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Taos in Jan/Feb? - Page 12post #331 of 6391/17/15 at 7:49pm
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Trip report time. Skied Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th. The weather was absolutely perfect, albeit being a little warm, and there was a ton of soft snow in between all the rocks and stumps...
Pretty good representation of how the weather was both days. Taken on Friday from Lorelei, which was in really good shape.
I stumbled upon this "run" at the bottom of Walkyries Glade and was pretty confused. I've never seen it nor heard anyone talk about it, but if you look closely there's a smaller sign explaining that it was named after someone by the name of Panama who passed away in 2011. Sad, but it skied well.
Werner Right (I think? feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). I started on R&R but somehow wound up here at the top of this chute. The snow in R&R was amazing, but the snow on this one was definitely not. Talked to someone at the Pierre's/Longhorn intersection after I got down this and he said that Pierre's was in bad shape too. R&R and Longhorn are the runs to do in this area as of now.
I think we all know where this pic was taken. Two Bucks/Billy Sol might have had the best snow on the mountain from what I skied. It seems everyone always forgets about these runs on their way to Corner and Tresckow... But hey, fine with me
Twin Trees, which is one of my favorite runs at Taos. Snow was pretty variable but for the most part it skied well. That natural half-assed halfpipe at the bottom always confuses me.
North Face! First time giving this one a shot and ended up having to do it two more times. This also had some of the best snow I came across, surely due to a lot less traffic than its Tresckow ridge counterparts. Such a great run, perfect place to practice some technical skiing with all those rocks poking out.
View up West Basin. West Blitz Trees was the only hike-to run open on this side, and they had a gate open a little ways down that allowed you to cut in at the bottom of Spitfire and then to the bottom of Stauffenberg and even all the way over to the bottom of St. B's. The area furthest away from Lift 2 had some minimally-tracked powder that I luckily stumbled upon.
None of the actual runs on West Basin are open yet, but they are certainly taking shape. And they all had plenty of patrol tracks...
This is a small chute I found in the Two Bucks trees. The snow was fantastic here. It's a shame that this area gets relatively overlooked, it really is some fantastic tree skiing.
Overall an amazing trip. Taos is just one of those places where you really just need to know where to go to get good snow. Best runs of the weekend were West Blitz Trees, North Face, R&R, Two Bucks, Tresckow, Corner Trees, and Longhorn (the top half at least).post #333 of 6391/19/15 at 1:20pmpost #334 of 6391/19/15 at 5:29pm
Great Report! I still hope to come out in late Feb to ski kachina.
Did you ski "Ernies Run"- i have an old map from my last visit that do not have ER or North American on it - are these thick/thin/ glades or an cut trails?/post #335 of 6391/19/15 at 5:52pmQuote:
Ernie's and North American aren't open yet. Both runs are very long and steep tree runs in between Al's and Longhorn. I've never done Ernie's unfortunately but I've done North American and it was fantasticpost #336 of 6391/19/15 at 8:21pmpost #337 of 6391/20/15 at 12:44pm
NA was open a few years earlier than Ernie's. NA was pretty dense and gnarly the first couple of years. It has mellowed quite a bit with age.
Ernie's still have quite a few pig stickers hanging out about hip high. It will mellow with time.post #338 of 6391/20/15 at 2:11pmQuote:
I seem to recall being in Taos when they opened NA for the first time ever. I skied it, and it was pretty much terrifying. They hadn't even finished cutting.post #339 of 6391/20/15 at 5:23pm
Couple of seasons ago, I remember skiing thru the shrapnel in Ernie's following two lift op guys with baseball bats. It was not pretty. But it beats being the pig with the skewer hanging out the side.
Had a pig sticker skewed my pants during sweep early Feb 2013. Gets pretty dark in there at the end of the day. But that why we travel with duct tape.post #340 of 6391/21/15 at 10:59ampost #341 of 6391/21/15 at 1:05pmpost #342 of 6391/21/15 at 3:28pmpost #343 of 6391/27/15 at 12:41pmpost #344 of 6391/27/15 at 1:27pmpost #345 of 6391/27/15 at 6:25pmpost #346 of 6391/28/15 at 4:20pmpost #347 of 6391/31/15 at 8:53ampost #348 of 6391/31/15 at 5:28pmpost #349 of 6391/31/15 at 11:01pmQuote:How is this year for snowfall- normal so far a bit behind or ahead?
