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by JBella
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Latir, good winter access point?
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Latir, good winter access point?

134 is usually drivable to the junction with 134A to Cabresto Lake and the 135 moto trail, from there it’s a snowmobile road, with a sled you can get pretty far up that canyon. There’s some decent north slope terrain above 597, linked by a network of old mining roads below Elephant Rock and Sawmill ...
by JBella
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2020-2021 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 17
Views: 1442

Re: Taos Region

... Saw a fresh small avalanche (3m wide, ran maybe 10 m). Started near some rocks, east aspect. ... I know that slope, check out the TAC observation from December 29th, second picture, titled https://taosavalanchecenter.org/pro-obs/20201229_natural-and-skier-triggered-avalanches-on-north-through-e...
by JBella
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2020-2021 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 17
Views: 1442

Re: Taos Region

https://youtu.be/qKZmvT7qSfk A look at what we encountered December 29th, lower Wildy approach to the bench by the pond below Kachina’s east side chutes. At 10,880’ 110cm snowpack, 35-40cm fresh F hardness, very reactive at new/old interface on compressed precipitation crystals, very distinguishable...
by JBella
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Tres Piedras
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: Tres Piedras

There's a lot of varied terrain along 64, geologically the Tusas mountains are the southern sub-range of the San Juans. Most of the terrain has much shorter vertical relief than other areas, some is reasonably low(er) risk and some is as dangerous as anything on the Sangres side of the rift. This is...
by JBella
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2020-2021 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 17
Views: 1442

Re: Taos Region

I haven’t been in the wilderness all week so don’t have first-hand knowledge of today’s current snowpack - reading through the most recent forecast from today certainly seems to create a grainy perspective of what to expect - the pictures of a slab with a crack running across it, a loose slough runn...
by JBella
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2020-2021 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 17
Views: 1442

Re: Taos Region

Great points - we’ve already seen significant increase in traffic mostly along the WLT. More than a few not wearing beacons when I checked along the trail the other day. Also while it’s great the TAC is active and issuing forecasts, it’s only another tool to use to assess conditions, and as they adv...
by JBella
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Community
Topic: It’s back!
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: It’s back!

Thanks Bob, stoked you got this rolling for this new, improved Covid-safe ski season!

Hope everyone is doing well.
by JBella
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2020-2021 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 17
Views: 1442

Taos Region

While still a thin snowpack for the date, the previous three storms brought some decent base-building material to work with (Sept. 9-10th - 3-4", melted. October 25-28th - 12-25"+, settled and now faceting on northerly aspects near and above treeline, melted on most southerly aspects. Nove...
by JBella
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Ski Santa Fe
Replies: 26
Views: 1970

Re: Ski Santa Fe

I've been researching and addressing this topic for years, the following are my opinions and interpretations based on my own research and conversations with USFS employees - anything I write is not legal advice or definitive policy - regarding ski areas that operate on public lands managed by the US...
by JBella
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2019-2020 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 51
Views: 17696

Re: Taos Region

This is the general Special Use Permit that the U.S. Forest Service uses; https://www.fs.fed.us/r2/recreation/special-use/forms/new-forms/fs-2700-5b.pdf Please pay attention to section 1. F.; F. Area Access. Except for any restrictions as the holder and the authorized officer may agree to be necessa...
by JBella
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2019-2020 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 51
Views: 17696

Re: Taos Region

BTW, thanks Marc, for working with the community on this and conveying direct responses from the FS. And Kerry, Bob, for your continuous posts about all these matters and conditions reports! To grace the subject of accessing the Northside property; it has always been off-limits for downhill skiing, ...
by JBella
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2019-2020 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 51
Views: 17696

Re: Taos Region

... I ask partly because some trails, e.g. the Wheeler Peak trail (as marked by OnX, and #90 according to NFS), run through it. ... This is private land known as the Northside at Taos Ski Valley, it was owned by the Pattison family for several decades and was sold last year to Robert Caroon, Jr. ac...
by JBella
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2019-2020 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 51
Views: 17696

Re: Taos Region

There is a road closure posted at the bottom of Twining Road, along with a sign reading "local traffic only". I contacted the Village of Taos Ski Valley dispatch this morning, he said he was unaware of the closure and suggested I contact the Carson National Forest. However, as I explained ...
by JBella
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2019-2020 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 51
Views: 17696

Re: Taos Region

Does anyone know if Taos is allowing uphill traffic now that the lifts are closed? Or are they keeping everyone out while they are closing up? Also let me know if the road up to the Bavarian/Wilderness access is open. Thank you! TSV has their uphill policy posted here; https://www.skitaos.com/polic...
by JBella
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Northern New Mexico 2019-2020 Conditions
Topic: Taos Region
Replies: 51
Views: 17696

Re: Taos Region

Taos Avalanche Center posted this earlier; https://www.instagram.com/p/B8M777jFlGN/ It is unknown if this was a natural, or possibly triggered sympathetically by the Gazex system on the inbounds side of Kachina. Whatever the trigger was, either from percussive resonance, water weight, rockfall, wind...