Kachina Peaks

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Kachina Peaks

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

Administrator: Y.C.

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Marjorie Bowl

There are a couple of different lines down Marjorie Bowl, but the main line follows the ridge line down the fall line.  The top part of this descent is very steep and often directly under a cornice. Proper terrain management is a must. You want to make sure that you have seen the route and you know that the line goes through. The main lines to skiers left are most often filled in, whereas there are alternate routes to skiers right that do not always get filled in.  The apron of the descent pans out and often the snow will change at the exit where it opens up.  Because these are north facing couliors, they are often shaded and the snow is firmer. There are no trees to hold the snow, so be prepared for variable conditions.

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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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