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Booked a trip to Taos back in October based on the El Nino predictions.  Had beeen there once before for one day in 1998 and have alsways wanted to go back.  Well, El Nino delivered early and then fizzled.  It hasn't snowed a significant amount here since shortly after New Year's here but that doesn't diminish what a great place Taos Ski Valley can be.

 

Had the great fortune of linking up with MDF and Bumpfreaq today and that was a great treat in itself.  Great guys and better to meet in person that online.

 

A friend and I had been skiing for 2 days and thought we had the place figured out.  Bumpfreaq pushed us into places that we never would have dared go on our own and we were rewarded with incredibly steep bump runs (duh!) and nobody else on 'em.

 

Being from the 802, I had to bring some exports with me:

 

 

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Booked a trip to Taos back in October based on the El Nino predictions.  Had beeen there once before for one day in 1998 and have alsways wanted to go back.  Well, El Nino delivered early and then fizzled.  It hasn't snowed a significant amount here since shortly after New Year's here but that doesn't diminish what a great place Taos Ski Valley can be.

 

Had the great fortune of linking up with MDF and Bumpfreaq today and that was a great treat in itself.  Great guys and better to meet in person that online.

 

A friend and I had been skiing for 2 days and thought we had the place figured out.  Bumpfreaq pushed us into places that we never would have dared go on our own and we were rewarded with incredibly steep bump runs (duh!) and nobody else on 'em.

 

 

 

Okay, so the story from my point of view:

 

I've been here since January and yesterday I get an email from this dude I don't know.... didn't even realize he was on epicski until we had skied a bunch of runs..... he says, 'my buddy and I have been at Taos a couple of days and thought you might show us some stuff here.'  Of course I was happy to oblige.  @mdf and I meet up with them in the morning and they proceed to kick my ass a couple of times over on Hunziker.... and this after they had professed to be too old to ski many bumps!  Fine, I say.  So I concoct a plan.... what's the longest, most unrelenting bump run I can think of?  So I ask them, "If you're about ready for lunch, how about we ski a little run down to the base, last one down buys the beer?"  

 

Longhorn, baby, oh yeah!

 

 

 

Well, I thought that was a fun story but the truth is I was thinking of showing them Werner's but missed the gate.

 

These are really good guys and super strong skiers that I hope to make turns with next week before we all skip town.

 

@bjohansson  Werner's on Monday?  We only have to ski half of Longhorn from the bottom of the chute =)

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You are too kind and definitely stretching the truth.  We were smoked after that run down Longhorn and you weren't even breathing hard.

 

We'll link up on Monday for sure.  Same time/place?

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You are too kind and definitely stretching the truth.  We were smoked after that run down Longhorn and you weren't even breathing hard.

 

We'll link up on Monday for sure.  Same time/place?

Well, I figured it was based on truth =)  

 

The facts pertinent to our relative heart rates are that it was day 35, all at altitude for me and day three at altitude for you guys.

 

Same time and place work for me.  See you tomorrow.

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Longhorn after the first section.
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Thanks for posting MDF.  Great to meet you after all these years.

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Longhorn after the first section.

Nice shot! Picture doesn't do justice for how steep that trail is.
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Nice shot! Picture doesn't do justice for how steep that trail is.


That's a fact.  The top section was as steep as anything I've skied outside of JHMR.  The section in the picture is just really, really steep.  And endless bumps...but we were with Bumpfreaq so that was to be expected.

 

Today's adventures were based on the weather not getting above freezing after a few days of freeze/thaw.  Lots of stuff was closed and we were limited to runs on the map. Interesting pick of the day was Jean's Glade late in the day.  Snow was variable from pretty hard to chalky to icy. Oh, and it's really, really steep also.

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That's a fact.  The top section was as steep as anything I've skied outside of JHMR.  The section in the picture is just really, really steep.  And endless bumps...but we were with Bumpfreaq so that was to be expected.

Today's adventures were based on the weather not getting above freezing after a few days of freeze/thaw.  Lots of stuff was closed and we were limited to runs on the map. Interesting pick of the day was Jean's Glade late in the day.  Snow was variable from pretty hard to chalky to icy. Oh, and it's really, really steep also.

Don't mean to hijack your trip report, but here are some pics of Jean's from 2 weeks ago. Steep and fun, and yes, variable!

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^^^^Nice pics.

 

I was hoping the lower front side bumps would be softer but figured Jean's would be worth a gamble as it's a fairly short shot.  I thought it was fun...and it didn't kill us so we're stronger for it, right?

 

Really fun day making the best of the conditions.  Got a couple of laps on fresh corduroy under 8, that was a blast!  The switchbacks on Lower Patton were indeed a hoot.

 

I'll mosdef look forward to skiing with y'all again =)

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I've got a bunch of photos, so I need to see if there are any more good ones.  If I find any, I'll post here if they are of you guys, in the pugski.com thread if it's the 1:30 posse, and somewhere if it is my morning class.

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Our last day today (Tuesday).  today's fun and interesting pick was Lorelei.  THe weather called for snow to start at around 10:00 but the sun blazed through until well after noon.  We hoped the snow would be soft....it wasn't.  A humbling experience to be sure but that which does not kill us makes us stronger, right?

 

It snowed fairly steadily for about an hour and our last run in Hunziker's rewarded us with soft new snow in the troughs.

 

The local forecasts say 7-10" tonight above 8,500 feet.  Which makes sense since we're leaving early tomorrow.

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Great skiing with you.  I look forward to the chance for a repeat.

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Our last day today (Tuesday).  today's fun and interesting pick was Lorelei.  THe weather called for snow to start at around 10:00 but the sun blazed through until well after noon.  We hoped the snow would be soft....it wasn't.  A humbling experience to be sure but that which does not kill us makes us stronger, right?

It snowed fairly steadily for about an hour and our last run in Hunziker's rewarded us with soft new snow in the troughs.

The local forecasts say 7-10" tonight above 8,500 feet.  Which makes sense since we're leaving early tomorrow.

If it makes you feel better, it will be 70 here tomorrow.
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