What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Dobish on April 03, 2010
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Depending on snow cover, it may be possible to descend NE off the summit to the open snow field above the NE couloir. You can also descent east off the summit and traverse skiers left to the snow field above the NE couloir. When we skied it, the couloir narrowed about half way down the face to about 6 feet (this of course will vary with timing/snow conditions). Once thru the narrow section, you're basically at the top of the apron, so let 'em rip!!
For extra credit, climb and ski one of the north facing couloirs on North Star Mountain on the way back to the car.
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