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.