Wheeler Peak

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yaktoleft13
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Wheeler Peak

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Anyone been down in the Taos area and had eyes on Wheeler recently? Looking for conditions. Thanks!
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Taos Ski Resort has reported 22 inches of snow in the last few days.
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I was just in the mountains near there and there was about a foot plus of powder. Watch the conditions closely because both routes can have some significant avy danger. My gut says it would not be safe right now. I live in Santa Fe and have climbed Wheeler a bunch in the winter. You can PM if I can answer any questions.
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Agree with desertdog. The avy risk is probably very high up there right now.
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That's what I figured, but wanted to see if anyone had first hand knowledge. Thanks all!
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Re: Wheeler Peak

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And that area does get its extra share of snow, fyi. I've been there three times, once conditions were good, and twice I turned around due to what I considered hazardous conditions, on days where weather was generally ok, or just lighter snow in Santa Fe or Sandia Mountains further south.
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