Feb 10, 2014 8:41 PM by Joanna Wise

Monarch Mountain pounded with snow

MONARCH, Colo.- A lot of snow means a lot of skiers are wanting to take advantage of the slopes.

So many that Monarch Mountain says they had to turn some people away.

"Unfortunately, by about 10:30, we were out of parking," said Monarch Mountain Marketing Director Greg Ralph. "There were issues with snow slides on the highway. It was a bad situation."

Ralph says they didn't want cars waiting on the highway, so they gave complimentary tickets to those who were turned away.

Monarch Mountain has gotten 246 in. of snow for the season so far.

"These are basically pennies coming down, falling right now. They add up to dollars and drive the economy up here in the winter," said Ralph.

For seasoned skier Terry Hadley, the massive snowfall has been a welcomed sight.

"We couldn't resist. We have to come up and play hooky I guess you can call it. We should be working by we decided to come up and play in the snow," said Hadley.

Ralph says the local economy has been the best he's seen in years.

"I know our lodges in town have done better in terms of occupancy. Our restaurant business has been up," said Ralph.

Monarch Mountain is preparing for a busy President's Day weekend.

They're plowing out snow to make more parking spaces, and advising people to carpool.



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