Monthly Archives: October 2017

Pajarito’s New Lift is Pure Magic

We hope you had a chance or two to soak in the spectacular fall colors up at Pajarito Mountain. Autumn truly is a magical season in the Jemez Mountains. As for me and my winter mountain crew, we’ve been a bit spellbound by something else: Pajarito’s brand new Magic Carpet conveyor lift.

magic carpet dirt work wide view

This winter, beginners will let go of the Mighty Mite handle tow and hop on a brand new Magic Carpet conveyor lift. In fact, Mighty Mite and the old lift house have been completely removed and we’ve started slope grading, foundation and electrical work in preparation for installation. The new Magic Carpet will service our Beginner Area in the same location as the old Mighty Mite handle tow.

magic carpet pit foundation
The pit for the drive terminal foundation  just before pouring.

A conveyor lift is super easy for beginners, including our youngest guests, to ride. Our Magic Carpet will be 170 feet long, moving 800 more guests per hour—both beginner skiers and snowboarders—than the old handle tow.

young girl skier rides Magic Carpet lift
First-time snowboarder rides the Magic Carpet conveyor lift at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort.

The mountain will be ready for the 2017-2018 ski season, which is scheduled to start Friday, November 24. Make sure you’re ready by grabbing your season pass or Power Products while you can get them at the guaranteed lowest price. Sale ends this Friday, October 27.

Fall is in the air and you should be too.

Bike Park Director, Hogan Koesis, talks trail updates just in time for this weekend’s final lift-served biking and hiking of the season.


Fall is in the air and you should be too. Last day for catching a chair is Saturday, October 21st!  We’d love to see anybody and everyone there as this is the first time a trail building machine has been at the mountain for close to a month.  Dante and Jackie have been hard at it tuning and tweaking your favorite trails to be even better!  With landings being extended and broadened, turns getting widened and more supportive and take-offs getting extended to the moon, it‘s hard not to get excited with all new trail building going on!  I’m super excited to get out there and take some laps with everyone on the last weekend of park riding this season!


Don’t forget, any season pass holder in the state of New Mexico can redeem a free day at Pajarito on Saturday. Head to up to the neighboring resort, Angel Fire Bike Park, on Sunday the 22nd for the last day of the season!  It’s like a New Mexico closing weekend extravaganza!  Shred bikes all day at Pajarito, take advantage of the awesome camping and campfire stories, then head to Angel Fire for some super last day session laps!

fallIf anyone can get a chance to come down Saturday, we’d love catch some laps with you!


Snowmaking on the Brain

When guests at Pajarito Mountain feel this chill in the air, they indulge in all the richness of the changing season, from green chile on the side of everything to too-many pictures of oak, aspen and cottonwood leaves. But when our winter mountain crew feels this chill in the air, they visualize all lifts turning and first tracks down the Fab Four. Since last spring, we’ve been busy with snowmaking system infrastructure work, hazard tree removal, and chairlift, snowcat and lodge maintenance.

pajarito fall 2017
Photo by Peter Dickson

Snowmaking System

Last spring, the pond had been cleaned out and the liner completely repaired. We welcomed the late summer rainfall which increased the water level in our pond. Completed updates to the snowmaking system include removing one M-12 fixed fan gun and replacing it with a fixed A9 lance. That M-12 fan gun is now on a portable carriage, upping our mobile gun fleet to four units. The mobile gun fleet has been repaired and maintained, and the entire snowmaking system is getting the final touches of maintenance and repairs to ensure safe and efficient operation.

We aim to start snowmaking during the first two weeks of November, of course depending on the weather. We never want to waste a drop of precious water, so we’re going to start snowmaking a bit later.

Photo by George Duke

We just 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 before the first snow.