Monthly Archives: August 2014

Thank You.

If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past few months, it is this: every time there is an opportunity to talk about Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and its future, you can count on Ski Club members and the Los Alamos community to come together and vocalize their support for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area while lauding its past and cheering its future.

Last night was no different.

Over 60 people attended last night’s public meeting. Hosted by Santa Fe National Forest, the purpose of this meeting was to provide an overview of our proposed temporary pipeline while offering a forum for community members to ask questions and provide the Forest Service with feedback about this important project.

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who participated and for those who took the time to write letters to the Santa Fe National Forest in support of the temporary pipeline. Six months ago, when I was first introduced to the Los Alamos Ski Club and its Board of Directors, I walked into a room full of strangers. Last night, I walked into a room full of people I knew – guys from the Tuesday Night Chainsaw Crew, Los Alamos Ski Club board members, Los Alamos County representatives, individuals and families I’ve met along the way who share a common passion for this ski area. Once again, I was blown away by your commitment to Pajarito (as were the representatives from the Forest Service), and I was encouraged and moved by that support. Thank you.

For those of you unable to attend last night’s meeting, we provided an overview of this temporary pipeline project, which involves using an HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) pipeline to transport water from Los Alamos Reservoir to the ski area. Our intention is to use this pipeline to fill Pajarito’s pond for snowmaking and fire mitigation purposes. As we discussed in last night’s meeting, this project is temporary. We heard questions from participants who asked “how temporary” this pipeline would be and, as part of our agreement with the Forest Service, this project would be limited to 12 months.

Others in the meeting asked about Return Flow Credits, and I have attached a copy of that study: Return Flow Analysis (C.Leaf)-1

I also received an excellent question about our entity, Pajarito Recreation, LP – namely, “who are you?” Rest assured that the same group that met with you and your Board last spring is the exact same team who is working hard today to make Pajarito succeed.  Nothing has changed – our commitment to Pajarito, the Los Alamos Ski Club, and the Los Alamos Community; our intent to be open by Thanksgiving and, later, for daily operations for the 2014-2015 winter season; our plan to secure the future of skiing and snowboarding in Los Alamos.

Thanks again to everyone who showed their support for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The representatives from Santa Fe National Forest were extremely impressed by those represented at last night’s meeting, and they took away some very constructive feedback from you all. Your comments and questions were well-thought-out and helpful in this process, and we look forward to taking the next steps forward with the National Forest, Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Ski Club and, of course, all of you.

Show Your Support Tonight!

Just a reminder that there is a public meeting tonight, August 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Kelly Hall, about our proposed temporary pipeline. This event is hosted by Santa Fe National Forest and I will also be at the meeting to help answer questions about this important project. We would love to see your support as we demonstrate to the Santa Fe National Forest team how committed we are to securing skiing, snowboarding and the future at Pajarito – both for the 2014-2015 winter season and beyond!

To read a few of the questions we’ve received so far, please check out this post. We look forward to seeing you tonight!

Public Meeting August 25

This Monday, August 25, the Santa Fe National Forest will hold a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Kelly Hall, to answer questions about our proposed temporary pipeline. In light of this, we wanted to address a few questions we’ve already received. Feel free to post additional questions or comments in the section below – or know that we will be at this public meeting next week to answer your questions in person.

This pipeline is, in fact, temporary. The Forest Service will allow us to utilize our proposed pipeline for no more than 12 months. This transitory solution allows us to guarantee what the Los Alamos Ski Club and the Los Alamos Community have asked us, together with the County, to do – secure a ski and snowboarding season for the 2014-2015 winter while we continue to evaluate and explore more permanent options.

Transferring water from Los Alamos Reservoir and/or the Los Alamos County water tank to the holding pond at Pajarito Mountain is currently the most viable option and provides the least impact on the mountain, the Pajarito staff, and the Los Alamos community. The water that we’re talking about using is less than one percent of the total annual allocation in Los Alamos County. Furthermore, not only will this water support and supply the ski area’s snowmaking efforts, it would also provide a ready and available source of water for fire mitigation purposes.

Our priority has, and always will be, skiing and snowboarding. As you know, creating a full ski and snowboard season will not only mean that tens of thousands of guests will be on Pajarito slopes during the winter, it will also create jobs for local residents while generating an economic impact in the local community that will be worth millions. Ski Club members will return to these slopes while we bring new guests, both from New Mexico and beyond, to this mountain, our community’s restaurants, attractions and hotels. Kids will follow in their parents’ and grandparents’ footsteps (or ski tracks) while carrying the tradition of skiing in Los Alamos; some will learn to race – and win – on ski teams. The benefits go on and on.

Just over three months ago, over 90% of the Los Alamos Ski Club members at the May 16th meeting voted to continue operations at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area by transferring the ski area to the County and our Group, and we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. We were moved by the stories of how Pajarito shaped the lives of individuals and families for generations. We were proud to be a part of Pajarito’s story – both now and its future.

Now we ask you, Los Alamos Ski Club members, both past and present, as well as anyone who, like us, want to see Pajarito thrive and succeed: please join us on August 25 and lend us your support again as we take this next important step toward a full winter season at Pajarito.