Monthly Archives: November 2016

5 Days To Opening Day!

Last night Pajarito received 2 more inches of fresh snow! It was our pleasure to have James Coleman, Pajarito’s Managing Partner, on the mountain last night helping us prepare the mountain for Saturday’s scheduled opening. Snowmaking conditions were ideal, with low temperatures and humidity helping our snowmaking team (and James!) make a great product on Bruce’s Boulevard and Lone Spruce and the connector between Lone Spruce and the Aspen Lift.

Me in the snowcat trackpacking our new snow!
Me in the snowcat trackpacking our new snow!

Besides making snow, James spent the lion’s share of the evening (and the wee hours of the morning) in the pump house ensuring all systems were working properly. For those of you who don’t already know, Pajarito has a state-of-the-art automated snowmaking system. The way this works is our snow guns automatically adjust the ratio of water to air in relation to atmospheric conditions like temperature, humidity, wind direction and speed. Our Snowmaking Manager, Tommy Long, was very excited to work on this with James last night. He said, “The key to success last night was James. He made all the snow!”

We’re working around the clock to prepare for Saturday!
We’re working around the clock to prepare for Saturday!

We have been making snow today with more than favorable conditions. Snow is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow with 3 to 7 inches of snow by tomorrow afternoon, and freezing temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week. All hands are on deck prepping the mountain for opening day! Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to Saturday.

Pajarito Now Opening December 3

Although we’ve had a successful snowmaking push and picked up 4” of snow last night, we have made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, which was originally scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 25. Tommy Long, Snowmaking Manager, says “We’ve been working around the clock to get the best product open for our guests but Mother Nature has proven to be a tough adversary.” I am hopeful we will be able to open Saturday, Dec. 3.

“The little bit of extra time gives us the opportunity to put the best possible product out there on Opening Day,” Tommy adds. We’re concentrating our snowmaking efforts on Lone Spruce and plan to open the trail, and the Aspen and Beginner Lifts, from top to bottom on Dec. 3. Temperatures do look favorable for snowmaking tonight and we hope to run all 9 guns! Stay tuned to our snow report for more information.

Snowmaking started on November 18
Snowmaking started on November 18

This year we’ve run our snowmaking system more than ever before and for longer periods of time. We’re really excited to be using our snowmaking infrastructure to its fullest and how it was initially designed. In year’s past we weren’t able to run the system at its designed capacity but this year the system runs more efficiently with better results than ever before. It’s really exciting to see the full magnitude of what our snowmaking system (and crew!) can do. If you’re planning to come up to the mountain to hike or to enjoy the snow, be aware of equipment we have on the mountain. Please stay to the left side (nothing east of Bruce’s Boulevard) of the mountain for your safety and for the safety of our mountain crew.

Even though we’re having to push opening day a bit, we’re still forecasted to have an amazing ski season. We do not see a correlation between a warm October/early November and future snowfall or season-long snow conditions. We’ve experienced previous seasons that had plenty of early snow and other seasons when winter weather was slow to materialize but it ended up being a fantastic season. With the help of Mother Nature, coupled with our sophisticated snowmaking system, we will be able to provide a great ski season for our guests. Winter is on its way, and we’re confident it’s going to be a fantastic year!

Remember, everyone needs to take a new photo this year because of our new software. We’ll be open tomorrow for pass printing before our office closes Nov. 24-27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Passes will be issued daily Nov. 28th – Dec. 2 from 8am to 4pm. As our team prepares the mountain for opening day, we will be sure to keep you posted. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram regularly for the latest information on opening day. If you have additional questions, feel free to call (505) 662-5725.

See you on the mountain soon!

 

Snowmaking Begins at Pajarito!

I’m excited to confirm that yesterday, November 17, snowmaking began at Pajarito Mountain! We started making snow late afternoon and continued all the way through the night. In total we had seven guns fired up on the mountain: two of the portable guns on Bruce’s Boulevard and one on Lower Lone Spruce with the rest of the fixed guns (on Spruce), M-12’s, M-18 and A9 Lance.

The guns are still fired up as of 9:00 a.m. this morning
The guns are still fired up as of 9:00 a.m. this morning

Our low temperature hovered at 11 degrees last night with a wet bulb on top of the mountain. As of this morning, our latest wet bulb was 14 degrees on top of the mountain and 15 degrees at the base. Looking ahead at the forecast, temperatures are looking decent tonight, warmer on Sunday and Sunday but should cool off Monday night. Temperatures are a bit variable with the weather front (snow predicted!) heading our way Sunday night into Tuesday. Click here to follow our NOAA weather station.

Snowmaking views from last night
Snowmaking views from last night

Snowmaking Manager Tommy says “Last night was a great kickoff to our snowmaking season. We will continue to be diligent with temps and keep striving to make Pajarito a winter wonderland!” Pajarito is scheduled to open November 25 for the 2016-2017 ski season.  Buy your season passes by midnight tonight before the sale ends! A friendly reminder that every passholder will need to take a new season pass photo due to our new software. Stop by the business office to get your pass printed and get ready for Opening Day!

Last night’s snowmaking crew from left to right: me, Tommy and George
Last night’s snowmaking crew from left to right: me, Tommy and George