Southwest Powder Days

Colorado,Red Mountain Pass,San Juan Mountains, skiing, hiking

Towards the end of February our month-long drought of snow here in southwest Colorado ended with a powerful snowstorm that dropped several feet of powder on the mountains. I suspect that nearly every skier in the entire region dropped what they were doing to get out and enjoy the return of winter!

Rider: Alex Hotze.
Rider: Alex Hotze.
Colorado,San Juan Mountains, Alex Hotze, snowboarding

Rider: Alex Hotze.

Skier: Don Moden.
Skier: Don Moden.

Colorado,San Juan Mountains, skiing, skinning, hiking

After the initial 2+ foot storm, a second even more powerful southwest storm was predicted to slam into the southern mountains! With a whopping 4 feet of snow forecasted for the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico, we decided spontaneously to head down to Taos to spend a few days at the renowned ski area there.

New Mexico,Rio Grande,Taos,Rio Grande Gorge, snow
Fresh snow smothers the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, New Mexico – February.

I was too busy choking on snow to take any powder photos in Taos, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say that Taos rocked! Saturday’s 21-inch powder day was one of my top ski-area days of all time! That mountain is rad.

New Mexico,Rio Grande,Taos,hot springs
Relaxing in a wild hot spring next to the Rio Grande river near Taos, New Mexico.

After two days riding pow in Taos, we soaked our tired legs in some wild hot springs down in the Rio Grande Gorge. What a place…

Colorado,Red Mountain Pass,San Juan Mountains, skiing
Skier: Chris Cover. March.

Back in the San Juans, all that new snow has set up some tricky and supremely dangerous avalanche conditions, but with careful route selection we’ve been able to score some solid lines the last few days.

Winter is not over yet!

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