Monthly Archives: January 2016

Crazy Mother Opens Tomorrow!

We’re excited to announce the opening of our terrain park, Crazy Mother, tomorrow!  This will be the first time in three years that we’ve opened this park, and our crew is working tirelessly to provide you with the best place to hit jumps and rails.

Crazy Mother in progress: this photo was taken earlier this week when we began grooming the park and building features.
Crazy Mother in progress: this photo was taken earlier this week when we began grooming the park and building features.

For those of you who haven’t experienced it, Crazy Mother is aptly named: the park is not for the faint of heart. This is by far our largest park, and it includes several big jumps – plus one of the biggest tabletops in the state.

For those still building their park skills, rest assured: this year, our jumps will feature a dual ramp take-off system that is designed for all ability levels.  This will include a small takeoff for those starting out and looking to build their confidence, as well as a larger take-off for our seasoned vets.  We are hoping this will encourage everyone who has ever wanted to learn how to hit terrain park features to do so.

IMG_0679-1If rails are more you’re thing, we will be adding an S- Rail, an X Box, and potentially one or two other rail types.  In addition, we will have out lower mountain rail park (the Rail Yard) set up on the Beginners’ Hill.

The Rail Yard park will offer beginners a less intimidating place to learn new tricks and about park etiquette.  Be sure to visit it if you want to learn how to properly hit boxes and rails before moving up to the features in Crazy Mother.

See you at Pajarito – and on Crazy Mother! – tomorrow!

Senior Thursdays at Pajarito

Today’s seniors made skiing popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and it’s this same generation that built Pajarito. I’m proud to announce that our ski school has introduced a new way for seniors to socialize and ski together – and for this coming Thursday, January 28, participation in this group will be absolutely FREE.

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Photo courtesy of Leslie Bucklin

Every Thursday from 8:30 until noon, a group of seniors – together with Level 3 certified ski school instructors – will ski Pajarito together. The day begins at 8:30 in the main lodge, where participants enjoy coffee, refreshments and conversation before heading to the lifts at 9 a.m. From there, the group – together with our veteran instructors – will explore Pajarito’s slopes while taking in the pristine views and the companionship that comes when you’re skiing with friends (at this point, we’re offering ski instruction only – if you are interested in snowboarding, please contact us at the information provided below). During these Thursday meet-ups, our instructors will be available to offer guidance, coaching, equipment insight, technique and conditioning based on requests from the participants.

We expect this group to gather every Thursday through the end of the ski season. Please note that this FREE meet-up does not include a lift ticket (which is $49 for adults and $42 for guests ages 60 and older. Guests who are 70 years or older receive a free lift ticket everyday). No registration is necessary – just come to the lodge between 8:30 and 9:00 this Thursday (and every Thursday this season.)

We think this program is a perfect opportunity not only for our guests to socialize with other active seniors, but to enjoy top-quality skiing and receive insight from some of our best instructors.

For more information, please contact snowsports@skipajarito.com or call 505-577-7245.

Townsight Opens on Saturday!

I’m very excited to announce that Pajarito’s Townsight lift and the east area of our mountain will open this Saturday, Sunday and Monday!

What’s more is that for the first time in many years, we’ll have nearly 100% of our terrain open! (West Side Ma Bell and Gene’s Choice remain closed until we clear the downed trees).

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This will be the first time since 2010 we’ve operated this lift. As many of you know, the top terminal of Townsight – along with several acres of the eastern edge of our mountain – burned during the Las Conchas Fire in 2011. Thanks to the hard work of our staff, the ski club volunteers and our local community, we were able to rebuild the station and clean up the slopes affected by the fire – and we couldn’t be more proud to finally debut everything this Saturday.

Townsight is known for having some of the best tree skiing on the mountain – people absolutely love it over there (and I do, too). Our plan is to have this lift and the trails serviced by Townsight open every Saturday and Sunday this season.

Townsight Lift looks great! Photo taken January 13, 2015.
Townsight Lift looks great! Photo taken January 14, 2015.

As a way to celebrate the lift opening, the snow and – quite frankly – one of the best seasons in recent history, Pajarito will be rolling out two new deals we think you’re going to love:

Wednesdays will be Car Load Days, where everyone in one car (up to six people) will ski for just $99. Click here for more information, and be sure to ask for the deal at the ticket window!

Thursdays are Local Appreciation Days, and we’re discounting lift tickets for everyone: $39 for adults, teens and seniors, and $29 for kids! No ID required for this one – you could be from Los Alamos, Oklahoma City or even Rome, and you still get the local’s discount. Just ask for it at the window. Click here for more details.

As a reminder, Pajarito is open every Wednesday through Sunday, and for the holiday weekend, we’ll be open Monday, January 18, too. Tomorrow, January 15, the County will have a mandatory power outage from 8:00 to 8:15 a.m. If you’re at the ticket window or in our restaurant during this time, please bear with us during the outage and the time following when we re-boot our system.

On Saturday, don’t miss the FREE Ski Bike Demo Day and our first Beer & Band of the season, too! Click here for information on these and other upcoming events.

There’s so much excitement at Pajarito – we’re eager to share it with you! See you this weekend on Townsight!

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month at Pajarito

January marks an important month in our industry: Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Recognized  by ski areas world-wide, this important initiative is designed to encourage first-time skiers and snowboarders to give snow sports a try – and, more importantly, to do it under the care and guidance of a professional ski school instructor. I often see well-intentioned friends/spouses/neighbors/etc. teaching their friends/spouses/neighbors how to ski or ride, and I’m here to tell you: the best way to learn is to do it with a professional instructor.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Bucklin
Photo courtesy of Leslie Bucklin

Pajarito is participating in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in a few ways:

As part of Ski New Mexico’s and KOAT’s Kids Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program (click here to read about it), kids ages 6-12 can enjoy a beginner lift ticket, full-day rental and 2 hour group lesson for just $50. This promotion is designed for first-time skiers and snowboarders and is available at Pajarito every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through January 31, 2016.

Pajarito also offers group packages everyday we’re open (Wednesdays through Sundays and holidays). For just over the cost of an adult lift ticket, guests of all ages can enjoy a full-day lift ticket, rental and a 2 hour group lesson. For our full list of ski school packages, please click here.

I’m proud of our ski school – we have an exceptionally high number of PSIA certified instructors, and these men and women are committed to providing the best ski school around. With our proximity to the Los Alamos National Lab, there’s an excellent chance your instructor could be a scientist, too.

Also, I think some of the best times to learn happen on POWDER days – Pajarito picked up 4″ last night, and it looks like we could have snow through the weekend! Click here for the latest forecast.

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