The right of the Y is a little bit more mellow, about 30-32 degrees throughout the top section. It is often very windy up at the very top, so you will want to keep a lookout for large windslabs. The left of the Y is closer to 35 at some points. You can also ski the trees in between the two chutes, which holds the snow a little bit better, but it can be steeper. Once you are in the chute, it is wide enough to make turns down (about 30 ft) but you want to be prepared to get a lot of varying snow. The whole slide path is a terrain trap, and you can see visible signs of flagging and avy activity. The trees on the sides of the gully are pretty tight. When you get to the bottom, head to the right, and you will cross under the K and into a big meadow, and then you can head to the road.[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.