The iconic Kachina Peak at Taos Ski Valley was only accessible by hiking up until this year when a new lift opened the mountain up to all. At 1,100 feet, the only runs down are double black diamond.
Ski Magazine gave it a try and determined the easiest route down from Kachina Peak is Main Street. For those more adventurous, “head left down the ridge from the top of the lift to the K Chutes.” For maximum intensity, the magazine says to go to your far right across Main Street and over to Hunziker Chute and Dogleg.
The Ski Magazine feature recommends that everyone should check out the summit since the lift drops you just below it. They comment on the breathtaking views in all directions – “south to Lake Fork Peak, east to Wheeler Peak, north to the Colorado border, and west to the Rio Grande Gorge and the San Juans.
And, of course, no day on the slopes is complete without a stop at the lodge, Ski Magazine suggests that guests visit the Bavarian Lodge serving a “properly Germanic array of sausage, schnitzel, and Spaten.”