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Has the terrain under the Sandia Peak tram (Albuquerque, NM) ever been skied?

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I took the Sandia Peak tram last month while visiting my parents who just moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. There was snow, but not complete coverage, on the west-facing slope under the tram (the east slope has a ski area). The terrain is steep and rocky, but I was wondering whether it had ever been skied during years with better coverage. I asked the young woman running the tram but she basically scoffed at the idea that anybody could ever ski it. Some sections looked doable in theory by a very good skier. Here's one photo from the tram window:

 

Looking South from Sandia Peak tram, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

 

 

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I've been looking at those chutes for years, but I've never gotten around to skiing them though I think about it every time I drive into ABQ from the north during winter. There's been some discussion about it on a New Mexico backcountry site I maintain (www.nnmae.org), but no one's 'fessed up. It's on my list...someday. Wanna go with?
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Nice pic. Not familiar with the area, but I'd be surprised if no one ever tried it given how visible it is. Sure looks more gnarly than Sandia. Could you get to it from the top of the peak or would you have to hike from the bottom?

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It's visible, sort of, but not very accessible. The chutes are near the top of the crest, but not that near the ski area. Some trails go sort of near by, but it isn't an easy hike in...or out. And it's kind of a short shot, so it'd be a lot of work for a small number of turns, but the satisfaction=priceless. cool.gif
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