Mike's all wrong. There's nothing worth skiing up on Monarch Pass. It's all rumors and bullshit.
Yeah, I am full of shit if you've ever hung out with me at Benson's you would know that for sure. I didn't have another kick ass morning of powder skiing again today either. But I do try to trick people into coming to Salida to spend money...
Nate Ward and Nate Porter wrote a guide book called Skinny Skis and Snowshoes that details all of that sort of activity in our area. You can get it at Headwaters in Salida and Nate will sign it for you right there. Although I have to tell you that no one should willingly go snowshoeing unless their wives make them (mine has).