EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Taos Ski Valley 2016-2017 Ski, Stoke, Weather
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Taos Ski Valley 2016-2017 Ski, Stoke, Weather - Page 8

post #211 of 254


​we eat at Orlando's 2 or 3 times when we visit, and breakfast at the Taos diner. lunch is usually a sandwich at the Bavarian out on the deck, and a big beer!! Aceq is great, and a stop at Abe's cantina is a must. Always have a couple apres beers at the Stray Dog before heading back to town.

post #212 of 254
Thanks for all the tips everyone! After a very long journey yesterday I'm here!...had my first lesson today with a very cool instructor , hank. I'm in a group of 6 adventurous intermediates.....
Last night I had dinner at stray dog cantina. Atmosphere and service was super nice. I think I ordered poorly though....just finished lunch at Rhoda's- great green chile stew. I think I'm going to taste test green child stew at as many restos this week. Seems like the New Mexican staple.

I'm staying down the road at Austing Haus for two nights, then down to town. Can't say I'd recommend that place as it's very old and not making brained, at least in my room - trussing tiles, crumbling wall, spider webs, etc...

I think I'll spen the rest of the day lapping chair 4 and forcing myself to practice bumps...

K
post #213 of 254

woo hoo, are you getting snow? I left Saturday the forecast was for some today into Mon/ Tues.. some freshies will really make it sweet.

Chair 4 was my favorite then 7. I spent most of my time lapping them 

lol.. I agree about green chile on everything!  At Pisano's we had a green chile pineapple pizza!! 1st for me but very good. they all make it really good.. have fun! I'm  looking forward to hearing more about your adventure.

post #214 of 254
It seems like these Southernly flow storms constantly underdeliver.
post #215 of 254

Hi all.  Just returned from TSV, following advice of some posters here; son and I hit all the greens and had a great time.  Going back next week, hoping some snow comes through.  Ready to move on to some blue runs: can anyone recommend a few blue trails to start with when moving from green to blue at TSV?  Thanks

post #216 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by ck675 View Post

The Sunspots are doubles and I think there's 5? But I remember riding the lift one day with an old-time instructor and upon asking about them, he was just shocked that they actually had signs up. 

So I understand if people don't want to talk about the location of secret stuff on this forum, but I don't think I know the Lorelei sunspots? I do know of an area close Lorelei with a bunch of little pitches with names such as "pot shot", "hale's Mary", "big dicks", "air America", and "ho chih minh". They are signed, and there might be more, but that is what I can think of off the top of my head. Are those the "sunspots"? If not, they should be added to the list since they do have signs...
post #217 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobbyJoe View Post
 

Hi all.  Just returned from TSV, following advice of some posters here; son and I hit all the greens and had a great time.  Going back next week, hoping some snow comes through.  Ready to move on to some blue runs: can anyone recommend a few blue trails to start with when moving from green to blue at TSV?  Thanks


​Hello, Bobby Joe.  I was in the same situation just last month.  Having skied the greens at TSV when I was still practically a novice, I wanted to try the blues now that I've improved.  Some helpful people here provided advice, which I found to be accurate.  Last month I skied about all of the blues at TSV.  In order of easiest to more difficult (my experience only): Bambi/Upper Powderhorn; Porcupine; Baby Bear (you can take a green run to it, or take Shalako, which isn't much more difficult); Lone Star; Upper Totemoff; Lower Stauffenberg; Firlefanz.  I didn't notice a significant difference in difficulty between most of them, except for the lower portion of Firlefanz, which I found challenging.

 

My brothers and I will be at TSV this Thursday through Saturday.  Maybe we can ski a couple of runs together.  If I feel I'm ready, I hope to ski a couple of black runs this time around.

Cheers

Eddie

post #218 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by kasuncion View Post

Thanks for all the tips everyone! After a very long journey yesterday I'm here!...had my first lesson today with a very cool instructor , hank. I'm in a group of 6 adventurous intermediates.....
Last night I had dinner at stray dog cantina. Atmosphere and service was super nice. I think I ordered poorly though....just finished lunch at Rhoda's- great green chile stew. I think I'm going to taste test green child stew at as many restos this week. Seems like the New Mexican staple.

I'm staying down the road at Austing Haus for two nights, then down to town. Can't say I'd recommend that place as it's very old and not making brained, at least in my room - trussing tiles, crumbling wall, spider webs, etc...

I think I'll spen the rest of the day lapping chair 4 and forcing myself to practice bumps...

K
So how did it go? Knowing what a quick learner you were at Aspen last year, I'm betting you are going to have to quit calling yourself an "intermediate" pretty soon. smile.gif
post #219 of 254

Does anyone have a recent report on snow and ski conditions at TSV?  I'm driving to Taos tomorrow, with plans to ski Monday, then again with my brothers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

Thanks!

Eddie

post #220 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by EddieS View Post

Does anyone have a recent report on snow and ski conditions at TSV?  I'm driving to Taos tomorrow, with plans to ski Monday, then again with my brothers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thanks!
Eddie
Was up there yesterday.
Icy. Sunny areas softened up nicely by midday. Hasn't snowed in weeks, but coverage is good. Supposed to snow tomorrow some, and maybe again midweek, so if that comes through it should improve things a lot. The groomers are in pretty good shape though, most of the worst ice is in the trees and the shady steeps.
post #221 of 254


​Thank you, Chris!  Fingers are crossed for fresh snow this week.

post #222 of 254
Sorry for lack of updates. Things were holding up OK but really deteriorated in the last week of warm weather. Kachina has gotten pretty hard and doesn't soften up a lot during the day. Lorelei was mashed potatoes after lunch, not bad. Same with Longhorn, except the very top, which was a bit scrapy but still chalky enough in most parts.

