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A long running descent with great vertical.


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0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Ski Line

13,071' 3,984 m

High

11,111' 3,387 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,959' 597 m

Down

48%

Avg Slope (26°)

56%

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

Need to Know

This is Class 3 avalanche terrain.

Description

After a good snow year, this long avalanche path is skiable top to bottom. Most years a short ski from the summit is required. From Wheeler's summit, head to the southwest and follow the terrain as it rolls over a sub-ridge onto the broad southwest face. The terrain naturally flows into a gully then continues descending to the west, dropping below treeline as the path continues all the way into Williams Lake. Just below treeline, an alternate runout branches to skier's left and runs out onto wetlands south of the lake.

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J. Bella

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#18

in New Mexico

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Photos

Looking down at Williams Lake from the bottom of the SW Chute.
Feb 26, 2024 near Taos Sk…, NM
Looking up at the lower half of the SW Chute.
Feb 26, 2024 near Taos Sk…, NM
South face of Wheeler from Lake Fork Peak area
Mar 14, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Wheeler Peak's southwest slopes above William's Lake
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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