Kachina Peak – Taos, NM

The Kachina Peak lift was constructed in 2014 and only opens occasionally as conditions permit.
The bottom terminal is a Skytrac Monarch model.
Loading area.
Lift line seen from the bottom terminal.
Skytrac towers and chairs.
Tower 1.
Upper terminal seen from below.
There are a dozen towers total.
Upper half of the lift.
The lower station seen from Highline Ridge.
Top station and breakover towers.
Most of the lift line.
The entire lift.
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5 thoughts on “Kachina Peak – Taos, NM

  1. Paul Manafort July 11, 2019 / 11:58 pm

    Steeper than Chair 6 at Crystal?

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    • Donald Reif July 12, 2019 / 1:27 pm

      I think Gold Hill at Telluride would be a better lift to be making comparisons to.

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  2. Upper Dynamo September 22, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    The vertical rise of the lift divided by its line length makes for an admittedly imperfect measure of steepness, but is useful nonetheless.The higher the number the “steeper” the lift. The Kachina is a .46, among the highest I’ve seen. Crystal Mountain’s #6 checks in at .36-substantially less steep. Telluride’s Gold Hill lift is a.40, and is slightly bested by Telluride’s Revelation at .43. I guess it’s stating the obvious that any flat spots along a lift’s rise is a killer for the steepness rating!

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    • Donald Reif September 22, 2019 / 1:20 pm

      The shorter the line length and the greater the vertical rise, the steeper the lift is on average. (e.g. the Beaver Run SuperChair is a .17 on that scale, and the Kensho SuperChair is a .25; the latter is 3,100 feet shorter than the former in distance traveled)

      Downhill spots might also factor into the steepness rating.

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  3. Upper Dynamo September 22, 2019 / 1:04 pm

    Of course now this is top of mind…
    Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky is a .51. No towers certainly an indicator there!

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