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Taos Weather in Mid February

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Hi Folks:

For my first trip west in several years, will be heading to Taos from February 10-17. I'm trying to figure what gear to pack, and am hoping someone can tell me what to expect weather/temperature wise? I'm normally an East Coaster, so I'm thinking I might not need to dress as heavily. Assumptions like this have proven disastrous in the past, so if anyone has any thoughts that would be very helpful.

Thanks
post #2 of 5
Hate to break it to you, but Taos is experiencing one of the worst snow years on record right now. Avoid New Mexico(some areas havn't even opened) and Southern Colorado. Central Colorado and everything north of it is rockin though. If you can reroute yout trip, do it - seriously.

- Paul
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Dress in layers. The sun is strong in Taos at midday, but it's cold in the morning and in the evening (sun drops behind the mountain at about 3p). A good shell and some fleece layers are all you need. No down parkas are necessary. Taos Should get a good dump by mid feb. most of the terrain will be open with powder.
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Originally Posted by skierpaul
Hate to break it to you, but Taos is experiencing one of the worst snow years on record right now. Avoid New Mexico(some areas havn't even opened) and Southern Colorado. Central Colorado and everything north of it is rockin though. If you can reroute yout trip, do it - seriously.

- Paul
http://www.skitaos.org/MOUNTAIN/snow_report.php

No kidding, it sounds like a sad state of affairs down there. If memory serves me, Taos doesn't usually have to rely on man-made snow much, do they?
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Wow, I am so sorry to report that it is true: Taos is having a very, very dry year. If you are looking for expert terrain or looking forward to hiking and skiing the ridge, you could be dissapointed. If you are looking for groomed runs, they have the mountain open top to bottom.

One never knows, a couple of dumps and things could change dramatically. If you have already booked transport and are stuck, it's a 2.5 hour or so drive to Monarch which has fabulous snow or Wolf Creek which has good snow. You could play it by ear.

As far as weather, we are also having a typically warm winter. The biggest danger is, in fact, severe sun burn. But also as was pointed out, we are in the high desert. Like all deserts, that means huge temperature changes with the rising and setting sun. (for instance tomorrow it's supposed to be 50s in Santa Fe in the day and teens at night.) So the ski gear doesn't have to be all that warm when the sun's out, but take warm clothes for going out at night. Pack an extra ski layer in case you are lucky and it dumps and is cold.
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