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Winter Activities in Carson National Forest
Taos Ski Valley, Red River and Sipapu Ski areas are all located on portions of the National Forest and provide down hill and nordic skiing. Plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding also exist on the Carson.
Don't Go Out Alone
Please do not cross-country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile alone if you are inexperienced and /or unfamiliar with the terrain. Most shops which rent equipment can also advise you on trails. If you do go out alone, be sure to notify someone where you are going, and when you expect to return. Also, be sure to notify this person on your return.
Beware of Hazards
Many people are unaware of the hazards of winter recreation. A "Winter Recreation Safety Guide" is available at all Forest Service Offices. Ask about possible trail closures, avalanche hazards, weather conditions, and new trails not shown on the map.
Avalanches can occur at any time during the winter. Avoid mountainous terrain after heavy snowfalls or prolonged period of high wind. Stay on the windblown side of ridges. Avoid crossing steep side hills and entering narrow, steep canyons.
Extreme avalanche hazards exist through out the Williams Lake area. Back-country travel is not recommended due to frequent avalanches. (USGS Quad: Wheeler Peak)