An article appeared in the December 5th issue of the New York Times about our town of Salida. Here’s a link to it www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/greathomesanddestinations/05havens.html. The title of the article is The Outdoors Life, With No Attitude.
It mentions Monarch Mountain Ski Resort as one of the great things to do near Salida. People who come to Salida get infected with the friendliness here. So no worries about Salida turning into another Aspen.