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Taos Development Plan

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Has anyone taken a look at this? http://www.skitaos.org/content/master-development-plan

I was somewhat disappointed when I heard they were planning on putting in high-speed quads and such, but what Taos is planning on doing doesn't look too bad.  Besides taking out some of the older chairs and putting in high-speed quads, they are planning on putting in two new chairs.  One up to Kachina Peak and another one up West Basin Ridge.  I'm sure some people will be irritated at the lifts going up to their favorite hike-to runs, but I for one, am just to lazy to hike 90 minutes up Kachina Peak.  You have to hike up as much as you ski down.  And the West Basin chair is going in somewhere around Meatball (hard to tell from the map, and the Development Plan doesn't state exactly where) so all the short hikes on West Basin are going to remain hike-to.  Taos is also planning on thinning the trees between Longhorn and the Kachina area, much like they did with North American, as well as thinning some of the trees in the terrain accessed by the new West Basin lift.  All in all not bad if you're like me and are willing to put in a 15-20 minute hike but don't really care for an hour long trek.

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Hadn't seen this. Been a number of years since I've been down there. Thanks.

 

The issue at Taos will always be snow. It's so variable down there as it is in Durango and Telluride. I love the town and ski valley down there and it's still out of the way enough so that it will never be the next Vail or Breckenridge.

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BobbyChicken:  Just because something appears in the development plan doesn't mean that it is going to happen.  Those items have been in the "plans" for years.  When dealing with the National Forest Service, a ski area has to have plans in order to get approval in the event a particular project takes off. 

 

As far as the guy from Colorado, you love the area but haven't been here in years and you are an expert on snow conditions.  So, what have the snow conditions been like for the last 5 years?   You're an idiot.

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Originally Posted by MJB View Post

BobbyChicken:  Just because something appears in the development plan doesn't mean that it is going to happen.  Those items have been in the "plans" for years.  When dealing with the National Forest Service, a ski area has to have plans in order to get approval in the event a particular project takes off. 

 

As far as the guy from Colorado, you love the area but haven't been here in years and you are an expert on snow conditions.  So, what have the snow conditions been like for the last 5 years?   You're an idiot.


I'm not the alleged guy, but if I had to guess, it was great in the Winter of 04/05, poor in 05/06, 06/07, 07/08, ok in 08/09, awesome in 09/10, and probably poor-average this year so far.  I'm just guessing.

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I saw a topo map with all the proposed new lifts and runs at the Whistlestop cafe last weekend. The only chair that I would really dislike is the one to the top of the West Basin ridge. IMO this will create some dangerous situations in runs that can be sketchy at their entrance such as High Somewhere, Cuervo, or Sauza. Also, the area around Wonder Bowl and the Wild Wild West is my favorite because you can find leftover powder 3-4 days after the storms, not many people know the area or are willing to do the 30-minute hike-ski-sidestep trek over there.

 

Having said that, the other chairs and proposed runs look interesting. Glading the area between Longhorn and Kachina would result in some fun runs (they are calling them the "Minnesota Glades"), and the chair to the top of Kachina would give Taos something that it really misses: High Alpine bowl-like skiing. For how long that chair would be able to run would be another question. With increased skier traffic down the Kachina Peak the conditions would deteriorate fast.

 

EDIT: Didn't see the link on the OP before replying. That's the map that I saw printed at the cafe last weekend.

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Building the lift to Kachina would be a sad day for me. I love the mystery and the incentive that having only hike to terrain creates. The skiing at Kachina isn't so amazing but the hike and the endorphins that it generates is fantastic and worth getting to the peak. Also, the big horn sheep grazing sleepily is just dreamy and I am not so sure that they would be there with a lot of people skiing off a lift even if the lift is low volume. I am hoping that this takes a long long time or never.
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I worry about the big horn sheep grazing at the peak and the crowds on the ridge.  Some people should not be skiing on some of those chutes.

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I'd say snow conditions in Taos over the last few years have been junk or at best been ok.

Seems I hit a nerve. Wonder if your hostile post means I'm right on.

Dork.
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Last year was the best snow year in N Mexico in living memory.

This year not so much.

My long term average in NM is about 1 in 3 years are really decent.

But, ahhhh! the Sun, when it is great.

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Originally Posted by tdog View Post

I'd say snow conditions in Taos over the last few years have been junk or at best been ok.

Seems I hit a nerve. Wonder if your hostile post means I'm right on.

Dork.


You clearly don't know what you are talking about, the past three years have been very good at Taos. Considering, of course, that around here 300'' in a year makes it a good season. This is not Alta or Wolfcreek.

 

This season sucks so far, though.

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