The Taos Ski Valley Via Ferrata, situated at 11,500 feet in the sub-alpine ecosystem of Kachina Peak, features beginner through advanced via ferrata route challenges, a 100-foot skybridge, and a double-cable catwalk. Novice climbers can experience the thrill of cabled mountain travel under the supervision of a guide, and progress to vertical terrain with spectacular views of the Rio Hondo and Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Please respect our Covid-Safe Practices following state mandates, and prepare to wear a mask and gloves while on the route.
We are currently booking guided tours, leaving daily at 8:45am and 12:45am. To reserve your spot please call Taos Sports at 575.776.5330. In order to comply with Covid-Safe Practices, tour groups are limited to four people or less. All guests must reserve a spot 45 minutes in advance and complete a waiver prior to getting on the route. Guides will call guests the afternoon before a tour with more information and complete an on-mountain safety orientation prior to starting the tour. Tours include a voucher for a free food item at The Bavarian.
SAngre de cristo skybridge tour (3 Hours)
Our introduction to Via Ferrata. You will get to experience a great selection of beginner and intermediate routes, including our show-stopping traverse across an 100’ skybridge suspended 50' in the air. Along the way, our guides will share information and stories about the history, culture, and natural environment that make Taos Ski Valley so unique.
The K Chutes Tour (3 Hours)
Challenge yourself on our more intermediate and advanced Via Ferrata Routes with some of the most iconic rock faces on Kachina Peak. As part of this tour you will experience the thrill of traversing across a 30' Double Cable Catwalk, suspended 20' in the air.
The Kachina Peak Full Day Tour (6 HOURS)
This tour will be tailored to fit the desires of each group, combining aspects of both the Sangre de Cristo Skybridge and the K Chutes tours.
What is a via ferrata?
"Via Ferrata" is Italian for iron path, and describes a climbing route made up of steel cables, handholds, and ladders permanently fixed into the rock and used to guide participants through a designated route.
Are there physical requirements to go on the via ferrata?
Guests must weigh between 88 and 264 pounds, in good physical condition, able to climb a vertical ladder, and be 12 years of age or older. Guests 10 or 11 years old may participate with a private guide.
When are trips available?
Trips are currently offered daily. Starting after Labor Day, we will switch to our fall schedule, and only offer tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, through October 4th when we close down for the season.
Do I need climbing experience?
No! Via Ferratas are a great introduction to climbing, providing you a safe environment to explore the summer alpine landscape.
Do I need a guide?
Yes. All guests must have a guide to climb on the routes.
What happens if there is inclement weather?
If we are unable to start a tour, we will provide a full refund. If we have to turn back due to weather, we will offer a voucher for a future tour date.
Can I wear my own shoes?
Yes. Approach style shoes are preferred, but low-top, soft rubber athletic shoes or hiking boots are also acceptable. All shoes must be closed-toe.
What is included in the price?
Tickets include the price of a rental harness, via ferrata lanyard, and helmet, along with a voucher for a free food item from The Bavarian.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK?
Yes. We follow all state-mandated Covid-Safe Practices. Please be prepared to wear a mask while on route. We also ask that you wear gloves while climbing.
What do you recommend I bring with me?
The weather is always changing. We recommend bringing a warm layer, a waterproof jacket, water, and a few snacks. Please bring a thin pair of gloves to wear while climbing on route. If you forget a pair, we will provide them for you.
Can I carry a backpack?
Yes! You are welcome to carry a backpack as long as fits closely to the body and has minimal hanging straps.
How long wiLL the trip take?
There are two options for trips: either a 3 hour or a 6 hour guided tour.
How many people can be in my group?
Due to Covid-Safe Practices, groups are limited to a maximum of 4 guests and a guide.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations made with 48 hours notice will receive a full refund. If cancelled within the 48 hour window, guests will receive a voucher for a future tour date.
The K Chutes
We are proud to say that our Via Ferrata course has been trained in Covid-Safe Practices and is NM Safe Certified.