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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. 


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

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