Maintain the Terrain: Sweeping Kachina Peak with Taos Ski Patrol

25th April 2013 | Donny O'Neill

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Patrol tracks on Kachina Peak. This terrain does not open often, but when it does skiers and boarders are treated to some of the best bowl skiing in the Southern Rockies. Photo by Liam Doran - ©Liam Doran

Patrol tracks on Kachina Peak. This terrain does not open often, but when it does skiers and boarders are treated to some of the best bowl skiing in the Southern Rockies. Photo by Liam Doran
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Patrol tracks on Kachina Peak. This terrain does not open often, but when it does skiers and boarders are treated to some of the best bowl skiing in the Southern Rockies. Photo by Liam Doran - ©Liam Doran
For the first time visitor the view from the base can be intimidating to say the least.  While Taos Ski Valley has unreal terrain for advanced and expert skiers, there are plenty of well groomed green and blue runs for intermediate and beginner skiers. Photo by Liam Doran.

For the first time visitor the view from the base can be intimidating to say the least. While Taos Ski Valley has unreal terrain for advanced and expert skiers, there are plenty of well groomed green and blue runs for intermediate and beginner skiers. Photo by Liam Doran.

For the first time visitor the view from the base can be intimidating to say the least.  While Taos Ski Valley has unreal terrain for advanced and expert skiers, there are plenty of well groomed green and blue runs for intermediate and beginner skiers. Photo by Liam Doran.
Much of the expert skiing at Taos is accessed via a short hike that leads to the “Ridge”.  Once on the ridge skiers have the choice of open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, rocky spine lines and cliff drops to keep them entertained. Photo by Liam Doran

Much of the expert skiing at Taos is accessed via a short hike that leads to the “Ridge”. Once on the ridge skiers have the choice of open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, rocky spine lines and cliff drops to keep them entertained. Photo by Liam Doran

Much of the expert skiing at Taos is accessed via a short hike that leads to the “Ridge”.  Once on the ridge skiers have the choice of open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, rocky spine lines and cliff drops to keep them entertained. Photo by Liam Doran
Taos bills itself as the “un resort” and most people will find this rings refreshingly true. Shuttling skiers and boarders from the free parking lot to the slopes is not a multi-million dollar gondola, but an old pickup and a trailer. Photo by Liam Doran

Taos bills itself as the “un resort” and most people will find this rings refreshingly true. Shuttling skiers and boarders from the free parking lot to the slopes is not a multi-million dollar gondola, but an old pickup and a trailer. Photo by Liam Doran

Taos bills itself as the “un resort” and most people will find this rings refreshingly true. Shuttling skiers and boarders from the free parking lot to the slopes is not a multi-million dollar gondola, but an old pickup and a trailer. Photo by Liam Doran
Rolling into the Taos valley is a bit like stepping back in time to the old west.  Ranches, cattle, old barns and adobe houses populate the valley floor. Just down the road, is the Taos Pueblo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been continually inhabited for over 1000 years.  Definitely wor

Rolling into the Taos valley is a bit like stepping back in time to the old west. Ranches, cattle, old barns and adobe houses populate the valley floor. Just down the road, is the Taos Pueblo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been continually inhabited for over 1000 years. Definitely wor

Rolling into the Taos valley is a bit like stepping back in time to the old west.  Ranches, cattle, old barns and adobe houses populate the valley floor. Just down the road, is the Taos Pueblo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been continually inhabited for over 1000 years.  Definitely wor
The Taos Ski Valley Patrol Hut at the top of Chair 2. - ©Donny O'Neill

The Taos Ski Valley Patrol Hut at the top of Chair 2.
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The Taos Ski Valley Patrol Hut at the top of Chair 2. - ©Donny O'Neill
The patrol dogs at Taos Ski Valley are as big a part of the family as the Blakes. - ©Donny O'Neill

The patrol dogs at Taos Ski Valley are as big a part of the family as the Blakes.
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The patrol dogs at Taos Ski Valley are as big a part of the family as the Blakes. - ©Donny O'Neill
Lounging in the patrol shack at Taos Ski Valley. - ©Donny O'Neill

Lounging in the patrol shack at Taos Ski Valley.
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Lounging in the patrol shack at Taos Ski Valley. - ©Donny O'Neill
Patroller Ricus Ginn flipping signage at Taos Ski Valley. - ©Donny O'Neill

Patroller Ricus Ginn flipping signage at Taos Ski Valley.
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Patroller Ricus Ginn flipping signage at Taos Ski Valley. - ©Donny O'Neill
Ginn clicks in after closing off the Highline route. - ©Donny O'Neill

Ginn clicks in after closing off the Highline route.
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Ginn clicks in after closing off the Highline route. - ©Donny O'Neill
A look down the Tresckow Ridge, the heart of Taos Ski Valley. - ©Donny O'Neill

A look down the Tresckow Ridge, the heart of Taos Ski Valley.
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A look down the Tresckow Ridge, the heart of Taos Ski Valley. - ©Donny O'Neill
The last leg of the Kachina Peak hike. - ©Donny O'Neill

The last leg of the Kachina Peak hike.
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The last leg of the Kachina Peak hike. - ©Donny O'Neill
Tibetan prayer flags at the top of Kachina Peak. - ©Donny O'Neill

Tibetan prayer flags at the top of Kachina Peak.
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Tibetan prayer flags at the top of Kachina Peak. - ©Donny O'Neill
Tibetan prayer flags at the top of Kachina Peak. - ©Donny O'Neill

Tibetan prayer flags at the top of Kachina Peak.
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Tibetan prayer flags at the top of Kachina Peak. - ©Donny O'Neill