Now that the ski area is closed, we skinned to the top of Kachina and then traversed the ridge to Lake Fork.
Jason making his way along the traverse
Overcast skies had us worried that conditions would be icy. We were pleasantly surprised to find a few inches of fresh snow. The clouds actually helped keep it soft all day long.
taking a break just below Lake Fork's summit
Sarah making quick work of Lake Fork's SE face
Sarah, Jason, Sam, and Aaron
After climbing back up to the summit, we then skied the NE face.
more soft snow!
climbing up to gain the east-running ridge between Lake Fork and Kachina
looking at our tracks in the north facing chute we skied off the ridge (photo taken after we had climbed back up to Kachina's ridge)
Our final climb of the day took us up a steep, exposed chute to gain the ridge to Kachina. We all agreed that we need to go back to ski the line. Some day.
Sarah taking a few exposed steps near the top. Earlier in the day, Jason and I cut off a chunk of the cornice to make the exit easier.
Sarah is happy to put the last of the day's climbing behind her.
making our way back to the top of Kachina for one last run
Sarah, Nina, and Bandit posing on the summit of Kachina. If you've spent much time at Taos Ski Valley, you'd likely recognize Bandit. She's an awesome Siberian Husky who owns the place. She spent the entire day with us, summiting Lake Fork and Kachina twice each.
Sarah, Jason, Aaron, Nina, and Bandit ending the day on Hunziker