Monthly Archives: December 2016

New Runs Added, Many More Announced!

We are excited to announce that Pajarito Mountain has added a ton of new terrain today, with much more to come tomorrow! Our mountain crew has been working overtime track-packing and grooming the slopes to open up as much of the mountain as possible. Pajarito Mountain is now open from Bonanza all the way over to Pussycat. Here are the runs we’ve added today:

Daisy Mae

Li’l Abner

Dog Patch



Pussycat is groomed and begging for some turns!

Tomorrow we’re scheduled to open even more terrain, including Chair #2 and the Fab Four! The legendary Fab Four will be perfect for those looking for adventure—those trails are untracked and untouched by groomers! By the end of tomorrow, we plan to have all runs from Bonanza over to I Don’t Care open. That’s almost the entire mountain! Here’s a full list of the runs we’re planning on opening tomorrow:

Big Mother

-Little Mother




Rim Run    

Why Not to Zero Road West

One More Time to Zero Road West

I Don’t Care to Zero Road West

In addition to opening new runs, we’re also working hard to get our terrain parks ready for shredding! Our mountain team is currently working on the ramps for the features we placed this morning in the West Beginner park. We’ve already installed a picnic table, a triple barrel, a flat box and a flat rail, and we’re working on a roller and a rainbow box. We plan on having the West Beginner terrain park open tomorrow!

Pajarito Mountain’s Annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is this Saturday, Dec. 31. Join us around sunset on the Lodge deck for free hors d’oeuvres as we ring in the New Year! The Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers will ski lit torches in a procession down Lumberyard for a stunning show of color and light. This mountain tradition is not one to be missed!

New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade
The New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is a mountain tradition!

As always, stay tuned to our blog and our Snow Report to stay up to date on new terrain openings and conditions, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Happy Trails!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like a White Christmas!

Hello everybody! I’m taking a break from track packing this new snow to update you on what’s new at the mountain!

We have picked up 6” of fresh snow since yesterday and have more forecasted to fall through Sunday! This means you all did your snow dances! Our snowmaking crew is working hard track packing the slopes in preparation of the forecasted snowfall. By track packing in advance, the runs will just need to be groomed and then they’ll be ready to shred!

New Snow
Mother Nature brought us some new snow last night. Photo: George Duke.

Our mountain crew just finished up track packing Pussycat and East Beginner, and now (weather depending) we will begin on Li’l Abner, Lumberyard and Daisy Mae. We are expanding out from the core of the mountain, opening up as much terrain as possible to provide the best experience for everyone!

Prospective Terrain Openings
Here’s the terrain we’re currently working on!

Our new logo wear makes great gifts! These shirts, jackets, hats and more make great holiday gifts for friends and family! To purchase yours, call the office or stop by anytime between 8am-4pm every day until January 2 at (505)662-5725 for more information. But hurry—supplies are limited!

Logo Wear
New Pajarito Mountain logo wear like this trucker’s hat and long sleeve shirt is now available for purchase! Photo: Marci Partin.

The Mountain Cafe is open daily from 8am-4pm, and is serving up everything from french toast and burritos to burgers and Frito pie. Check out their delicious breakfast and lunch menu here!

As a reminder, the mountain is open daily for the holidays through January 2, with lifts running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to regularly check our Snow Report.

As always, happy trails!

Pajarito is Now Open!

Thank you to everyone who came out for opening weekend! Your big smiles and terrific energy created a wonderful atmosphere for enjoying the first few days back on the slopes. It was so good to see both familiar and new faces on the mountain, not to mention the awesome snow we had last weekend!

first selfie of season
The first lift selfie of the season @bdugick

Pajarito will reopen this Friday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 11. Our snowmaking crew is incredibly excited about last night’s snowmaking — we couldn’t have asked for better conditions (see the forecast here).  Stay tuned for our progress by checking our web cam regularly!

breathtaking view
The breathtaking view from a snowmaker’s office! P.C.: Jim Stein

Moving forward, we are focusing on opening up more terrain. This weekend we are hoping to open the Beginner Area in order to provide a diverse experience all levels can enjoy. The Beginner Area will give never-evers and learners good practice terrain to master while progressing towards steeper runs like Bruce’s Boulevard and Lone Spruce.

opening day
Opening Day! P.C.: @myblessingindisguise

We will be closed Dec. 12-15 and will reopen daily for the holidays Dec. 16-Jan.1. In the meantime, make sure to get your season pass if you haven’t already done so! Season Passes and Power Products are on sale until Friday, Dec. 16 and can be purchased online.

Thanks again and see you all on the mountain!




Three More Days To Opening Day!

What to Expect for Opening Day. We are scheduled to open Lone Spruce and Bruce’s Boulevard, accessed by the Aspen Lift, on Saturday. With the great conditions we’ve been having, West Beginner Trail and the Mighty Mite Lift may also be open. Lift ticket prices will be just $29 for everyone this weekend! The Rental Shop, Pajarito Mountain Cafè, Ski and Snowboard School will also be open on Saturday.

pajarito winter trail map 2016-17
Saturday’s planned runs and lifts are highlighted in yellow. The Aspen Lift, Lone Spruce Trail and West Beginner Trail are expected to be open. Conditions allowing, Mighty Mite Lift may also be open.

Snowmaking. Because of the advancements we have made in our snowmaking infrastructure, Snowmaking Manager Tommy said this is one of Pajarito’s best years of snowmaking! Tommy said that he chalks this up to the system’s automation, which we discussed in detail in our last blog post. Our plan for the rest of the week is to take advantage of the forecasted conditions by making snow non-stop until opening day!

pajarito lone spruce
The Beginner Area as pictured this morning, November 30.

Looking forward. With a good chunk of the mountain ready for opening day, our team is itching to go on an “exploratory trackpacking” mission to scope out areas that have enough snow for us to trackpack with the snowcat. Some spots have deeper bases than others, and we want to find those areas and open up as much skiable terrain as we can, as soon as possible! As time and conditions allow, Tommy said we may even be able to open up a few terrain park features for Saturday!

See you on the mountain!