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Taos Closes With Best Year In Past Ten

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Thread Starter 
Taos Ski Valley closed 4/10 with its best year in along time. Finishing with a 115" base up top and 90"+ at mid, it was a memorable season. When Taos gets snow like this it is truly one of the half dozen most challenging ski areas in the country. I ran in to more than a few skiers from Tahoe and CO who had never been to Taos before and were blown away by the terrain and cool vibe.
post #2 of 9
Cool, I hope to make it out there someday.

Craig
post #3 of 9
Pablo:
Sounds great; glad you guys had a great year. Never been there, but Taos is always been high on the list of us easterners for challenge and excitement. Like Skier219, I hope to make a few turns out there before the ski patrol takes me down the mountain in the final sled.

Hope you have as good next year.

JoeB
post #4 of 9
Taos rocks! It's been a number of years since my sole trip there (kinda difficult to justify now that I live in Colorado!), but the people, terrain, and environment were outstanding. Highly recommended!
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whtmt

Two weeks ago a group of us from Loon Mt, NH spent a week skiing Taos. It was amazing. Some of the best snow we had ever skied. Bumps everywhere. The steeps off the West Basin Ridge were just awesome. We skied Stauffenberg, St. Bernard, and many other chutes on the ridge. We also had a blue sky day to ski off Kachina Peak. The peak is a hike to 12,412 ft from the top of Lift #2 and the area had just received 40 inches the week before.

For those of us from back east the altitude was harsh on day two (the day of our hike). By day four we were able to stay at it all day. The locals were also super nice and accomodating. We skied together with some of them for a day and they showed us some nice chutes. The trees and steeps were pristine. This is a real skiers mountain. Only hard core folks were there. No glitz or night life. Just lots and lots of turns. Great snow and nice people.

A friendly mountain. And some good local food at Tim's Cantina, named after a local back country skier,Tim Harter, who was lost in an avalanche some years back. It can be found in the base area. If you get a chance, be sure to give it try.

Be sure that everyone in your group is a level 8 skier or better to really enjoy what Taos offers. This isn't a mountain for intermediates. Long relentless steep bump runs will test your mettle. Have fun and maybe like me, you'll come away with "Taos Humm". I can't wait to go back!!!!!

whtmt & Mackenzie 911
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Thread Starter 
Watch for the El Nino forecast that comes out in Oct/Nov 2005, if El Nino is happening like the moderate one we had this year, Taos should be rockin' by late January through March 2006.
post #7 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by whtmt
Two weeks ago a group of us from Loon Mt, NH spent a week skiing Taos. It was amazing. Some of the best snow we had ever skied. Bumps everywhere. The steeps off the West Basin Ridge were just awesome. We skied Stauffenberg, St. Bernard, and many other chutes on the ridge. We also had a blue sky day to ski off Kachina Peak. The peak is a hike to 12,412 ft from the top of Lift #2 and the area had just received 40 inches the week before.

Be sure that everyone in your group is a level 8 skier or better to really enjoy what Taos offers. This isn't a mountain for intermediates. Long relentless steep bump runs will test your mettle. Have fun and maybe like me, you'll come away with "Taos Humm". I can't wait to go back!!!!!

whtmt & Mackenzie 911
No 1, you must be one helluva skier doing those runs. Mere mortals only look at these as they ski easier terrain at Taos.!!! Do you instruct???

2nd, Did you take Al's run going home off the mountain? That bump run last forever it seems. You're 100% correct. It is a skiers mountain and if you ski this place well, you can ski anywhere you want with no problems. Glad to hear you had a great trip. Did you make it to the pueblo of Taos?
post #8 of 9

amen

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Originally Posted by pablo5z
Taos Ski Valley closed 4/10 with its best year in along time. Finishing with a 115" base up top and 90"+ at mid, it was a memorable season. When Taos gets snow like this it is truly one of the half dozen most challenging ski areas in the country. I ran in to more than a few skiers from Tahoe and CO who had never been to Taos before and were blown away by the terrain and cool vibe.
---definitly. My ski buddy & I hit taos april 14 on what was supposed to be our first, single day, stop on a week long tour of it and 4 southern colorado mountains. 14 inches on our first day, and we never made it to any other mountains. taos has some of the best in-bounds steeps & chutes that i have ever skied, the west basin & the outcropp on highline with the three trees chute (or something like that) were incredible. kachina was closed the first day, and got a little slabby by the time they opened it the next day, but after sneaking over and dropping into the untracked above the hunziger bowl, worth every inch of the long hike up. maybee it's because i've been skiing there since i was about 4, but i would trade vail for taos any day.

and oh yea------------NO SNOWBOARDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #9 of 9
photo by jamesdeluxe, early December 2002

ROAD TO TAOS




TAOS seems like a nice place for a Gathering.
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