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Taos this weekend? Or back to Wolf Creek?

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I am going to be in Albuquerque next week, so I have a chance to ski somewhere this coming weekend (Jan 14-15).  On other trips I have gone to WC because they have the snow.  If Taos is skiable I'd rather go there.

The last time I was in Taos was about a dozen years ago.

 

I know Taos has way more snow than most places, but I am wondering if it really is enough.


Their web site shows about 1/2 of the double blacks off the ridge open and 41 inches of base.   Is that  enough base to cover (most of) the rocks?

(Wolfcreek shows 56 / 52 inches for summit / mid base depth.  That's only 25 percent more.... I guess I'm talking myself into Taos.)

 

Has anybody out there been to Taos recently?  What's the real situation?

post #2 of 17

Bring old skis for the ridge.  Put some nice gouges into mine going down Stauffy or Corner Chute.  Not sure which as I know I drilled a few rocks on both runs.  2 runs was enough as the hike was just not worth it for what is up there.

 

It is all variable conditions.  Needs more snow or if you are lucky to hit it first runs after a decent snow drop.  Enter trees at own risk, a bit thin.

 

 

post #3 of 17

Skied Taos yesterday.  Skied Taos today.  Will ski Taos tomorrow.  It seems your question is whether you want to ski packed powder at boring, flat Wolf Creek or if you should risk a few rocks to ski one of the best ski mountains in NA.  I don't understand why this is even a question. 

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Taos may not be great, but better than most places in the lower 48...

 

I skied Taos Sunday also. It was just fine. Not great, but fine. a 2" dusting over hard but not boilerplate.

 

Although some of the steep front side runs along with many of the ridge runs were closed, others were open and still reasonably well covered, especially where it is skied a lot and so packed down underneath. For example the trees off of Lorelei as opposed to the ridge.  Also heard that Rhoda's glade was covered and good. IThere is a chance for some snow on Wednesday.... (hope springs eternal.) But also a chance for some snow at WC on the weekend.

 

Can you wait and decide later? Not that much of a drive difference from ABQ...

 

 

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Taos may not be great, but better than most places in the lower 48...

 

I skied Taos Sunday also. It was just fine. Not great, but fine. a 2" dusting over hard but not boilerplate.

 

Although some of the steep front side runs along with many of the ridge runs were closed, others were open and still reasonably well covered, especially where it is skied a lot and so packed down underneath. For example the trees off of Lorelei as opposed to the ridge.  Also heard that Rhoda's glade was covered and good. IThere is a chance for some snow on Wednesday.... (hope springs eternal.) But also a chance for some snow at WC on the weekend.

 

Can you wait and decide later? Not that much of a drive difference from ABQ...

 

 



 

Taos is most definitely great...the snow conditions may not be but the mountain is one of the top 5 in the US when talking comparable snow...

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Taos may not be great, but better than most places in the lower 48...

 

I skied Taos Sunday also. It was just fine. Not great, but fine. a 2" dusting over hard but not boilerplate.

 

Although some of the steep front side runs along with many of the ridge runs were closed, others were open and still reasonably well covered, especially where it is skied a lot and so packed down underneath. For example the trees off of Lorelei as opposed to the ridge.  Also heard that Rhoda's glade was covered and good. IThere is a chance for some snow on Wednesday.... (hope springs eternal.) But also a chance for some snow at WC on the weekend.

 

Can you wait and decide later? Not that much of a drive difference from ABQ...

 

 

I suppose I can just get in the car and drive.  I doubt that I will be unable to find a motel room, even if it is MLK weekend.

 

I'm leaning to Taos, since I've been to WC quite a few times in recent years, including the beginning of December.  This is the first time Taos has been close enough in snow to make it a competitive choice (reasonable coverage at Taos, no powder at WC).

 

And it would be nice to cut an hour or two off the drive.


 

 

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Taos is most definitely great...the snow conditions may not be but the mountain is one of the top 5 in the US when talking comparable snow...



