Just in time for the weekend visitors celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as more snow in the forecast, Taos Ski Valley has opened the Kachina Peak Lift.
Just in time for the weekend visitors celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as more snow in the forecast, Taos Ski Valley has opened the Kachina Peak Lift today (Jan. 16). The resort opened the double-black diamond run last week but that was for hikers only.
The lift's higher elevation makes its operating hours different than the lower lifts. The Kachina Peak Lift runs from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. And the lift's service is always weather-dependent.
"Our ski patrol team and lift operations and maintenance crew did a phenomenal job getting Kachina ready," said Dash Hegemen, marketing manager at Taos Ski Valley.
The triple chair rises 1,100 feet in approximately five minutes. Expert skiers and riders are dropped off at the top of Main Street. The iconic prayer flags on Kachina Peak (12,481') – which is the picture-worthy spot of thousands of selfies on social media – is a 200-yard walk from the top of the lift.
"For many people, Kachina Peak symbolizes everything they love about Taos Ski Valley. With its sprawling, majestic views and its rugged, unfiltered terrain, Kachina has been a rite of passage for fans of Taos for decades. We are thrilled to have the lift running and to see skilled, adventure-seeking skiers and snowboarders enjoying that storied terrain," said Hegemen.
The next winter storm system is forecasted to swing through New Mexico late Thursday night (Jan. 17) through the day Friday, bringing valley rain and mountain snow. The National Weather Service–Albuquerque reported that uncertainty about snow accumulation remains given the timing of this system.
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