Kachina Peaks

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Kachina Peaks

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

Administrator: Y.C.

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Colorado » Rocky Mountain National Park

Dragon’s Tail Couloir

This is a straight forward descent, make sure you are in the right couloir.  There are cliffs and hazards all around this area.  It is a steep, 50 degree, ski run that can be dangerous.  Timing is important on a ski descent like this one.  The Left side is wider and a little less steep compared to the right side of the Y.  There are safety zones the whole way down.

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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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