Monthly Archives: March 2017

Another Excellent Ski Season

What can I say? We had another excellent season of skiing and snowboarding at Pajarito Mountain, filled with great snow, fun events and terrific guests and staff! Before we transition into our summer season, I want to share with you some of my hand-picked highlights of the 2016/17 season:

My Favorite Events

It’s so hard to pick one favorite event, so here are a few of mine from this season:
– The Torchlight parade on New Year’s Eve had great staff response and participation!
– The K2 Women’s event supported a great cause and promotes friendship.
– Telebration/Telefest always brings some great Tele skiers to the mountain.
– Skiesta, hosted by the Los Alamos Ski Club, was a hoot as always, and was well attended.

A Skiesta contestant getting big air in his Lederhosen!
A Skiesta contestant gets big air in his Lederhosen! Photo by Try’n’Fly Photography.


Starting off the season with the updated, automated snowmaking system was incredible. The automated upgrades improved efficiency and aided in the overall operation of the system. After creating a terrific base back in November, Mother Nature kicked in and provided us with some terrific skiing and riding conditions that persisted throughout the winter, thanks to numerous large snowstorms. Shortly after the storms moved out, spring skiing arrived, and we’ve been enjoying the softer groomers and warmer temperatures since then.

A snowy Christmas Eve photo, snapped by Glen Wurden.
A snowy Christmas Eve photo, snapped by Glen Wurden.

Excitement Level

Our guests love skiing and riding Pajarito Mountain, and their excitement is always reflected in their smiles that are commonly seen around the mountain! That being said, I saw more happy faces this season than ever before!

A big Friday smile from @landedupinabq!
A big Friday smile from @landedupinabq!

My Favorite Runs
I’m an old man so I prefer groomers (go ahead and laugh), but Pajarito has a wide array of terrain for all skiers and snowboarders. My favorite runs this season were Bonanza, L’il Abner, Daisy Mae, Lone Spruce, Pussycat, Rim Run, I Don’t Care, One More Time, Evershine Ridge, East Confusion… okay, I can’t choose—I love ‘em all!

Skiing the steeps! Photo by Instagrammer @andrewbthien.
Skiing the steeps! Photo by Instagrammer @andrewbthien.

Thanks for skiing and snowboarding with us this season and being a part of our amazing community that makes Pajarito Mountain so special. We couldn’t do it without you! As a way of showing our thanks, we’re validating all 2016/17 season passes at two of our resorts, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Hesperus Ski Area, now through the end of the ski season! Visit the resorts’ ticket offices to pick up your FREE lift ticket (one per pass holder, per day)!

See you on the mountain for a great summer full of mountain biking and fun events!


Skiesta 2017

For all the details on spring’s most-anticipated (and FREE!) event, I’m turning this blog over to Susan Brockway, President of the Los Alamos Ski Club!

Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch. Since it’s very humble beginnings, Skiesta has been a wacky spring event that celebrates the unique mountain culture of Los Alamos and the wonderful sport of skiing (all types—snowboarding included!). To this day, it is our mission to maintain the original spirit of Skiesta.

Now let’s get into the details of this year’s event!

There’s usually plenty of New Mexico sunshine to soak up! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

*FREE Transportation to Pajarito Mountain from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos will be provided by Atomic Transit. Shuttle will run every 30 minutes from 11am-6pm.

8:00am. Registration for all events and contests on the Lodge deck. Registration is FREE!

8:30am. Let the festivities begin! We’ll kick off Skiesta with the Pinhead Challenge. Contestants race up the mountain by skinning or skating. Once they reach the summit, contestants will ski down to the summit. First one to the bottom wins!

10am. The Giant Slalom on Aspen. Competitors each take two runs down the course. The best time from the two runs determines the victor.

11am. The Sloppy Slalom on West Beginner. This is one of the wackiest events! Contestants navigate a crazy obstacle course, which is set up differently each year. Contestants can usually expect hay bales, a maze, a teeter-totter and poles.

12pm. Rail Jam on West Beginner. There will be both ski and snowboard categories.

Local craft beer in our beer garden pours until 5:00pm. We are proud to host Santa Fe Brewing, Bathtub Row Brewing, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Second Street Brewery, Taos Mesa Brewing and Chili Line Brewing! $10 gets you a Skiesta logo pint, sampling and one pour.

Enjoy good friends and good beer! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.
Enjoy good friends and good beer! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

1pm. Moguls Mash on Aspen. The goal here is for contestants to impress the judges with their mogul skiing techniques! Competitors each take two runs down the mountain. The competitor with the best overall score wins!

Grateful Dead tribute band Let it Grow will be jammin’ until 5:00pm.

2:30pm. Big Air Jump Contest in front of the Lodge. The skier to land the biggest air with the best style wins!

Points go to air and style! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.
Points go to air and style! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

3:30pm. Costume Contest and Parade in front of the Lodge.


Skiesta circa 1970!
Skiesta circa 1970!

4pm. Awards Ceremony. Each age group (kids, teens, adults, and masters) will have medals awarded for gold and silver finalists.

*As a reminder, there is no ATM located on Pajarito Mountain. Please bring cash to purchase food and beverages.

Happy Skiesta!