Definitely behind. As of Jan. 31 Durango is at 63% and Wolf Creek is at 83%.
Taos was 53% open at New Year's which is normal. It was still at 53% Jan. 15 vs. normal of 77%. As of Jan. 31 Taos is 73% open vs. normal of 82%. Base depth of 43 inches is surely below normal for end of January.
OnTheSnow shows 48 inches of Taos snowfall in December (about average) and 27 inches of Taos snowfall in January (below average).post #350 of 6392/1/15 at 11:06ampost #351 of 6392/3/15 at 9:35pmWeirdest news of the day goes to this: Kachina peak is opening tomorrow, but you have to hike. No lift.
Someone told me that they recall reading somewhere that Taos is missing a part to the lift. Any truth to this?
Anyways. If you're in Taos right now, get there early tomorrow.post #352 of 6392/5/15 at 5:01am
There really isn't enough snow up there for lift service yet. There are some beautiful tracks up there, though, from those who hiked up. I have not seen a chair move on that lift ... not an inch. The little Rueggli Lift is broken at the moment, so the mountain has inadvertently cultivated yet another generation of hikers.post #353 of 6392/5/15 at 5:06ampost #354 of 6392/5/15 at 1:31pmpost #355 of 6392/6/15 at 1:02pmQuote:There really isn't enough snow up there for lift service yet.
So perhaps my suggestion a month ago that destination visitors eager to ride the new Kachina lift should not be booking trips for December/January was not so unreasonable?
A reported 43-inch base is evidently not adequate to open the Kachina lift. It will be interesting to see what base depth is adequate.post #356 of 6392/6/15 at 1:09pmThat was great advice, as it usually is. Hell, I'm going there 18 days and I'm starting to wonder myself. Although that big ugly dome of high pressure has to break down eventually. There's a good chance we may get some shin deep dust on crust by then anyhow.post #357 of 6392/11/15 at 11:05pm
I'm headed for Taos the first week of March. Haven't skied there in 15 years, and then my skiing was very limited (knee injury).
My wife has never skied here. She's the type of skier that needs to be eased into things- we've gotta start with some approachable ungroomed stuff to build some confidence for her.
Any recommendations? Hunziker? Walkyries Bowl? Inferno? What intermediate runs are typically allowed to bump up?
I think her goal is to work her way up to Kachina, but it is tough to know whether that is realistic because her skill far exceeds her confidence.post #358 of 6392/12/15 at 7:02amHunziker would be perfect for this, it's wide open and not too incredibly steep. Walkyries Bowl is pretty steep at the beginning but it mellows out pretty quick. Inferno seems to always have pretty variable conditions which can make it somewhat tough for a black diamond. Although you're going in March so this may not be a problem.
Al's would be good. You could cut in after the top section from Porcupine at the Rhoda's entrance and skip the steep top part. It's pretty mellow the rest of the way and probably the best place to work on your bump skiing on the mountain.
Tell Glade would be also be perfect in this regard, although it has a tendency to ice up so stick to the edges.
Spencer's Bowl is another wide open mellow-ish bump run. You'll have some options after it and I would suggest straying away from Edelweiss until she's comfortable. IMO, it's the toughest/steepest run of the lower front steeps. After Jean's Glade of course.
As for intermediate bumps - at the end of Porcupine, on skiers right, theres a nice area of bumps by the Jean's Glade entrance. Bambi also has a similar section midway down next to the Loreli Trees' entrance on the skier's right. I think there's a blue run on the backside called Patton that doesn't get groomed. Other than that there's small areas all over the place that they allow bumps to form. I can think of two seperate sections on Whitefeather off the top of my head.
After you do a few of these runs and she's feeling comfortable, take her down Lorelei. If she does Lorelei easily, then she should probably be ready for Kachina (Main Street at least). You may give Longhorn a shot before going all the way up, but the top part of that run is fairly steep and the moguls tend to be quite big.post #359 of 6392/12/15 at 8:27ampost #360 of 6392/12/15 at 9:09amQuote:
Hey if your interested send me a PM. I might be up there that same week. I don't know the mountain too well as I normally head to wolf or santa fe but it would be cool to finally get some turns in with you.
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