Big rocks and cliffs; a foolish choice.


Analysing terrain data











The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.


Curiously, the Taos Ski Valley trail map mentions Dahl-Bredine's in the description of Kachina Peak, but it's not on the map.

Where it would be on the map is a red shaded off-limits area with K1 mistakenly going right through it.

It's a good thing they don't tell you where it is because it's a femur-breaking gamble across rocks and off a cliff.

Still, there are some people you just can't discourage.

The cliff has been hit in extreme contests and at least one of these incidents ended ugly.

There is one line known as Sasha's (one of Jean Mayer's sons) that finds an escape off a small ledge but if you go looking for it and don't find it, you might as well pitch a tent because you aren't leaving anytime soon.

The ski patrol has put in anchors to rope people down.

The spot is named after Chris Dahl-Bredine, who got dragged over it in an avalanche.

These days you might see him flying above his big rock in an ultralight.