Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

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March 13, Williams Lake basin
Old tracks popping out of the settled snow were visible in the top of the Ring finger
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
Entrances to chutes on Kachina's southeast and east sides are precarious this year
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Pup's den is barely rideable
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
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

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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

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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

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Anyone riding lines since the storm? Wondering if they are in or just full of sharks.
Tight lines and deep pow
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I saw this posted earlier ~ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg82cu_BxC8/
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

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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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Brian wrote:
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Awesome :lol:
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Skinned up to his/hers Saturday and lots of lines looked in.

Lake fork looked extra tasty, nice work!
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4 inches and still snowing at 2pm, near treeline on Kachina.
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Light snow last night is continuing this morning. 1-2 inches so far
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3-7 inch storm totals above 8k, mosty melted in sunny areas below 11k.
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This is what we've got ~ pic from yesterday afternoon
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

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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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