or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Taos Ski Valley snow conditions?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Taos Ski Valley snow conditions?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I haven't been to Taos Ski Valley for a few weeks, can anyone tell me how the snow conditions are?

post #2 of 7
I'm wondering that myself. Specifically should I pack my ice skis? (Slaloms ). I'm getting on an airplane in the morning.
post #3 of 7

I didn't get out yesterday but Monday was mostly re-freeze, Tuesday the hill was a combo of fresh styrofoam and re-freeze and today.... well a miracle must have occurred as that refrozen treachery transformed into chalky goodness.

 

I did a few laps off of Kachina lift, a few groomer zoomers and a few of the front side steeps.  Not saying it's all soft and wonderful but the skiing was good.  Monday SLs would have been my choice if I had them with me.  Today I was very happy on The Ski, softish all mountain boards.

 

@mdf

@ulyssesshred 

post #4 of 7

Thanks.  I usually travel with one pair of skis.  I guess I'll put both pairs in the bag and see how horrible it is to carry.  See you in a couple days!

post #5 of 7

I skied Taos today.  Conditions are fine but just bring your slalom skis.  There is absolutely no need for powder skis at the moment.

post #6 of 7
I had the car packed with just the Coomba (all mountain, more or less). But this morning I got the bag out and added the slaloms. It's a double bag, might as well use it.
post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdf View Post

I had the car packed with just the Coomba (all mountain, more or less). But this morning I got the bag out and added the slaloms. It's a double bag, might as well use it.

 

So a follow-up.  I used the Coomba's most of the trip.   I never felt it was icy enough to need them.  (A few exposures were "Eastern firm" at the wrong times of day, but that was about it.)  The last day, I figured I ought to give the slaloms a chance anyway.

 

There were advantages and disadvantages.  Groomers were a lot more fun, and very short turns in the trees were easier.  On the other hand, the slaloms were a lot less forgiving of fore-aft errors.  I made two backward errors (the same one twice) and one foreward error.

 

When I got a bit back, the slalom tails grab hold and sending you in a straight line.  Fortunately I had room to recover.

 

One time on a bit of a ledge in steep trees, I wanted to come around very quickly.  So I dove down and aimed for my gap.  Unfortunately I buried one tip and heel ejected.  All ended well -- I was able to jerk the other ski forward and keep it under me.  I ended up with that ski wedged against the uphill side of a small tree right next to my foot.  The ski I lost was right next to my shoulder, so I picked it up and put it on.  Whew!  Disaster averted.

 

Also, there is no way I am going to hike with the slaloms.  They weigh twice what the Coomba's do.

 

In general, I still prefer the Coombas, but I see why some people use slaloms all the time.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Taos Ski Valley snow conditions?