Monthly Archives: August 2017

93 Days Until Opening Day!

General Manager, Tom Long, shares an update on preparing Pajarito for ski season.

Although Opening Day is 93 days away, Pajarito’s winter mountain crew never takes a summer break. Our crew has been busy with chairlift, snowcat and lodge maintenance, snowmaking system infrastructure work, and hazard tree removal. And we couldn’t do it without our dedicated and hard working volunteers. The Tuesday volunteer crew and Wednesday bike trail crew have been working since the snow melted last spring.

changing the oil in the final drive on chair 3
Changing the oil on the final drive on Chair 3

Line work is complete for all lifts, and most terminal work is also complete. Gearbox oil samples are done. Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) work is complete with some adjustments needed on our beginners’ lift #3. Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) work all grips, clips, and hangers is about to begin. We finished up line work and grip migration on Spruce Lift #1—a tedious job required by Code every other year). Of course, all lifts will be Code-compliant and in top notch shape for Opening Day.

Snowcat
One of our snowcats in action last season!

Snowcat Maintenance
Our snowcats have been in the shop for summer maintenance, including oil changes, lubrication, filter changes, hydraulic hoses, tire replacement and track work. It’s a little like taking your car to Jiffy Lube, except that our cats have to operate without fail.

Lodge Maintenance
We replaced the old wooden 4X4 post holding up the Sun Sails on the main lodge deck with new steel posts. And our deck and picnic tables have undergone repairs. 

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Pictured from left to right: Tommy Long, Tom Long and George Duke.

We can’t wait to open up Pajarito Mountain for the 2017-2018 ski season. The mountain will be ready. Make sure you’re ready by grabbing your Season Passes or Power Cards/Power Packs before the first snow!