receive over 200 inches of snow every season and typical of New Mexico, abundant sunshine. Because of their high altitude, 12,000-13,000ft, the backcountry in these mountains offers fantastic powder skiing and good spring ski touring from January to April and sometimes even in May. There are several worthwhile ski mountaineering objectives in the New Mexico high country. The backcountry adjacent to the Santa Fe and Taos ski areas make for excellent day tours as well as two to three day tours. The Truchas Peaks located halfway between Santa Fe and Taos are seldom visited in the winter and offer another great venue for ski mountaineering adventures.
is a world-class ski area and the backcountry terrain located nearby is equally worthy. Lake Fork Peak and New Mexico’s highest peak, Wheeler Peak at 13,161 ft, offer many excellent ski descents accessed from the Williams Lake Basin. The terrain is varied and situated so that several faces and couloirs can be skied in the same day. The Bavarian style village of Taos Ski Valley and the St. Bernard Restaurant make for a great end point to enjoy a fine German beer after a spectacular day of skiing in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. The après ski atmosphere is almost Alps like in character.
area is a beautiful and isolated massif in one of the more remote corners of the New Mexico backcountry. There are five separate summits amongst these peaks that are above 13,000 ft. The Truchas are characterized by amazing solitude rugged beauty and long steep couloirs. A base camp can be made in the upper Quemado valley from which several ski mountaineering objectives can be accomplished in a 3-day trip.