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Ski with a Naturalist Tour at Monarch Mountain

February 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Alex Rudney at a 2016 GARNA program on the spruce beetle

Special guest Naturalist for this week: Alex Rudney, Silviculturist with the Pike/San Isabel NF. The forests at Monarch Mountain are changing. Why and what will the future forests look like? Alex Rudney is an expert in all things trees!

GARNA is again partnering with Monarch Mountain and the US Forest Service Salida Ranger District to offer locals and visitors a free on-hill ski naturalist tour. Participants will learn about the history of recreation on Monarch Pass, ski area-USFS partnership, Monarch’s green mission, and forest and wildlife ecology.

The 2017-8 naturalist is Alison Ramsey. Alison is currently the Program and Finance Director at GARNA and was executive director since 2008. She is excited to be out from behind a desk and sharing her knowledge of the winter flora and fauna and love of skiing!

The tour departs every Friday at 11:00 am. The group meets at the sign near Ski Patrol headquarters across from the Pioneer lift. Guests of all ages and abilities are welcome. The tour is free, follows all beginner runs and lasts for about an hour. Next time you’re enjoying skiing or boarding at Monarch Mountain, enhance your experience by attending a Ski with a Naturalist Tour.


February 9, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Monarch Mountain



Many GARNA programs require a liability release form be filled out each calendar year.

Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.