Sandia Mountains

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Sandia Mountains

Submitted By: Dobish on April 03, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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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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This is a relatively mellow peak on one side, but the other side is known for its rock climbing so that might give you an idea about what the terrain is like. The resort is not always open, so a lot of people from Albuquerque will go out during larger snow storms and ski in the sandias.

How to Get There

There is a tram from the east side of the city that will go up to the top of Sandia Peak. You can also go for about a 50 minute drive around the back side and drive most of the way to the top

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