Al's looked like it had enough sun to be soft, but wasn't, really. Blitz was OK but the uppermost traverse is getting pretty gnarly.

There's still a lot of base most places but steep and sunny locations, some rocks are starting to poke through. We really need about a foot of fresh, preferably two, and some colder weather to preserve it.
post #223 of 254
Thanks for the good info on blues Eddy S. Let's hope some snow falls for soft turns. I'll be there with another novice on Fri and Sat. We may be a little too timid to hit a trail with you, but certainly would like to say hello.
post #224 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by clong83 View Post

So I understand if people don't want to talk about the location of secret stuff on this forum, but I don't think I know the Lorelei sunspots? I do know of an area close Lorelei with a bunch of little pitches with names such as "pot shot", "hale's Mary", "big dicks", "air America", and "ho chih minh". They are signed, and there might be more, but that is what I can think of off the top of my head. Are those the "sunspots"? If not, they should be added to the list since they do have signs...

I don't mind revealing this on here as I'm not sure they are ever open.

I spotted one when I was going down the edge of the Pierre's ridge line to the skier's right edge of R&R. I stopped at one point before dropping in to the left, and saw a sign to my right marked "Lorelei Sunspot 5". Sure enough, it was a nice little untracked pitch down the opposite side of R&R that fed into lower Lorelei.

Later on, I brought it up to a long time instructor I rode up with on the first lift one morning, and he was surprised they actually had signs up for them. According to him, their exposure is not 100% south, but it is about as close as you can get to to true southern exposure on that mountain.
post #225 of 254
Last snow forecast fizzled, looking like another chance this coming Sun-Tues.
post #226 of 254
Okay, directly from ski patrol re Sunspots:

"The sun faces are Avalanche paths that are rarely if ever opened since they face south east and burn out within days. Terrible skiing most days! Not worth our time getting a run roped that needs Avalanche control and will only be open a couple days a year!"
post #227 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdf View Post

So how did it go? Knowing what a quick learner you were at Aspen last year, I'm betting you are going to have to quit calling yourself an "intermediate" pretty soon. smile.gif

Hey there🤗
post #228 of 254

Easiest black runs are the groomed ones, which are pretty few in number. Topa Papa, Ruby's Gully, Bob's Run. Hunziker Bowl, though not groomed, is pretty manageable too.

post #229 of 254

TSV news:

 

·        The overall satisfaction ratings of our guests have increased over last season on multiple fronts.

 

·        This summer the Rueggli and Strawberry Hill lifts will be replaced.  A pulse gondola linking the base area with the Children’s Center and a fixed grip lift will replace them.  Strawberry Hill and the area around the Children’s Center will be re-contoured to create a better beginner experience.

 

·        The Children’s Center will undergo a massive remodel this summer.

 

·        During the summer of 2018 Chairs 1 and 5 will be removed and replaced with a high speed detachable quad.

 

·        The rumor that Taos is being gobbled up by Vail is not true.

 

·        To further differentiate ourselves from Vail, we are the first ski area in the world to become a Certified B Corporation - https://www.skitaos.com/bcorp/

post #230 of 254
Pretty much hard everywhere, a few softer spots near the trees on the ridges.

Lots of actual ice. Need snow and/or warmer temps. Badly.
post #231 of 254

Thanks MJB.  Any news on when/if the Minnesota Glade project might come to pass?  That was perhaps what I looked forward to the most out of all the long-term renovation plans announced a couple of years ago.

post #232 of 254
Forecast is showing cold temperatures and up to 19 inches over the next two days. Very much hoping it comes through.
post #233 of 254

post #234 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by clong83 View Post

Thanks MJB.  Any news on when/if the Minnesota Glade project might come to pass?  That was perhaps what I looked forward to the most out of all the long-term renovation plans announced a couple of years ago.

From what I've heard from a patrol, that probably won't ever happen. Tons of dead trees and the skiing probably wouldn't be that great. Nothing like Wild West, from how it sounded.

Thanks for the info, MJB!
post #235 of 254

Per the webcam, it is absolutely nuking at TSV right now.

post #236 of 254
6.8" so far and supposed to keep going all day.

Edit: TSV is saying 16", I was going off the sensor on the ridge.
post #237 of 254
Thread Starter 

post #238 of 254
Quote:
Originally Posted by brocktice View Post

6.8" so far and supposed to keep going all day.

Edit: TSV is saying 16", I was going off the sensor on the ridge.
The sensor says 6.8 but the base reading jumped from 70 inches to 90. The snotel site only says .1 inches of liquid. The wind must be making it difficult to measure.
post #239 of 254
No question, Taos is back. The snow on Kachina, especially in Hunziker Main and Dogleg, was excellent. Will have some videos later.

EDIT: Here's Hunziker Dogleg (from a less treacherous entrance):

Edited by brocktice - 3/4/17 at 7:39pm
post #240 of 254
Anyone been out to the mountain? I was away on spring break. Looks like it's been terribly warm.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Taos Ski Valley 2016-2017 Ski, Stoke, Weather