Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:23 pm

March 13, Williams Lake basin

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Old tracks popping out of the settled snow were visible in the top of the Ring finger
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Entrances to chutes on Kachina's southeast and east sides are precarious this year
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Pup's den is barely rideable
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Bootpack in this line, Sin Nombre ~ Lake Fork ridge;

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Sin Nombre;

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Tight exits from the upper face into the lower
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Trail users were overheard using the words bleak and dismal to describe the snowpack, as suitable descriptions for the current conditions.

It's really not terrible higher up, there are some decent lines. The snow has settled and stabilized some during the past week. There are still buried persistent layers, windslabs and facets to watch for and be ready to react should a line avalanche.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby Brian » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:54 am

Any recent observations regarding the condition of the trail to Williams Lake? Wondering if the trail and meadows are anywhere near rideable back from the lake.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:42 pm

It's thin but rideable, lots of exposed rocks in the upper meadows and some sections of the trail + up to 8 inches fresh from yesterday evening and last night's storm
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby Brown_Trout » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:40 pm

Anyone riding lines since the storm? Wondering if they are in or just full of sharks.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:43 pm

I saw this posted earlier ~ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg82cu_BxC8/

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby Brian » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:25 am

Skied the north face of Lake Fork yesterday, there were some rocks to navigate up top, but overall it was in great shape.

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:42 am

Brian wrote:
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Awesome :lol:
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby Brown_Trout » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:26 am

Skinned up to his/hers Saturday and lots of lines looked in.

Lake fork looked extra tasty, nice work!
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:50 pm

4 inches and still snowing at 2pm, near treeline on Kachina.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Thu May 03, 2018 7:04 am

Light snow last night is continuing this morning. 1-2 inches so far
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Fri May 04, 2018 3:06 pm

3-7 inch storm totals above 8k, mosty melted in sunny areas below 11k.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Fri May 11, 2018 10:09 am

This is what we've got ~ pic from yesterday afternoon

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby Bob » Sun May 13, 2018 10:14 am

Looks like you could just about put in a line off Sin Nombre. Lake Fork looks cooked. Thanks for the pictures.
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