The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right. Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed. They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there. If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.[more]
Monarch is in the southern part of the state, close to Salida. There is some excellent terrain around there.
How to Get There
From Denver: Travel 285 South for 125 miles then go West on US HWY 50. Travel 13.5 miles to the top of Monarch Pass. From Colorado Springs:Take I-25N to US HWY 50. Travel 31.5 Miles to the top of Monarch Pass.