Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Power Pass Family Adds Another Colorado Ski Area!

Earlier today, James Coleman, managing partner at Pajarito and our collective of ski areas, announced the addition of Hesperus Ski Area (located 11 miles west of Durango in Hesperus, CO) to the Power Pass family. This is fantastic news for not only our passholders but for everyone who enjoys skiing in the Southwest! Here are just a few reasons why:

Power Pass holders now enjoy unlimited access to night skiing. Located south of Purgatory and just minutes from downtown Durango, Hesperus is the only resort in our collection of ski areas to offer night skiing (evening operations extend until 9:00 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays). It’s no secret that our managing partner, James Coleman, is all about making skiing more accessible for everyone. This mountain allows anyone in the Four Corners area to ski all day at Purgatory and then well into the night at Hesperus.

Plus, in addition to its 26 trails, Hesperus is only the second mountain in our Power Pass family to offer tubing!

Hesperus Ski Area
Photo credit: Scott DW Smith

New Mexico Pass PLUS and New Mexico Pass holders now have unlimited access to Colorado skiing. Not only do these passes allow you to ski or ride everyday at Pajarito and Sipapu, but you can now have unlimited access to Hesperus, too!

The marketer in me can’t help but point out that our season passes are on sale through September 30. For the lowest available pricing, purchase your pass online here! Also, payment plans are still available now through November 15!

Hesperus will also join the Power Pack and Power Card – if you know you want to ski but aren’t ready to commit to a pass, be sure to check out these discount cards, available for purchase at our ski shows!

We’ve been busy getting ready for Opening Day. On the mountain, crews are finishing up routine maintenance and training in preparation for our November 25 opening. The lodge, deck and railings have received a fresh coat of Pajarito blue paint. We hope you’ll join us on the deck for Ullr Fest on October 1st to celebrate the coming of winter.

Deck at Pajarito
The lodge, deck and railings after a fresh coat of paint!

Ullrfest is October 1st!

Ullrfest Image
Pajarito’s most popular fall festival, Ullrfest, happens October 1st. This event features New Mexico Brewersfest with local craft beers, and live music by JJ and the Hooligans with special guest Bronach, there will also be a Bike and Hike, downhill mountain bike race, disc golf tournament, costume contest and more! Here’s the full event schedule:

Saturday, October 1
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Lift Served Hiking and Biking
10:00 a.m.                         Disc Golf Tournament at Camp May
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Cafe Open
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   New Mexico Brewersfest
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Live Music

Sunday, October 2
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.      Lift served hiking and biking
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Cafe open

We sat down with the event organizer, Thad Hahn, to get the inside scoop on the event.

Who is Ullr (pronounced “ULL-er”)?
Ullr is an excellent archer, hunter, skater and most importantly skier.

Why do we have a festival dedicated to him?
The ULLR Festival honors ULLR and is a community event in anticipation of bringing a good ski season to Pajarito.

Which breweries will be participating in the New Mexico Brewersfest portion of the event? Are any breweries planning to unveil special fall brews?
Bathtub Row
Blue Heron
Boxing Bear
Chili Line
Enchanted Circle
La Cumbre
Santa Fe
Second Street
Taos Mesa
Unquarked Wine

Bathtub Row will be introducing beers produced by their new brewer Nic Boyden.  Santa Fe’s Chili Line Brewery will be back for their second festival, you might have tried out their smoked beers at Summerfest and we will welcome for the first time, Enchanted Circle out of Angel Fire. Watch the Los Alamos Ski Club Facebook page for additional information as we learn more about what the brewers might be bringing to ULLR Fest.

Can you reveal what the glasses will look like?  How do you get a glass?UllrFestSolo
We try to mix up the glasses from Festival to festival and this year’s glass will be a 16 ounce glass SOLO cup.  In order to participate in the Brewersfest you must pay an entry fee of $15, have a photo ID ready and you will receive a glass which includes one ticket.  Tastings are included in your fee, the ticket will supply you with one full pint glass and additional fills will cost $5.00 to the breweries directly (cash only).  The glass is yours to take home.

What are contestants judged on for the costume contest? Any memorable costumes from past events? Who are the judges?
The costume contest will have several categories:

  •       Adult Male and Female costumes – prizes are free entrance to the upcoming Warren Miller Film on November 17th at the Reel Deal Theater.
  •       Group (up to 5) – each contestant will receive a $10 Chamber Check good at any participating Chamber of Commerce Member business in Los Alamos.
  •       Boy and Girls kids costumes – prizes are a free gelato at Daniels Café and Mary’s Gelato.

Costumes are judged by their uniqueness and authenticity.  This year’s judges will be Kim Sherwood and Susan Brockway.

Costume contest
Will any other activities be going on at the mountain?
A disc golf tournament starting at 10:00 a.m. as well as a free bike race (lift ticket and waiver required to participate) conducted through the smartphone app bikeparkpro to record your fastest time during the day.  Awards announced at 4:00 p.m. on the deck.

General Manager, Tom Long, and an Ullrfest-goer from last year.
General Manager, Tom Long, and an Ullrfest-goer from last year.

Any advice for first time attendees?
Make sure to bring cash! ULLRfest is a cash only event and there are no ATMs at Pajarito Mountain. Also, Atomic City Transit will be providing a free shuttle from LAHS leaving every 30 minutes, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Take advantage of this great public resource! It is fall and the leaves will begin to turn so take advantage of the lift service for hiking and biking and bring a jacket as it could get cold in the late afternoons.  The café has wonderful food and will be serving all afternoon.  No outside alcohol will be allowed during this festival and all dogs are required to be on leashes within the festival boundaries and are not allowed inside the lodge.

For more information on Ullrfest or Pajarito Mountain, please visit our website.