Busted for unclear languageredface.gif. Of course I meant the conditions  at Taos may not be great right now.... Thanks!

 

post #8 of 17
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I did go to Taos, and you are right, it is a great mountain.  I spent most of my time under chair 6.  Wanted to do the ridge, but didn't want to give up that much ski time (I am a slooow hiker at altitude).

 

Someone PM'ed me and asked about conditions.  Here is my reply in case others are wondering:

"I thought conditions were very good, but that always depends on your frame of reference.

I spent most of my time on blacks and double blacks, and they had a hardpacked but very edge-able surface. A few pitches were getting thin cover, but most were still ok.

The blue trails which are also major thoroughfares are getting a bit scrapted off. It is still a long ways from ice, but I come from the East where we have real ice.

So it really depends on your expectations and skill level. I thought it was great and wish I was back there now (have to work today).

Towards the end of the day yesterday the temps, wind, and clouds looked like a front came through. Rumors were it was going to snow a little, but I haven't checked. It definiitely rained on my drive back to Albuquerque."

 

Just looked -- they got 2 inches.  Not going to change the skied out bits on the steeps, but it will help the main blue runs.

 

Also, forgot to mention crowds:  not bad at all.  Never more than a minute or so to wait for lifts, slopes not crowded, except the final catwalk approaching the base.  I even found a place to sit in the cafeteria.

post #9 of 17

sounds like alot of fun...mdf you need to schedule another trip so you can head backto wolf creek....they just got 12 inches of fresh pow......I am already thinking on a another trip back out west....

post #10 of 17
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I took a group lesson on Sunday morning.  I was so impressed that I splurged and bought my first-ever private lesson Sunday afternoon.  I'll write up a description when I get a chance.

 

Hmmm... would that go in Resorts, Ski Instruction, or Reviews?

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I took a group lesson on Sunday morning.  I was so impressed that I splurged and bought my first-ever private lesson Sunday afternoon.  I'll write up a description when I get a chance.

 

Hmmm... would that go in Resorts, Ski Instruction, or Reviews?



 Try their ski-week next time you are there. Will guarantee to blow your socks off.

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 Try their ski-week next time you are there. Will guarantee to blow your socks off.

It does sound like a good product.  But I don't think I am ever going to be there a whole week at once.


 

 

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 Try their ski-week next time you are there. Will guarantee to blow your socks off.

It does sound like a good product.  But I don't think I am ever going to be there a whole week at once.


 

 



 

“Not everyone who comes to Taos takes our ski week. But for those who don’t the survival rate is low”

Ernie Blake, Founder 1957

 

On top of it, it's a lot of fun.  The experience really bonds you to the mountain.

post #14 of 17

Glad you found the condtions acceptable.  Reportedly, we got another 6 inches yesterday.  I've believed for a long time that TSV new snow reports are very conservative.  The amount of snow depends on location on the mountain and altitude.  It seems that the report comes from the area that gets the least amount of snow.  The comments about the ski weeks are correct.  A ski week is a great experience and will make you a better skier.  The forecast if for significant snow fall this weekend into Monday.  We're hoping it materializes.

post #15 of 17

mdf,

 

Thanks for the report. I've got a Taos trip booked in the second week of March. Staying at a house just off the comeback trail from the Kachina side.

 

First time @ Taos. Crossing my fingers the coverage will finally arrive by then.

 

Already have my Taos Card and plan to book a Ski Week. If it's half as great as everyone says it'll be worth every penny.

 

post #16 of 17

I'm skiing on Blizzard Magnum Viva 7.6  Should I bring them to Taos next week or rent the

Salomon X wings or focus  or the K2 Apache's Cottam ski shop is offering

post #17 of 17

What is your concern about your Blizzards? If it is ski damage, I don't think you should be worried about that.  I skied really good powder on Tuesday but yesterday the wind was high and it was blown off in lots of areas.  However, snow is in the forecast and it does seem that the weather pattern has changed or is changing. 

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