What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Dobish on April 03, 2010
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The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top. The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45. The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent. No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.[more]
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