Kachina looks very fun, can't wait to check it out. Does it hold snow up there pretty well most of the winter?
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Taos, New Mexico - Page 6post #151 of 1599/17/14 at 11:21am
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Well it used to always have the best snow on the mountain.Obviously now it will be more tracked up, but it is very high, pretty steep, and north facing so ice/crust shouldn't be an issue unless it is really windy. So yes once it gets enough snow, it usually holds up great.post #153 of 1599/17/14 at 10:29pm
A patroller once told me he skis Kachina every year on his birthday in late April after the mountain has closed. He says its always been soft. This was in response to us asking him if it was worth the long hike since it hadn't snowed in a week or so. It was...post #154 of 1599/18/14 at 8:03am
^ truth. Kachina sees a lot of traffic after the mountain closes. Some of the best storms come in mid-late April. Obviously there is no avalanche control at that time so proper backcountry precautions should be taken. I'm not sure how the new ownership will respond to that sort of post season hiking this year though. In the past, everyone has always turned a blind eye.post #155 of 1599/18/14 at 8:19ampost #156 of 1599/18/14 at 8:32amQuote:
I've wondered about that, given that the official position there has always been "no skinning."Quote:
When I started skiing there in the early 90s, the patrol controlled access to the ridge pretty tightly and always made you have a partner and asked you where you were going. Then they decided/realized that more traffic made for better avy mitigation and snow preservation and they dropped the thing about the 'troller at the gate and just left a sign there.
Still, compacted snow (late season) overlain by fresh snow can present avy conditions. But the base should be much more compacted, you're right about that.post #157 of 15910/13/14 at 6:35pmpost #158 of 1591/12/15 at 7:55pmQuote:
The same people are in charge so I doubt the official policy has changed but the fact that hundreds of people hike to Kachina and other places post-season and no one has ever even been talked to about it I doubt this will change.
Even in the summer people mountain bike parts of the mountain that are considered absolutely off-limits and trespassing and you go right by the blue trucks and again no one says anything.
I think it is a liability thing then they actually care.
The argument for winter season no hiking/skinning/snowshoeing is they do not feel there is any safe place to do it. You would have to start on a cat-track anywhere on the lower mountain.
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