Kachina Peaks

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Kachina Peaks

Submitted By: Y.C. on April 29, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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St. Mary’s Glacier

The descent is a mellow run that ranges between 20º and 34º.  There is a headwall on skiers right, which will put you in the glacial lake, and is prone to avalanches.  Be careful of this in with new snow, as the under layers are pretty firm and often icy.  Skier's left is a much more mellow line, that ends at a pile of rocks, where often people will leave lunches and whatnot.  In winter and spring you can ski back down the road and end up back at the car.

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The Kachina Peaks (AKA: San Francisco Peaks) are the tallest mountains in Arizona with some amazing backcountry.  One can find anything from cirques to chutes and long runs.  Even though this is Arizona, there is still high avalanche risks.  The only avalanche caused fatality in this desert state was in these mountains, be educated.   Every person needs a free permit from the U.S. Forest Service which can be obtained at the Peaks Ranger District.

How to Get There

The mountains are the largest peaks to the north of Flagstaff, Arizona.  From Flagstaff there is a few ways to reach the ski lines depending on what you are trying to do.  The easiest way is from the ski area, but if the ski area is not open it can be difficult to get to the backcountry ski runs.   There is also the east side from Lockett Meadow Rd which can be accessed from Hwy 89 or if the roads are open from the north via the Abineau trail.

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