall line down to Panorama and hit it again.
Late day skiing is great on the Breeze Way Lift, lots of afternoon sun. Leaving right from the base area, Breezeway is directly in front of the lodge.
From the top of Breezeway, take a hard right U-turn and ski Little Mo, an uncrowded and rowdy blue. Or straight and a little right is the “Neversummer Terrain Park“.
The NeversummerTerrain Park (formerly Slo Mo) is a fabulous cruiser run, with lots of jumps, slides, hits and other freestyle features. Lots of opportunities for fun on an easy, non-intimidating run, except for all the snowboarders tearing it up. Stay to the side, and pay attention, and stop to enjoy the stylin’ skiers and snowboarders using the terrain park features.