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post #31 of 215
Hows the snow Simon?
post #32 of 215

6 below with fresh snow...wishing I were there.

post #33 of 215
Thread Starter 
Damn, that picture looks great! I'm in Durango this weekend, good snow here too
post #34 of 215
Figured it out...

...Simon...


and me...


Again, sorry about the camera mishandling. I'll learn how to make better video, and find a longer run to record it from.
post #35 of 215
be there in two days..
wish it were right now
post #36 of 215
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Originally Posted by Snowfan View Post
Figured it out...

...Simon...


and me...


Again, sorry about the camera mishandling. I'll learn how to make better video, and find a longer run to record it from.
curious were you using 2 hands to film?

also windows movie maker is super easy to use and you can just take out anything that sucks.
post #37 of 215
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
curious were you using 2 hands to film?
I think in Snowfan's video I started with one hand and then used both. You can tell the difference after the first 10 seconds or so.
post #38 of 215
I was using one hand to film. And I was breathing hard, moving around alot. The further I zoom, the more it moves. I have some stabilization settings and lighting/sports settings I will use next time.

The camera is new, just now learning how to use it. I signed up at Vimeo, which might play in higher quality than Youtube.

Also, I am making a monopod out of one of my poles.
post #39 of 215
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Originally Posted by Snowfan View Post
I was using one hand to film. And I was breathing hard, moving around alot. The further I zoom, the more it moves. I have some stabilization settings and lighting/sports settings I will use next time.

The camera is new, just now learning how to use it. I signed up at Vimeo, which might play in higher quality than Youtube.

Also, I am making a monopod out of one of my poles.
yeah one hands sucks use 2 all the time!!
post #40 of 215
Hey everyone-

this was back on 12/28, but here's a short clip of me on Juarez. Snow was very soft, but had seen lots of traffic already. I think they opened it the previous week.

First time to try to embed a youtube clip... hope it works...

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post #41 of 215
Here's a video from 12/28 my wife took of me going down Juarez. Snow was very soft, but well skied. Still had a good time and worth the hike. I believe it was opened around 12/23.
btw, was taken with a Canon Elph by my wife who was standing by the patrol shack, so its a good 500 yards away. quality isn't the best.

post #42 of 215
did you yell at the snowboarder to arc it or park it?
post #43 of 215
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
did you yell at the snowboarder to arc it or park it?
My thoughts exactly
post #44 of 215
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SantaFeHorn View Post
Here's a video from 12/28 my wife took of me going down Juarez. Snow was very soft, but well skied. Still had a good time and worth the hike. I believe it was opened around 12/23.
btw, was taken with a Canon Elph by my wife who was standing by the patrol shack, so its a good 500 yards away. quality isn't the best.

Nice run!
post #45 of 215
Is it worth it to do a... how long of a hike?... 30 minutes?... for a minute of good expert skiing?
post #46 of 215
thanks simon bda!

squeegee phenomenon in full effect by the boarder. I don't think that dude turned one time going down. I understand why Taos had to open it up due to financial reasons, but you can definitely see the impact in the snow and quality of the bumps in places like Al's. Used to have nice big rounded bumps with consistent fall lines, and now there's large troughs and chop from boarders sliding down the backsides.

skiking4- its an easy 15 minute hike to the top of highline ridge, but you could probably do it in 10 mins if you don't stop. I took a few pics on the way up. you pass a number of lines getting there, so there are options. also west blitz and west blitz trees are on the front side and are off to right when hiking up and you hit them at about 5-7 minutes. continue further on the west basin ridge (front side ridge), and you have numerous options in the cliff bands within 15 minutes.

In other words, 15 minutes of hiking at Taos gives you lots of great lines from bowls like in the video to narrow chutes. you can hit the top of kachina in 45 minutes to an hour or so if I recall correctly (haven't made it to the top of kachina in a number of years, has always been closed).
post #47 of 215
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Originally Posted by SantaFeHorn View Post
thanks simon bda!
skiking4- its an easy 15 minute hike to the top of highline ridge, but you could probably do it in 10 mins if you don't stop. I took a few pics on the way up. you pass a number of lines getting there, so there are options. also west blitz and west blitz trees are on the front side and are off to right when hiking up and you hit them at about 5-7 minutes. continue further on the west basin ridge (front side ridge), and you have numerous options in the cliff bands within 15 minutes.

In other words, 15 minutes of hiking at Taos gives you lots of great lines from bowls like in the video to narrow chutes. you can hit the top of kachina in 45 minutes to an hour or so if I recall correctly (haven't made it to the top of kachina in a number of years, has always been closed).
Sweet! And supposedly the expert terrain up there is some of the hardest/most famous in the US? I just might need to add this to my must hit list...
post #48 of 215

Taos terrain

Taos is as steep as any mountain I've skied in the west. Only Aspen Highlands and Jackson Hole may surpass it. There isn't flat terrain anywhere, not for a second. The blacks are steep here. The lift tickes are cheaper than most great resorts and lodging costs are of a country town, not a ski resort. Excellent restaurants. Only negative is it's remote location, takes a while to get there, but that can be a plus if you hate lift lines and like fresh snow.
As a southwestern skier I go to Wolf Creek for the powder but Taos for the awesome terrain when they have the base.
Haven't been to Silverton.
post #49 of 215
I've heard that about Taos - love to get there some time! My friend lives in Dallas now so we may have to meet up at some point ....

