Drool-Worthy Photos From This Week’s 30″ Storm at Taos

I’ve been skiing and photographing Taos, New Mexico for the better part of twenty years. I had my first adventure date with my wife there back in 2004 and celebrated my 40th birthday there too. The unrivaled terrain, beautiful light, and wonderful people make every trip special, and this one was no different.I was finishing up a week of shooting with my longtime ski partners Amie Engerbretson and Sven Brunso when a juicy-looking forecast suddenly changed our plans. Plane tickets were canceled and work meetings postponed. The storm was an over-achiever and the mountain went bottomless overnight. The storm continued to deliver and refill. Following are just a few frames of the incredible deepness we captured in this magical place at the end of the Rockies.

Amie Engerbretson at Taos Ski Valley, NM
Amie Engerbretson getting everyone on Lift 1 pumped up for their turn. The forecast predicted 6 to 8 inches overnight and the morning snow report counted 9. When they dropped in, it became clear there was quite a bit more. Photo: Liam Doran
Amie Engerbretson at Taos Ski Valley, NM
Amie paints her vapor-trail. Photo: Liam Doran

Sven Brunso at Taos Ski Valley, NM
It’s hard to believe their trip in Taos started warm, sunny, and dry. As Sven Brunso finds out, it can change real fast in the southern Rockies. Photo: Liam Doran
Sven Brunso at Taos Ski Valley, NM
Sven Brunso experiencing the good kind of low visibility, hiding in a cloud of cold smoke. Photo: Liam Doran

 

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Amie Engerbretson at Taos Ski Valley, NM
Amie Engerbretson makes her way through the snow blanketed trees. Photo: Liam Doran

Amie Engerbretson at Taos Ski Valley, NM
When the mountain goes bottomless it’s hard not to smile. Photo: Liam Doran

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Sven Brunso at Taos Ski Valley, NM
Mother Nature’s face mask. Photo: Liam Doran

Amie Engerbretson at Taos Ski Valley, NM
Amie with tips and spirits up. Photo: Liam Doran
Sven Brunso at Taos Ski Valley, NMSven emerges from the trees under Chair 2, where they continued to find untouched alleys later in the day. Photo: Liam DoranSven Brunso at Taos Ski Valley, NMPhoto: Liam Doran

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