TSV closes upper mountain Wednesday due to winds

By Cody Hooks and Staci Matlock
chooks@taosnews.com
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 3/13/19

Update: 11 a.m. Taos Ski Valley has closed several of its lifts due to high winds. Closed lifts include Katchina Peak and Lifts 1, 2, 4, 7, 7A and 8, according to the ski valley's website. Rueggli, Pioneer and Zipper 1-4 appear to be open.

You have exceeded your story limit for this 30-day period.

Please log in to continue

Log in

TSV closes upper mountain Wednesday due to winds

Posted

Update: 2:35 p.m.  An avalanche slid down a slope at the Taos Ski Valley and crashed into a house on  Coyote Lane, according  to Taos Central Dispatch and first responders on the scene.  Early reports indicate no one was seriously injured or trapped by the avalanche, which buried a power line and damaged the roof. 

Update: 12 p.m. State Road 150 heading toward the ski valley has been re-opened, according to a TSV spokesperson.

Update: 11:20 a.m.  "Due to winds between 40-60mph and a forecast that predicts those winds to sustain throughout the remainder of the day, we have made the decision to not open the upper mountain.  Our lower mountain terrain will stay open with the Rueggli, Gondolita, and Pioneer lifts running for beginners.  At this time, traveling on Twining Road up to The Bavarian is not recommended.  The Phoenix and The Bavarian are not open for lunch.  192, TFK, Rhoda’s and Mucho Gusto Donuts are open for the day," said TSV spokesperson Dash Hegeman. 

Update: 11 a.m. Taos Ski Valley has closed several of its lifts due to high winds. Closed lifts include Katchina Peak and Lifts 1, 2, 4, 7, 7A and 8, according to the ski valley's website. Rueggli, Gondolita, and Pioneer lifts are open.

Update: 9:50 a.m. Vehicles stuck on mountainous roadways around Taos County — including State Roads 150 and 518, and U.S. 64 — may be waiting a while. Chatter on Taos Central Dispatch indicates tow trucks are tied up with other calls.

Update: 9:16 a.m. The state highway department  temporarily closed State Road 518 at U.S. Hill southeast of Taos Wednesday morning to assist a semi-truck that jackknifed at mile marker 57 and to allow snow plows to clear the road, according to a report heard on Taos Central Dispatch. 

Drivers are urged to find alternate routes or wait for awhile before attempting to drive the road.

A large boulder also rolled onto State Road 518 on Holman Hill between mile marker 39 and 40, according to the state highway department. Drivers are urged to use caution in the area as more rocks and  boulders could slide off the steep wet hillsides along the road. 

Snow continues to blanket Taos County and much of northcentral and northeastern New Mexico as a storm rolls through. It is expected to dump several more inches of snow in the mountains around Taos through Wednesday. 

Several cars were stuck on State Road 150 to Taos Ski Valley Wednesday morning as calls went out for help pulling them out.  In addition,  one vehicle slid into the river off the road, though no injuries were reported, according to central dispatch.

Heavy rainfall also is causing rocks to slide onto the road through Cimarron Canyon on U.S. 64. Crews are clearing the road.  

According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, snow showers will continue into Thursday evening and temperatures will bottom out in the teens for the rest of the week.

Comments


Private mode detected!

In order to read our site, please exit private/incognito mode or log in to continue.