Monthly Archives: June 2014

Season Pass Sale to be Announced Soon


We’ve received many questions about Pajarito’s season passes for the 2014-2015 winter. The details for this sale are still being worked out, but here is what we know so far:

Season passes will be available for purchase very soon. We expect the sale to begin no later than July 8, 2014.

An Adult Premium Pass will start at $299. This will include unlimited access (no blackout dates) at both Pajarito and Sipapu, and Premium Passes will include Passholder Perks, which include three free days at each partner ski area (a full list of partners is listed below). This pass is created for skiers and snowboarders who want to hit the slopes as often as they can at ski areas in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country.

Only Premium Passes will offer Passholder Perks. Here are the 27 ski areas that Sipapu currently partners with, and we anticipate having agreements in place with all of these ski areas on behalf of Pajarito by the time our passes go on sale:

Premium Passholders will receive 3 free days at each of the following mountains: Red River Ski Area, Ski Apache, Grand Targhee Resort (with lodging purchase), Sunlight Mountain Resort, Ski Cooper, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, Brian Head Resort, Eagle Point Ski Resort, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Kendall Mountain, Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Silver Mountain Resort, Labrador Mountain, Sunburst Ski Area, Little Switzerland, Mount Bohemia, Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area, Catalooche Ski Area, Indianhead Mountain, Blackjack Ski Resort, Mission Ride Ski & Board Resort, Eaglecrest Ski Area and Ski Mystic Deer Mountain.

Premium Passholders will also receive 3 half-day tickets at: Arizona Snowbowl and Sundown Mountain Resort.

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An Adult Value Pass will be available starting at $199.
This will include limited access to Pajarito (blackout dates will be December 22-23, 2014; December 27-31, 2014; January 2-3, 2015; March 8-12, 2015 and March 15-19, 2015) and will not include Passholder Perks. This pass is ideal for skiers and snowboarders who want to ski at Pajarito only this winter and don’t mind the added restrictions.

We will also offer a Family Pass, which will be perfect for families looking for the most affordable way to ski or snowboard this winter. Like the Value Pass, the Family Pass will offer limited access to Pajarito (with the same blackout dates as listed above) and will not include Passholder Perks. Family passes are good for immediate family members, all living together and supported by the same income. The first and second pass may be purchased for any age, and the remaining passes are valid for dependent children ages 19 and younger only.

For the first time, Pajarito will also offer a Sunday only pass, which will be fantastic for those who want the freedom of a season pass and don’t mind limiting it to Sundays. There are no Sunday blackout dates on this pass.

We will continue to offer adult, child, student and senior season passes. Our plan is to discontinue the “dependent” pass (although our student pass will be available for guests ages 13-20, college students of any age who are enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours, and graduate students of any age who are enrolled in a minimum of 6 graduate hours).

You will be able to purchase your pass in the exact same ways you have done in the past: online at, by phone at 505-662-5725 or at the administrative office at the mountain.

Know that we are committed to communicating the pass sale launch, the pass sale pricing and deadlines to you. Once the season passes go on sale – and throughout the season pass sale period – we will keep you informed via email, at, on the Pajarito Facebook page and through this blog. Please continue to let us know how we can make this information available to you, and we look forward to this next step toward the 2014-2015 winter season!

Pajarito Ski Patrol, Its Past and Its Future

Pajarito is known for many things: National Geographic has named it one of the nation’s “Best Secret Ski Towns,” skiers and snowboarders readily point out its excellent fall line and unparalleled bump skiing, and Los Alamos residents understand its importance to the very fabric of the community.

Pajarito is also known for its ski patrol, and rightfully so. Like the ski area itself, this group has an impressive history and an outstanding reputation. Formed in February 1949 – just one short decade after the National Ski Patrol was established – the Pajarito Ski Patrol team provides emergency and rescue services for skiers and snowboarders. They are the first personnel on the lifts each day as well as the first responders when someone is hurt or needs assistance. Their skills are impressive  and their training is rigorous, and ski patrol members are well versed in specialized techniques that most of us don’t do, such as toboggan transportation, chairlift evacuation and avalanche search and rescue. Patrollers are responsible not only for helping injured guests but also promoting safety, and they help set up the mountain early in the morning and provide a final sweep at the end of the day.

In addition to all of this, what makes the Pajarito Ski Patrol so unique is the commitment of its membership. Earlier this year, Pajarito’s Ski Patrol recognized the late Boyd Sherwood for 40 years of service: four decades of helping guests, treating injuries, soothing fears, preventing accidents. And what’s even more remarkable is how many patrollers are following in Boyd’s footsteps, dedicating their winters, season after season, to serve on the Pajarito Ski Patrol.

The late Boyd Sherwood, grandfather figure of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol and keeper of the patrol sleds. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hylok
The late Boyd Sherwood, grandfather figure of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol. Sherwood was recognized earlier last March for 40 years of ski patrol service at Pajarito. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hylok.

What’s more is the Pajarito Ski Patrol is 100% volunteer. These men and women (and youth – Pajarito has an esteemed Junior Patrol program as well) use their personal time to support this effort, and they take incredible pride in their work and their mountain. As a ski area operator, I understand the vital importance of ski patrol and am grateful for the Pajarito Ski Patrol and its commitment to excellence.

I am also thankful to have the opportunity to work with someone like Bill Somers, Pajarito’s Ski Patrol Director. I recently had the opportunity to meet with Tom and Bill, and Bill is already thinking about next year, how we will continue this tradition of excellence when we move to daily operations, how he will continue to train and lead his patrol staff. I know there are many questions to be answered, but one thing is for certain: we are committed to having the best ski patrol in the state, and with Bill and Tom’s leadership, I am confident we will succeed.