Kachina lift opens at 10 tomorrow morning. :)
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Taos in Jan/Feb? - Page 13post #361 of 6392/12/15 at 3:55pm
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #362 of 6392/12/15 at 5:58pmYou should have her do the ski week. That way she gets skiing partners, terrain selection, and is learning. She's out for lunch and then you could ski together and you're not constantly jonesing for other stuff. Plus it's very common to do it at Taos and it was pretty inexpensive last year when researched for you know who.post #363 of 6392/12/15 at 5:59pmYep. And hiking will still be available. Very interesting. As forementioned in this thread, it'll be interesting to see if they allow lift-riders to ski down the boot pack to the K Chutes and Cabin/Lift Shack, and if so how they'll interfere with the people hiking up.post #364 of 6392/13/15 at 7:44amQuote:Originally Posted by Tog
You should have her do the ski week. That way she gets skiing partners, terrain selection, and is learning. She's out for lunch and then you could ski together and you're not constantly jonesing for other stuff. Plus it's very common to do it at Taos and it was pretty inexpensive last year when researched for you know who.
The ski week is a great format and a good deal. Every morning means you get enough instruction hours yet have a chance to ski with other people in the afternoon.
I haven't done one yet, but I plan to one of these years. I did take one morning group lesson that I extended into an afternoon private.
The lesson price scale at Taos does seem to be lower than at comparable mountains.post #365 of 6392/14/15 at 8:09ampost #366 of 6392/14/15 at 9:03amQuote:
I would hope that won't be allowed. That would be a serious S*&T show. With the lift going to the top, every Tom, Dick and Harry in pair of Carhartt's will be up there. Skiing down the boot pack is just asking for trouble. I'm glad we skied Taos last year and were blessed with a little fresh snow while we were there. It's a great place and I really hope they can make a go of it. I understand they have to make money to stay in business.post #367 of 6392/14/15 at 7:49pmpost #368 of 6392/14/15 at 11:39pmpost #369 of 6392/15/15 at 6:02ampost #370 of 6392/15/15 at 9:13ampost #371 of 6392/15/15 at 9:32ampost #372 of 6392/15/15 at 11:31ampost #373 of 6392/15/15 at 1:51pmpost #374 of 6392/15/15 at 2:41pmQuote:
Are there any places that have not been exposed to a thaw/refreeze and stayed dry Packed powder?
If things don't improve significantly, and temps now drop into next week, should I pack the GS skis and be prepared to ski what few groomers I can find?
Damn. At least the food is good in town.post #375 of 6392/15/15 at 3:27pmDon't lose hope yet. It seems the pattern may be shifting a bit as we speak. There's a storm hitting tomorrow and some are predicting significant totals for TSV. Then another one should hit this next weekend that's also predicted to be significant.
We're starting to get to the time of the year when Taos gets pretty big storms... It may not happen this year but I think it's still early enough to have hope.post #376 of 6392/15/15 at 5:17pmpost #377 of 6392/16/15 at 6:12am
I do a lot of instruction at the beginner and remedial bump level and have several thoughts. I aim at short stretches of bumps ... under 100 turns. Then I balance things out with groomed sections. I find that long bump runs tend to get a skier too "scrunched up" in survival mode. My strategy rules out Hunziker or anything Al's to Spencer's to Inferno. it's just too heavy a commitment.
The snow this year combined with the snowgun art has made a few new places come to the fore. The natural snow has been wet and dense. That makes certain little places more attractive, in particular: a zone roughly 50 to 100 yards on either side of the lift line under 8. While purists will maintain that this stretch is not steep enough, I find that the short steep shots followed by platforms really works well for my aspiring bump groups. You do have the "whole world's watching" syndrome there, but it is easy to pull off into Firlefanz (which has been kept bumpy this year) or to pull off into Poco Gusto, a steeper but short bump shot.
The use of more snowguns on Porcupine has significantly changed that area. Bumps on the skier's right have become much better there this year than in previous years.
We're about to get some significant snow today. It will begin falling as wet glop this morning ... instant base. Conditions are surprisingly good considering the overall snow depth on the hill.post #378 of 6392/16/15 at 10:24pmpost #379 of 6392/17/15 at 6:03ampost #380 of 6392/18/15 at 7:56ampost #381 of 6392/21/15 at 12:04pmpost #382 of 6392/21/15 at 12:47pmQuote:
Well' we're flying in there on Monday and we're bringing it with us!! Only 2 days in Taos however before we head up to Durango Wednesday evening. I'm hoping the drive isn't going to be too brutal. I have no idea what those roads are like if they end up with a few inches of snow. I have a feeling we bit off more than we can chew because part 2 of the plan is to make it to Durango, get a good night's sleep (or at least a half-night), then drive up to Silverton where we're reserved for what's looking like a potentially epic powder-Thursday. Of course, I'm concerned we might not make it there either over Molas pass, in time, if at all on Thursday.
So, that's how it goes when you plan these things from your couch on Long Island, NY, having never been there. On the other hand, this could be the first time in many years that I've planned a trip well in advance where we actually picked the right week! It's looking very good since we have Wolf Creek on our agenda for Saturday, then finish it off with San Juan Untracked cat skiing. The wildcard day is Friday - what the hell, we might even just ski DMR since it looks like they might even pick up a foot or so!
I'm jacked up man!!!!!!!!!!!!! : :post #383 of 6392/21/15 at 1:08pm
You hit it about as good as possible. Don't worry about your travel plan. I've made that trip many times in bad weather and it is usually no problem.
Have fun.post #384 of 6392/21/15 at 1:20pmThanks, Snowfan!! It helps a lot to know that and get it off my mind. I'm going super light on the "optional" extra clothing I usually pack and heavy on the gear. i.e. 2 backpacks, (one with an Avalung), avy gear, lots of camera gear, the new helmet cam, yadayada.... I'll probably smell like a wet goat at the bar on day 6, but this will be well documented if I survive.post #385 of 6392/21/15 at 1:30pmpost #386 of 6392/21/15 at 1:38pmBTW - would you care to venture a guesstimate for travel time from TSV to Durango for me? I'm figuring ~5 1/2 hours for 250 miles, assuming I have to take I-285 down to I-84, unless I-64 (210 mi.) is open, passable, and worthwhile (although I can't image that route would save me much time).post #387 of 6392/21/15 at 1:39pmpost #388 of 6392/21/15 at 3:10pmQuote:Originally Posted by carvemeister
BTW - would you care to venture a guesstimate for travel time from TSV to Durango for me? I'm figuring ~5 1/2 hours for 250 miles, assuming I have to take I-285 down to I-84, unless I-64 (210 mi.) is open, passable, and worthwhile (although I can't image that route would save me much time).
That's a safe, conservative estimate. US 64 is usually open FWIW. BTW, those are all state/US routes, not interstates, but you probably knew that.post #389 of 6392/21/15 at 3:43pm
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