Powder Project Logo

Adopt This Ski Line

This ski line is completely mapped but isn’t quite finished. Help out by adopting it and providing what's missing.


Photo Summary Overview Description Underlying Trails

Elevator

 
 1 vote

Length

0.2 Miles 0.3 Kilometers


Ski Line

Elevation

0' 0 m

Ascent

-328' -100 m

Descent

31%

Avg Slope (17°)

38%

Max Slope (21°)

11,563' 3,524 m

High

11,234' 3,424 m

Low

Conditions


Bad / Closed 12 days ago
Very little snow, not rideable History

Getting forecast...
This Featured Ski Line content is still in development or in editorial review.

A narrow chute with an easier entrance and two ski and a half width cruxes.

Adopt These Trails!

Description

Often closed early season, and after big snows due to avy danger.
This fun line is one of the best that Taos Ski Valley has to offer. Located just past the gate that separates West Basin from the ThunderBird area, you need to get here before ~2:00 before the gate closes to enjoy the full line. (Gate closing time subject to change due to weather, and time of year). If the gate is closed you can enter into Saint Bernard, ski a short ways and head skier's left over a small ridge to enter Elevator just below the first crux.

After passing through the gate just past "Saint Bernard" to the Thunderbird area of West Basin, a sign denotes the start for Elevator. Drop in on easier terrain with a few trees for a couple turns until the run begins to steepen and get tighter. The crux is a 15 foot section that is 1.5 ski lengths wide. Below this it opens up into wider terrain, with one more tight section at the bottom with a rock wall to your left.

If you are a great skier there are a few smaller cliffs on the left that drop into the run, or go straight off the huge cliff ~40 feet at the base. This has been done during the Xtreme competitions, but it is big and has a tricky landing with some trees thrown in.

You & this Featured Ski Line


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#107

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#1

in New Mexico

#107

Overall
5 Views Last Month
312 Since Apr 2, 2015
Extremely Difficult Extremely Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
100%

0 Comments

Powder Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Ski