Monthly Archives: March 2016

Pajarito’s 2016-2017 Season Passes On Sale Now!


By Stacey Glaser, Marketing Director

Pajarito’s 2016-2017 season passes are on sale now, and we are unveiling the most impressive season pass lineup yet! Plus, we’re rolling out some very big improvements – both to our passes and our resorts, including:

Payment plan: every pass now includes the payment plan option! The only season pass payment plan in New Mexico, this option offers 0% financing and easy automatic payments! Learn more.

Another $10 million capital campaign: while season pass prices are the same as last year, Pajarito will be a part of another $10 million mountain capital campaign (for a total of $20 million since 2015!) Click here to learn about the improvements coming to Pajarito, Sipapu, Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl.

Use this guide to help you select which pass is right for you, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected]

powericonThe Power Pass
The Power Pass is ideal for those who want the most ski days and the biggest perks.

Power Pass Highlights:
Unlimited skiing at Pajarito, Sipapu, Purgatory, and Arizona Snowbowl. No blackout dates!

There are a lot of different age categories on this pass, which means there are a lot of options for a discount. For example: long gone are the days that you turned 18 or graduated from school and were stuck with an adult pass price (while working your way in an entry-level job). There’s now a discounted pass for young adults ages 18-29, and another one for ages 30-36! Learn more.

This is the only pass that will give you year-round benefits, including daily access to Purgatory’s summer attractions, unlimited lift-served access at Pajarito’s mountain bike park and unlimited scenic chairlift rides at Arizona Snowbowl.

You’ll get an additional three bonus days at EACH of our preimier partner ski areas: Copper Mountain. Monarch Mountain. Loveland Ski Area. Crested Butte. And a lot more. Click here for the full list.

Buy the 2016-2017 Power Pass now!

nmpassiconpajaritoNew Mexico Pass PLUS
The New Mexico Pass PLUS provides unlimited skiing at Sipapu and Pajarito plus FREE bonus days at partner resorts, including Purgatory.

New Mexico Pass PLUS Highlights:
Get unlimited access to the state’s longest season, best fall line and favorite bump runs all on a single pass.

The New Mexico Pass PLUS includes its own set of partner ski areas, including Monarch Mountain, Grand Targhee, Ski Cooper, Sunlight and more. See the full list.

Enjoy 3 FREE days of skiing at Purgatory (available everyday!) plus unlimited (blackout dates apply) $50 lift tickets thereafter.

The New Mexico Pass PLUS also includes 50% off Pajarito’s bike & hike access!

Buy the 2016-2017 New Mexico Pass PLUS now!

nmpassiconpajNew Mexico Pass
The New Mexico Pass is identical to the New Mexico Pass PLUS except you do not receive the 3 FREE days at Purgatory – although unlimited (blackout dates apply) $50 lift tickets are still available. The 50% off Pajarito bike & hike access is not available on this pass, either.

New Mexico Pass Highlights:
If you’re looking for unlimited access to our New Mexico ski areas and don’t plan to ski at Purgatory this winter (or mountain bike at Pajarito during the summer), this is the pass for you.

Buy the 2016-2017 New Mexico Pass now!

pajaritovalueiconPajarito Value Pass
Pajarito offers a variety of value passes, including family passes and Sunday only! This is the pass to purchase if you’re interested in skiing Pajarito only and do not mind added blackout dates.

Pajarito Value Pass Highlights:
The most affordable season pass option!

Blackout dates are as follows: Dec 19-23, 2016; Dec 26-31, 2016; Jan 14-15, 2017; Feb 18-19, 2017.

Sunday passes are available every Sunday – no blackouts!

The family passes are available for families, all living in the same house and supported by the same income.

Buy a 2016-2017 Pajarito Value Pass now!

Winter is Not Over at our Sister Resorts

After a successful 87 days of operation, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area suspended its 2015-2016 winter season yesterday, March 20, 2016. It was appropriate that our final scheduled day would be the first day of spring, since it was looking very spring-like in our base area!

And while winter may be on hold at Pajarito, it continues at our sister resorts. As a matter of fact, all Pajarito passholders may present their 2015-2016 season pass at Purgatory, Sipapu and Arizona Snowbowl and receive a free lift ticket. Whether you purchased a Power Pass, a value pass or a family pass, this offer is available to all passholders everyday now through the end of the 2015-2016 winter season.

Spring at Purgatory! Present your 2015-2016 season pass and receive FREE skiing at Purgatory, Sipapu and Snowbowl.
Spring at Purgatory! Present your 2015-2016 season pass and receive FREE skiing at Purgatory, Sipapu and Snowbowl.

As I think about Pajarito’s winter, I can’t help but be reminded of a few important milestones and memorable highlights:

* For the first time ever, we filled nearly all 10 million gallons of water in our holding pond, which allowed us to fully utilize our snowmaking system. As a result, on November 27, 2015 (White Friday!) we opened our slopes. This marked one of the earliest starts in recent history.

* We expanded our operating schedule. In 2016, we opened every Wednesday through Sunday (plus holidays), which was first for us. This ski area used to be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and we were excited to add additional ski days to the calendar. We’re working our way to daily operations – this new schedule put us one step closer to that goal.

