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King Solomon

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 3.0 (1) SKI LINE

A tree run leading to steeper slopes with scattered small cliffs near the bottom.


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Ski Line

11,027' 3,361 m

High

10,327' 3,148 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

700' 213 m

Down

53%

Avg Slope (28°)

69%

Max Slope (34°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Class 2 avalanche terrain.

Description

This line starts at the first high point along Avalanche Ridge at 11,068 feet, dropping into some well-spaced trees then leveling out a bit as the forest thickens. Towards the middle, watch for scattered rock outcrops and small cliffs as the line steepens and drops down some hanging pitches. A larger 25-35 foot cliff band near the bottom of this area can be avoided by staying to skier's left, pay attention for a drop approaching and trend to the left when you see it - it's important not to ride into a tempting gully on the right, this chute is full of fallen trees and ends atop the largest section of cliffs - near the bottom the slope levels out and leads to the stream. Find one of the several natural bridges across the creek, then hike a few steps to the Long Canyon trail.

This lower section of this line is steep enough to avalanche, and it's east-trending aspect holds colder snow during the winter. There's a lot of deadfall around so a solid base is necessary for this line to become rideable. It's a good late-season line when other areas are tracked out.

History & Background

Named for the King Solomon prospect which was believed to be in this area.

Contacts

Shared By:

J. Bella

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#8

in Taos

#617

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#8

in Taos

#52

in New Mexico

#617

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Near the bottom of King Solomon, below the mine prospects.
Mar 2, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Cliff band near the bottom of King Solomon, staying skier's left avoids the cliff.
Mar 2, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Small avalanche pockets are scattered across the lower slopes in Long Canyon
Feb 4, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM

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