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The Peace Chute

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An iconic line for the Taos backcountry culture.


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0.8

Miles

1.2

KM

Ski Line

12,382' 3,774 m

High

10,528' 3,209 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,855' 565 m

Down

46%

Avg Slope (25°)

68%

Max Slope (34°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Avalanche terrain. Enjoy a brew and some green chile at the Stray Dog after ripping this line.

Description

Steep and fast, precarious and thrilling, this is one of the iconic lines in Taos Ski Valley. When it slides it runs fast, a choke in the middle of the chute funnels debris between some rocks and shoots it onto the apron before it runs out onto the flats beyond the Williams Lake Trail. When conditions are stable, this is a long, fast, and fun descent down Frazer Mountain's steep west side. Like the Bong Chute, up routes can be tricky, ascending Bull of the Woods to Wheeler's north ridge route provides a longer yet safer ascent than other routes.

History & Background

As of January 2018, the most recent avalanche fatality in New Mexico occurred in this chute. Tim Harter owned the renowned Stray Dog Cantina, and his love for backcountry skiing lives on with dedication from the long time locals. Near the middle of the apron is a cross memorializing one of the area's first modern backcountry skiing pioneers.

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Shared By:

J. Bella

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Photos

Taos Ski Valley from near treeline in the North Peace trib
Jan 7, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Peace Chute looking up the rocky choke after an early season, R2D2 avalanche washed out the chute.
Jan 20, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Fresh tracks in the Peace Chute
Jan 7, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Peace Chute March 17, 2019
Apr 4, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
The Bong Chute from the Williams Lake trail, January 5, 2018 ~ during the driest Winter in this region for several decades
Jan 7, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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