Backcountry Skiing
Skiing fresh power in the Nambe basin, Santa Fe New Mexico
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Climb Like a Girl
Women’s rock climbing classes and trips in New Mexico and Utah
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Ski Mountaineering
Ski touring and mountaineering in the Alps, Ortler Chevedale Italy
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New Mexico Climbing
Multi-pitch rock climbing in the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico
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Backcountry Skiing
Finding deep cold smoke at Red Mountain Pass, Colorado
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Rock Climbing New Mexico
On the summit of the Shield after a winter ascent, Sandia Mountains New Mexico
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The Alps
Rock climbing in the Dolomites of Italy
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Alpine Trips
Custom alpine climbing trips worldwide, pictured; the Bugaboos Canada
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Ice Climbing
Learning to ice climb in Ouray Colorado
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Alpine Trips
Mountaineering adventures in the world’s great ranges, pictured; Nepal Himalaya
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New Mexico Climbing
Rock climbing lessons from introductory instruction to multi-pitch adventures, Pinnacle Valley, Sandia Mountains New Mexico
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Skiing New Mexico

The high peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

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. NM ski touring prices are:

$ 325 per day for 1:1 ratio
$ 200 per person per day 2:1 ratio
$ 150 per person per day for 3:1

Prices include rental of Avalanche Beacon, Shovel and Probe

Santa Fe Ski Basin

is an excellent area with amazing access to backcountry ski terrain.  The Nambe Basin is home to many great ski lines and is literally just over the ridge from the ski area.  This backcountry terrain is the real deal, even though its just minutes from the ski area, this is steep terrain in the alpine environment.  Skiing here with a knowledgeable and experienced Suntoucher guide is a great way to enjoy this terrain for the visiting skier and local enthusiast alike.  There is also great terrain off nearby Lake Peak and Penitente Peaks.  A bit further afield yet even more breathtaking are the multiple bowls on the north and east side of Santa Fe Baldy 12, 632 ft.  Tours into this area are best done as overnight or multiday trips but can be done as long day trips as well.

Taos Mountain

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.

The Truchas Peaks

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.