So the girlfriend and I are making our first trip to Taos Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and I was wondering if anyone could provide some beta on the mountain. Any areas that I SHOULDN'T miss? Kachina Peak looks awesome but is it worth the hike? Any info about the mountain and the town would be great! Both my girlfriend and I are advanced level skiers (i ski, she rides), we like to hike sidecountry when we're at a resort and obsviously love steep and deep powder (who doesn't?), cornice drops, glades, a little of everything (rolling groomers are probably our least favorite). Let me know your thoughts, thanks!
Taos is a my favorite area. But I don't know if it's worth the trip with a reported 37 inch base. I wonder if the good stuff will even be open and if it is you will proly trash a set a skies per day. When I was down there a few years back a local told me it really doesn't get good until 80+ inches and when I was there it was about 90. If you want to go and see the area that's cool but I wouldn't expect much from a ski standpoint.
Here is a quote off their website from the conditions page:
Packed Powder/Hard pack
Steeps are slick. Ski with caution and know how to self arrest.
I would translate the above as "Anything that's really good is a concrete death chute"
upon further review, my girlfriend and I are waiting 2 more weeks before we head south to taos. taking everyone's advice and waiting for a little more base. we'll be there over presidents day weekend, which kinda sucks because typically the crowds are GIANT wherever you go (speaking from a colorado standpoint) that weekend. Anybody have experience down there over p-day weekend? Is it super busy or not too bad? I'd like to go even later in feb but my girlfriend starts coaching soccer at the end of feb so no go. Maybe we'll get lucky and get some snow in the middle of feb!