I've been busy.
I've also been absent. Ethel and I left here (Purgatory) over a week ago, for a tour of six mountains in eight days. We managed that, although it wore us out : )
We spent three of those days at Taos, which makes plenty of sense - there is an awful lot of Taos to ski, as Vanna Ethel is showing us here at the trail map:
Some of this terrain has to be hiked up to, such as the West Basin ridgeline, from which one can ski down chutes like this one, Upper Stauffenberg - here's my ski buddy Chris Hughes standing at the top of US:
I was standing just to skier's right of Chris when I took this shot, pointing straight down at my ski tips:
I was referring to these chutes as "coulettes", as they are sort of baby versions of Corbett's Couloir. If I were to ski at Taos for a full season, then I might be ready for Corbett's at the end.
Chris and I also hiked the Highline Ridge and hopped down Juarez and Hidalgo chutes, and Ethel took some video (I had decided that it was best if Ethel wasn't looking when we dropped into Stauffenberg, so there is no video of that : ) In this video, I've dropped off the cornice and am skiing down some pretty steep stuff, when - after six turns - my pole gets stuck in the snow, and I have to stop while it rolls down to me : )
I really like the terrain at Taos - however, Crested Butte has some of the same extreme type of terrain, and it's lift served! - now, that sound like a good thing, but then I think - if it's lift served, then won't I ski that stuff more often?...like, until it kills me? : )