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A wide open, steep face on one of New Mexico's highest peaks.


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Ski Line

12,760' 3,889 m

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12,015' 3,662 m

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Up

745' 227 m

Down

42%

Avg Slope (23°)

56%

Max Slope (29°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Wilderness area—no mechanized equipment, drones etc.

Need to Know

This is dangerous avalanche terrain especially during the early season and after big storms. Check taosavalanchecenter.org and nnmae.org to find and share information.

Description

This is the most famous backcountry ski descent in the Taos backcountry. This straightforward, obvious line is a classic—a high alpine, wide open chute dropping down Lake Fork's north face from the summit. Most people access this line via the Lake Fork Primitive Route.

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J. Bella

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Photos

Descending Lake Fork's north face during June 2016
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
in the lake fork basin, looking at the West Face of Wheeler Peak
Feb 26, 2024 near Taos Sk…, NM

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