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Skiers bundled up to ride the Pioneer chairlift in a snowstorm Sunday at Monarch Mountain. The ski area received 3 inches of snow Sunday into Monday, adding to its 39-inch base. The southwestern mountains of Colorado received the most snow from the winter storm, as Silverton recorded 18 inches and Wolf Creek 11 inches Sunday.

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Basking in the glory of a big snow year, Monarch Mountain will extend its season by two weekends, officials announced Tuesday. 

Four lifts will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12-14 and April 19-21. Adult tickets will go for $54, a news release said.

"After a few seasons of below-average snowfall, it is extremely rewarding to be able to share our love for the mountain with our guests," General Manager Randy Stroud said in the release. 

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Monarch reported a 100-inch base Tuesday with 240 inches total collected this season. Other ski areas have logged upwards of 300 inches, with Wolf Creek breaking 400 at the start of the week. 

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Seth is a features writer at The Gazette, covering the outdoors and the people and places that make Colorado colorful.

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