Taos Ski Valley was having a light season when it comes to snowfall. That’s until the snow gods decided to open the heavens and release more than 3 feet of snow in 36 hours.
Taos is reporting that 37″ fell on the resort from Tuesday night to Wednesday night, and we can ‘unofficially’ confirm that report. The whole Unofficial Networks crew had this tripped planned for months, and struck gold with two days of awesome powder skiing.
Julian Carr was at Taos to rip the powder:
It was still dumping when the lifts started spinning at 9AM Wednesday. The resort only had the frontside runs open due to avalanche control, but there was still plenty of steep and deep terrain to ride.
We were cruising in thigh-deep powder on groomers, buried to our chest in the trees, and choking on snow as white smoke billowed over our heads.
Jean’s Glade, Rhoda’s, and Al’s Run were absolutely ripping on Wednesday morning. There was probably 24″ on the ground at that time, and we were just barely punching through to the hard pack moguls buried under the powder.
Skiers crushing pow on Al’s Run on Wednesday:
It continued to dump all day, and free refills were abundant. The snow was dry, and light. Hero lines with faceshots were the norm. The hooting and hollering of stoked skiers could be heard echoing throughout the mountain. It was by all means an A1 powder skiing day. The kind you dream about.
It kept snowing all night on Wednesday, and the resort totaled 37″ by Thursday morning. We woke up with more powder skiing on our minds.
We headed straight up to the now-opened hike to terrain on Highline Ridge. A long line of skiers and riders marched up the short hike to claim their own untouched powder line along the ridge.
Doug Evans ripping powder on Highline Ridge:
We ended up skiing Juarez, and boy was it good. Untouched, bottomless powder billowed over our heads in the glowing sunshine. Again, it was a day you dream about.
We did a couple of more hikes in the area, and the short uphill was worth it for the powder turns on the way down.
In addition to Highline Ridge, Lorelei Trees, Bambi, and lines in the West Basin Ridge were all skiing exceptionally well. We just couldn’t get enough.
This was our first time at Taos, and I think we can confidently say that we all had a blast. Does a legendary 37″ storm probably having something to with that opinion? Absolutely. But, there’s no doubt on our minds that Taos is a rad place to go skiing and riding.
We’ll have more pics and videos to share in the coming days, but we hope you enjoyed this quick snow report from Taos!
Featured Image- Skier: Kyle Townsend, Taos Ski Valley PSIA Certified Ski Instructor/Guide. Photo Credit: Unofficial Networks