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K9 Couloir

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An iconic line.


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0.3

Miles

0.5

KM

Ski Line

12,453' 3,796 m

High

11,536' 3,516 m

Low

6' 2 m

Up

917' 279 m

Down

54%

Avg Slope (28°)

115%

Max Slope (49°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Class 3 avalanche terrain

Description

This line drops from Kachina Peak's summit into Wildy Bowl. From the summit cairn and prayer flags, ride down to the rollover to the east, slightly trending skier's left to the top of the K9 Couloir. There's a cornice feature to the right and a cleaner entrance to the chute on the left above a rock outcrop.

Check the snow conditions, and if you like what you see, rip this epic line. There's cliffs along the sides that channel avalanches down the chute onto the apron. Near the bottom of the couloir, there's a rock that is often exposed during the spring, then the chute opens above a cliff band with water and ice falls. Stay left to avoid the cliff or ride around to Kachina's eastern slopes.

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J. Bella

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K9 Couloir
Jan 16, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Pup's Den 1, climbing towards the steepest part of the chute with a 48° slope angle, April 2, 2019
Apr 3, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Wolf's Den on the left and Rotten Spine on the right
Jun 3, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Kachina Peak from Wheeler's north ridge
Jan 16, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Young bighorn sheep on Kachina Peak's south ridge
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Avalanche debris deposited on the Wildy Bowl Crossover ~ April 28th, 2016
Feb 6, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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