Santa Fe & Nambe

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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby Dorman » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:36 am

North facing trees indeed.
This is the current situation on Heaven's Hill.
https://youtu.be/uLLa2bXQjYQ
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby sody » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:29 pm

Two days of amazing powder skiing... in north facing trees.

Yesterday, skinned up heavens (direct route) skied to windsor, back up ravens and to the car. Braking trail was rough since snow was pretty deep (knee deep in spots).

Today, up ravens, down to windsor, over to heaven's hill, back up ravens and to the car. Heaven's hill had nice soft and cold snow. Great skiing, no signs of instabilities. Thanks to the group of three breaking trail up heaven's.
Raven's still holds powder. But raven's to the car via the direct route will be crusty after today (and it is pretty roughed up by skiers and snowshoers). Pretty heavy snow at around 1pm, to the point that face plants getting into deep pockest may not be ruled out.

Got a peak at Nambe, the bowl looks really windloaded. one can see the ripples. Started to see point releases from rocks on the west facing (east side of the nambe canyon). With warmer temps and lots of sunshine, those point releases are going to increase.
Also could see tracks coming down raven's into nambe (while skinning up Ravens). Looked like a chute after the first high point of Raven's. Not sure what it is called. Seemed like no slides triggered by those two tracks. Looked like some nice turns.
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby ericladd » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:13 am

Skinned to deception yesterday. Hoping for some corn skiing in the nambe chutes but not quite warm enough even by 12:30am. chutes do not seems to be in a freeze thaw cycle yet. but the flanks/side of the nambe circ have some pinwheels and maybe some small loose wet action going on so its getting close. the main chutes may have warmed up later in the day possibly. very well filled in up there. south face of Santa fe baldy looks well filled in and could have some nice early spring corn if you get the timing right.
Spring is gonna be good!
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby jpurcellrd » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:00 pm

Had a nice little tour yesterday 3/30/19.

There was a hard freeze Saturday night that appeared to affect all aspects. Wind was bucking up there!

Went up raven's ridge. Skied a north facing treed chute down to Nambe basin. This chute was just prior to opening up of the basin. I am not sure what it is called. I think it is prior to any named chute. At the time of the ski there was approximately 3-5 in of fresh snow. This treed aspect held the snow nicely for some really nice turns. A small wind slab was starting to form on some leeward slopes. It was quite reactive. It could be a potential problem for the next couple of days if the temps stay cool or in shaded areas.

Then skinned across Nambe and boot packed up to the saddle between heaven's and Lake Peak. Snow was very supportable. Skied down the ridge staying skier's right on heaven's hill(treed north facing slope). Dropped into an open north easterly facing chute. There was 3-5in of new snow on boiler plate surface. Then returned to the parking area via winsor.
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby MarkM » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:00 pm

Several chutes up there - we all seem to have different names for them. Did a couple of them Saturday morning - hit some pretty variable conditions - soft up top, breakable crust in the middle, hard skiable crust lower down back to Winsor. Were there tracks where you went? Going to try again tomorrow to see if this week's storms freshened things up - as it has been pretty good at the ski area.
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby ericladd » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:08 pm

Skinned to deception today. main nambe chute still not in thaw/freeze cycle yet. from the tops seems like the previous post: variable. the steep treed chutes, skiers left of the main nambe chute, were soft snow but thawing on top of the pow as they face north east ish. the west facing side of nambe chutes have some rollerball/very small wet loose activity from today or the last few days, seems like it may be a week or warmer weather before it will be a full freeze/thaw cycle on the main nambe cutes . VERY well filled in up there. should be a great spring.
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby jpurcellrd » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:33 am

Mark: There was a boot pack going up where we dropped in, but we ran into the guy that came up it the previous day (I don't believe it was you). If I recall correctly I remember seeing tracks lower on the ridge from where we dropped in. Must of been you guys! Let us know how the conditions were today!
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby MarkM » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:13 pm

Got up to Ravens Yesterday and did a thing we call Jump Turn, and Y-not. Wanted to do Red Rope but ran out of time. The snow was great - boot top powder. Here is a photo of what we call a couple of the shots.
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby MarkM » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:37 pm

Today (Sunday) we skied "Bits and Pieces" - a south facing chute located a couple hundred yards back towards the ski area from Deception - on the forbidden side of the ridge. We got there a little late, and it was a little soft climbing back out, but it was fine corn skiing. Great coverage. The Nambe side looked a little wind hammered and did not seem to be corning up.
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby roxtar » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:16 pm

Did the Chutes is past Sunday.
Stable to a fault. Basically boiler plate all the way down. Amazing that in the back end of April the chutes still haven't softened into spring corn.
Unfortunately, the approach snow above Millie might be gone by the time conditions improve.
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Re: Santa Fe & Nambe

Postby MarkM » Thu May 09, 2019 6:03 pm

Four to six inches of new in the Nambe Chutes this morning. Nice texture, well bonded to the old snow - and the wind had not been at it - except right at the top of the main chute.
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