Monarch’s Kayaks on Snow, Gunbarrel Challenge coming in April – by Hannah Harn

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he ski season may be coming to an end, but Monarch knows how to end one season and start another in style. It will host its iconic Kayaks on Snow and Gunbarrel Challenge this year as spring makes its first appearance.

Kayaks on snow – April 16

For those looking forward to hitting the rapids this summer, Kayaks on Snow offers a one-on-one race on a specially designed course with berms, banks and bumps, ending in an icy pond. Costumes are encouraged.

Upstream skiers Photo courtesy of Melissa McLean Jory in the Monarch Women’s Social Club

Upstream Skiers Photo courtesy of Melissa McLean Jory of the Monarch Women’s Social ClubAll competitors must sign a waiver and provide their own kayak, PFD (personal flotation device), helmet and carabiner. Competitors and kayaks will be pulled upstream by a caterpillar with tow cables attached to a carabiner.

The registration fee is $40 and registration day will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The race will start at 11:00 a.m. This event is for experienced kayakers only and competitors must be 18 years of age or older. .

Gunbarrel Challenge – April 17

To celebrate Monarch’s closing day, folks who can’t get enough of the tracks can sign up for the Gunbarrel Challenge. Skiers and snowboarders will run or climb to the top of Gunbarrel, then run on skis or snowboard to the bottom.

Registration will open on April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Guest Service Desk, and the challenge will start at 1 p.m.

You can find more information about Monarch’s upcoming events on their Facebook events page.

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