Only question is the coverage - how is it this year?
post #50 of 215
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I've heard that about Taos - love to get there some time! My friend lives in Dallas now so we may have to meet up at some point ....

Only question is the coverage - how is it this year?
Fantastic! Today I was skiing on 15'' of fresh on top of a 70'' base. Most of the mountain is open and with good coverage, and the trails that are not open are because of avalanche control.
post #51 of 215
Yup. Good coverage this year. I went to UT-Austin (yes, one of those dreaded Texans many skiers complain about) and made many weekend trips out to Taos. 12 hour drive. Leave Thursday after class around 3pm, pull in at 3am, catch some zzz's in the lot, and ski Fri-Sun, make it back in time for Monday class. Yes, we did spring for a motel for 2 nights. Anyway, long story short, after one trip of abysmal snowpack where the base was about 30" in February, I never go unless its 50" plus, without checking which runs are open, b/c then the good stuff isn't usually open. Its still better than anything else in NM, its just too painful to look at all the sick terrain and not be able to ski it... Taos can have some bad years. I would consider 70" as good, as it is right now.

Regarding quality of steeps, I second skeeee's comment. I would put it up there with Altabird, JH, Mammoth, and Crested Butte (of the "steep" resorts I've skied). I haven't been to Aspen Highlands since they opened Highlands bowl, but prior to that, its steeper than Aspen Mountain and Highlands. The key is that there's so much of the steeps in relation to the rest of the mountain. Lots of good skiers around too.

I'm hoping to hit Silverton in February.

FYI, its hard to find discounted lift tickets to Taos. The REI in Santa Fe has tix for $54 (I think $68 is normal price), but haven't seen anything cheaper. Liftopia.com usually has $58. A Taos card for $45 gets you 14 off per day. If you bring your kids, the discount for kiddie corral is huge, $30 off, so it quickly pays for itself if you have kids.

Lodging at the base is expensive, b/c there's not much. Lots of cheap lodging in the town of Taos, about a 20-30 minute drive depending on road conditions and the speed of the guy driving in front of you... great food in town, and you can't beat a green chile cheeseburger with a santa fe nut brown ale on the deck of the hotel st. bernard for lunch at the base.

last note on Taos. if you bring any one less than an advanced skier with you, they will be immediately intimidated by what they see from the base. as the famous sign says, they are only looking at 1/18th of the mountain. get them up the first lift, and there's good cruisers on the front side and back side, but they won't compare to the cruisers you'll find in places like Snowmass, Steamboat, Deer Valley, etc. I will say the base is a pain. the only way to get down at the end of the day is cattracks or very steep bumps (which I love, but others don't like).
post #52 of 215
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I'm hoping to hit Silverton in February...last note on Taos. if you bring any one less than an advanced skier with you, they will be immediately intimidated by what they see from the base. as the famous sign says, they are only looking at 1/18th of the mountain...
Silverton also has a sign, it says, in BOLD:

YOU COULD DIE HERE TODAY
post #53 of 215
Hi Simon,
Slight change of plans...I will be skiing Tuesday through Friday (13th-16th). Not able to do the ski-week this time, but hope to hike, rip and turn with you at your convenience.

Call my cell phone if you need help digging your M3 out...or if it really dumps I'll be happy to give you a lift in my Jeep.

Posted this here just in case anyone else is there those days.

As of 6:39 this morning....

Temperature...5

Wind...4

Snowfall in past 5 days...21 inches...
134 inches fallen so far this year...

Base Depth...85 inches...

This is where it gets real good...

Trails open:
17 Beginner
17 Intermediate
29 Advanced
20 Expert

post #54 of 215
SantaFeHorn...your nic reminds me how much I like Locomotives...thats a whole 'nuther thread.

Great run down Juarez.
post #55 of 215
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SantaFeHorn...your nic reminds me how much I like Locomotives...thats a whole 'nuther thread.
what's a nic?
post #56 of 215
nic=nicname!
post #57 of 215
nickname=SantaFeHorn...

When I was a kid, skiing at Sugar Bowl, I used to hike down from the tram parking lot to the Oakland Ski Club lodge. Southern Pacific RailRoad ran on the tracks we had to cross..

Hearing the horns blow often caused me to correlate locomotive horns with skiing....so...

SantaFeHorn=Skiing!
post #58 of 215
Thread Starter 
A couple of pics from Sunday's powder day courtesy of LeeX.

Lee showing the base of his new Kyle's Custom Skis:


Myself, knee deep in the trees:


It was a good day!
post #59 of 215

how deep was it?

Can you find me?


Really..I am in there



Chicks dig me
post #60 of 215
ah. sorry for my ignorance. I'm not up on some of the forum terminology

SantaFeHorn = I live in Santa Fe, and I'm a Texas Longhorn (a very happy one at that after the Fiesta Bowl).
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