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Re: Taos Region

PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 6:35 pm
by MarkM
Did you get out?

Re: Taos Region

PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:04 am
by Kerry
Watching the Poco Gusto snow stake, featured in a recent post by Jared, showed drastic settlement in the 24-hrs leading up to about 0800 on Fri...looked like over 50% in less than 24-hrs. The implication of slabby snow was realized when I toured in the LFP area on Saturday where I saw 5 slab avalanches, all about D1.5-2.
The partly cloudy Sat skies trapped shortwave radiation and caused significant warming. Snow was grabby. Digging in the snow near the upper bench below LFP's NE face, we found 75cm of storm snow, which may have originally been well over a meter. We found isothermic old snow beneath -1C fresh snow, and easy fractures between new/old layer.

Re: Taos Region

PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:47 pm
by Kerry
Memorial Day skiing in the Taos Region was best in my 10-yrs experience here. Snowpack is in great shape. A trace to 1 cm of snow fell Sun evening above 10,200'. The sky cleared by 2100 last night bringing a good snow surface freeze in spite of barely freezing temps. Sun hit on high E aspects occurred just before 0600. A SE pitch of LFP was firm corn at 0800. An E pitch of Vallecitos was in outstanding corn shape at 0930. Finally skied a line on Vallecitos that had been on my list for years. Climbing the W side of LFP at 1030 was firm enough to almost want crampons. The NE face of LFP was firm corn at 1130 with scattered creamy wind deposits of the fresh snow about an inch deep. Stayed on skis until 20 mtrs above the Phoenix, but the gladed area of the Williams Lake Trail has numerous melted out spots and a plowed road for water infrastructure construction. The >TL areas should continue to offer nice skiing through most of June.

Re: Taos Region

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:25 pm
by JBella
Some good summer lines on Sin Nombre, pics from July 10th. Steep and suncupped, some rideable lines are holding on Wheeler's northwest face and Lake Fork's north aspects, probably the best potential for summer riding we've had in New Mexico since 2008

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Re: Taos Region

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:34 pm
by Kerry
Jared, I saw signs of the latest slab avalanche I'd seen in NM when we skied LFP a couple times on the first day of Summer. Over on Sin Nombre, overlapping the start zone of the large March avy path, a slab ran sometime in the first two weeks of June. Its crown was about 350' wide across the exits of all the Sin Nombre chutes, overlapping the west side of the path that ran in March. Didn't go to Sin Nombre to check it out. Perhaps someone else here knows more. So fun to see a nice snowpack clear out many paths this year!