* As our mountain operations continue to expand, the Los Alamos Ski Club continues to evolve, too. This vital network of volunteers remains very involved in our ski area, from sponsoring and promoting events to providing financial assistance for after school programs. Over the last two years, we’ve seen many things change, but our partnership with the Los Alamos Ski Club remains as steadfast as ever.

* Our runoff collection is going extremely well so far.  In about four more days of pumping, we will replace all the water we used for snowmaking last November.  

I want to also take this time to thank our staff for their dedication and hard work. We consistently receive fantastic feedback from our guests about your level of service – thank you for bringing your A game everyday. I also want to thank the Los Alamos Ski Club and the numerous volunteers who give so much of their time and their schedule to support our shared passion: skiing and snowboarding. These volunteers continue to be the heart of our mountain, and we would not be the same – nor as successful – without them.

Finally, I want to thank you, our guests, our friends, our family, who visited our mountain this winter. Thanks to your visits, we enjoyed an extremely successful season. Thank you for spending time at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

And – by the way – we continue to watch the storms headed for New Mexico. One good snowstorm, and we’ll fire up the lifts again.

In the meantime, please enjoy the spring skiing at our sister resorts, and be on the lookout for our summer hike & bike schedule! Spring is here, and mountain biking season will return to Pajarito before we know it.

Skiesta is tomorrow!

For this week’s Skiesta preview, I’ll turn the reigns over to Los Alamos Ski Club President Susan Brockway (and if you haven’t read what the Albuquerque Journal just wrote about it, please read it here). We hope you can join us tomorrow for our biggest winter event:

Who’s ready for this year’s Skiesta? Tomorrow, March 19, prepare your most outlandish costumes in order to compete in a number of fun events!

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Photo courtesy of Leslie Bucklin
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Photo courtesy of Leslie Bucklin

Every year, we crown a new King and Queen of Pajarito. These fair individuals must be dressed in their best costumes and place in the top three of two signature events in their age group: the Pinhead Challenge, the giant slalom, the rail jam, or the mogul race. The victor of these events will not only win the prestigious title of royalty at Pajarito, but they will also win bragging rights.

The Pinhead Challenge is the beginning of the festivities and the start towards the crown. Contestants will race up the mountain by skiing or skating. Once they reach the summit, they will traverse the mountain before racing down to the finish line.

The giant slalom is a more serious event, where competitors will take two runs each. The best time from two runs will determine the winner of the event. The mogul competitions will allow competitors to have a couple of line choices to take down. The goal is to impress the judges the most in order to determine the winner.

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Photo courtesy of Leslie Bucklin

For the sloppy slalom racers, expect a less serious event, as it will take place through a wacky obstacle course. This is a great event for all ages to compete in.

Kids are also welcome to join in the fun with the Kids Tee- Pee Race, as well as the events above. This event allows kids the opportunity to race down the slopes while skiing through “tee- pee” gates. There will be kid geared prizes for the winners.

Each age division (kids, teens, adults, and masters) will have medals awarded for the gold and silver finalists. If you win, we expect you to wear your medal the remainder of the day with pride. You earned it, after all!

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Photo courtesy of Leslie Bucklin

In addition to the events listed above, you will also get to enjoy local craft beer. We will have five breweries at our beer garden, hosted by the New Mexico Beer Association. Entry to the beer garden is $10 and please remember to bring cash (there’s no ATM at Pajarito)!

Felix y Los Gatos will play a live set of music, which some describe as a mix of Americana, blues, funk, Rancheras Cumbias, and Zydeco. Grab a freshly grilled burger to top the day off.

The first Skiesta took place February 29, 1948 and boasted a sound truck, fancy costumes, and a hot dog lunch for only $0.50. It was named after a popular movie during the time period, and the name has stuck with the event ever since. Things may have changed a bit since the first Skiesta took place 68 years ago, but we promise it is still the same, wacky event it has always been.


NEW Women’s Group & Spring Break Pass!

After seeing the popularity of our new Senior Thursdays ski group (see: Senior Thursdays at Pajarito), we’ve added more FREE groups!  Every Thursday, we will offer women’s ski & snowboard meet-up.  These FREE groups are designed for women, by women, and led by women. It’s a great way to meet and ski (or ride) with other like-minded ladies of all abilities. Plus, you’ll be advancing your skills with our professional female ski instructors in a relaxed environment. Like the senior meet-up, all you need to do is have a valid lift ticket or season pass and show up!  Morning sessions will be 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., afternoon sessions will be 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

paja-spring-break-pass-heroWith spring season fully underway (and our new schedule expansion: we’re open daily through April 3! See: New! Open Everyday March 2 Through April 3), we’ve introduced a new season pass: the Spring Break pass. This new product can be used at both Pajarito and Sipapu March 28 through April 3 (which is spring break for several area school districts, including Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque!) At just $99, it is New Mexico’s only Spring Break season pass, and you won’t find a better deal than this. Click here for more information or to purchase your pass online.

For those traveling to Los Alamos, don’t forget: FREE lodging is available everyday Pajarito is open, including Spring Break!

With snow in the forecast, Skiesta on the calendar (make sure it’s on yours, too: it happens March 19), an expanded schedule, more FREE ski and snowboard groups and ongoing specials, this is a celebratory time at our mountain. Join us!