Snowmaking Manager, Tommy Long, takes over the blog this week to give a mountain update. Pajarito’s opening day is scheduled for November 25 this year which is only 88 days away! We have been preparing the mountain for winter operations and wanted to update you on a few key projects. Snowmaking Improvements We are committed to making improvements to our snowmaking system that will allow for more efficient snowmaking and better snow. Snowmaking improvements are so crucial to our operation because the more sophisticated the overall snowmaking system, the earlier we’re able to get the runs covered and start turning the lifts. In a nutshell this work helps us open earlier than past seasons with a better snow product.
New Water Collection Pump One of the largest improvements to our snowmaking system is the replacement of our water collection pump. The old pump needed significant repairs to function at an acceptable level so we opted to purchase a brand new pump from Europe. This pump’s impellers will be instrumental in withstanding sediment content in the water. The pump impellers are the internal parts of the pump unit that push water through the pump. These items are the spinning internal part of the pump much like the blades of a fan that push air. These improved features will ensure the longevity of the pump for years to come. The new pump will remain in the same location as the old pump at PS200.
Removal of the old water collection pump
Annual Maintenance Every year we have a detailed list of maintenance tasks to complete before snowmaking begins. A big part of this is lift maintenance. There are a series of mechanical and electrical tests we conduct to ensure the lift is working exactly the way it should. For example, we go through and grease and inspect all the sheave wheels and tower cross arms to make sure they are in good working order. Sheave wheels: A metal wheel, lined with a special type of rubber, which either supports or depresses the haul rope. Tower cross arms: The horizontal arm on top of a tower, to which the sheave wheels are attached.
We’re gearing up for a big weekend on the mountain! This Saturday and Sunday are lift served bike and hike days and Saturday we will co-host a Beer and Band with the Los Alamos Ski Club. Here’s a full schedule of this weekend’s events: Saturday, August 20 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Lift served biking and hiking 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cafe open 12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Bathtub Row Brewing serving beer and wine on the deck 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Trainwreck Blues Band Sunday, August 21 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Lift served biking and hiking 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cafe open To our summer event calendar, please click here. Beer and Band Our hometown brewery, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, will be on the deck Saturday pouring cold brews and the Trainwreck Blues Band will provide the tunes. Trainwreck Blues Band’s musical style is best described as a blend of blues, old country and classic rock. Click here to learn more about the Trainwreck Blues Band. Plan ahead!
Please remember to bring cash if you’d like to kick back with a cold beer. All beer sales are cash only and there is not an ATM on the mountain. Cutting a rug on the deck at a past Beer and Band event. Photo: Skip Wecksung.
Hike and Bike Trails will be lift accessible to hikers and bikers on Saturday and Sunday. Day tickets for bikers cost $25. Day tickets for hikers cost $10. Lift tickets can be purchased at the Pajarito Business Office. Neal Pederson gives a quick mountain biking update: “A lot of weed eating was done on the trails to prepare for last week’s Los Alamos Enduro Fest and the trails are in great shape! We should be done fixing the new feature on Mother’s Milk that was recently hit by a falling tree. The mountain has seen a lot of monsoon season rain lately which always turns Pajarito bike trail conditions into Hero Dirt!” Discover 1,200 vertical feet of downhill, cross country and freeride trails at Pajarito Mountain. The 30-trail system is built and maintained nearly entirely by local volunteers from nearby Los Alamos, NM, and features dirt and North Shore-style trails from beginner to expert. Pajarito Mountain Bike Park is a two-time Top Five winner of MTBparks Riders’ Choice Awards for the Southwest region. Photo courtesy of Instagrammer @ribbonsofdirt.