This week, temperatures and conditions have been ideal for snowmaking at Pajarito Mountain. And this morning, we got some extra encouragement from Mother Nature in the form of three inches of freshly fallen snow. This first snow of the winter season has us super motivated to continue working round-the-clock ensure the mountain is ready for our scheduled opening date, Saturday, December 16.
Our winter mountain crew is focusing on this terrain:
Top of Spruce Lift down Lone Spruce to Mushroom Run Out
Zero Road East down to the Spruce Lift loading area
Top of beginners’ chair over to Mushroom Run Out, including Mushroom Run Out
Mushroom Run Out down to Zero Road East
Zero Road East down to the beginners’ chair loading area
New Magic Carpet conveyor lift area
Flat teaching area—the newly-enlarged area by SnowSport School
Due to the ideal conditions, snow quality is excellent. We can’t wait to welcome you to Pajarito Mountain and kick off the 2017-2018 ski season.
Day by day, the installation of our brand new Magic Carpet conveyor lift progresses. The drive terminal, pit, foundation and electrical control box are all in place, as are the power feed conduit and cable. Power is now at the electrical control box. All the intermediate sections of the surface lift are in position on their support beams. The load terminal is established and ready to set. Next up is to complete the final alignment of the lift.
The actual “conveyor belt” arrived on the mountain, and when final alignment is complete, we’ll install the conveyor belting. Then we’ll place the walkways and hand rail, and the new lift will be ready for our first guests at the Beginner Area.
Pajarito’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system is strategically placed on the mountain, and it looks like Mother Nature is ready to cooperate. Colder temps and wetter conditions are in the forecast. We’re ready to start snowmaking! Take a look at the forecast.
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is scheduled to open Saturday, December 16.
Our brand new Magic Carpet conveyor lift is on the mountain! We have completed all the prep work for the installation of the new surface lift, and are anxious to begin the actual construction of the lift. Dirt work, electrical work and the reshaping of our Beginners’ Area are all complete, and the whole project is coming together.
Part of the pre-installation prep work has included expanding the loading area and constructing a retaining wall near the SnowSport School, doubling the size of the area that first-time skiers have get on the snow.
Completed Magic Carpet drive terminal pitSnowSports School expansion/retaining wall
Our state-of-the-art snowmaking system has just a few tweaks left to do, and the TechnoAlpin technician is on the mountain today. We always recognize what a precious resource our water is, so we are patiently waiting for just the right weather conditions to make snow.
Installation of the Magic Carpet conveyor lift
With snow forecasted for this Friday, we’re more anxious than ever to supplement Mother Nature with snowmaking. The mountain will be ready for the 2017-2018 ski season. Don’t forget to get your season pass or punch cards while they’re still on sale. The sale ends this Friday, November 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If anyone can get a chance to come down Saturday, we’d love catch some laps with you!
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.
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.
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.
Pajarito’s winter mountain crew pauses from ski-season preparations.
But just for a moment.
Every visitor to Pajarito Mountain has a camera around their neck or their finger hovering over the camera icon on their phone at this time of year. And it’s no wonder. The changing season is spectacular up here in the Jemez Mountains. The oak, aspens and cottonwood trees show off their yellow, orange and red leaves to everyone’s delight. Although photos never seem to do the changing season justice, here are a few of our recent favorites.
We hope you’ll take a moment to soak in the fall colors and enjoy fresh eats —including New Mexico fall favorite, fire roasted green chile—at Pajarito Mountain Cafe, open for lunch every Wednesday—Friday from 11am-2pm through mid-October.
And while you’re indulging in green chile on-the-side and leaf looking outside, make sure you’re ready for winter. Buy your Season Passes and Power Products this week. Our Season Pass and Power Products Sale ends this Friday, September 29.
Speaking of winter, our sister resort, Arizona Snowbowl, was the first ski area in the United States to make snow! Snowmaking operations began Saturday, September 23. Stay tuned to learn when Pajarito will begin our snowmaking season.
Pajarito’s most popular fall festival, Ullrfest, happens Saturday, September 23. And this year, we’re excited to offer FREE mountain biking lessons as part of the festivities. Ullrfest features New Mexico Brewersfest with nearly one dozen local craft beers, live music, lift served hiking and biking, mountain bike lessons and races, disc golf tournament, costume contest and more.
We’re expanding the options at Ullrfest this year with FREE mountain bike lessons plus on-mountain rentals. Your 2-hour lesson is FREE with a mountain bike uplift day pass—just $25. Find out more about lessons and rentals on our Ullrfest event page. Here’s the full festival schedule:
Saturday, September 23 7:45am Guided 10-mile hike from town to Pajarito Mountain with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Find out more, including how to register here. 9am–3pm Lift served hiking & biking (Saturday & Sunday) 9am–3pm Downhill Strava mountain bike race
9am–3pm Poker Run mountain bike race 9:30am–12:30 pm FREE mountain biking lessons (Saturday & Sunday) 10am Disc Golf Tournament at Camp May 11am–5pm Pajarito Mountain Cafe Open Noon–5pm New Mexico Brewersfest | $15 entry fee 2:30pm Meet & Greet Hogan Koesis, Bike Park Director, at the Pajarito Mountain sign Bronach Celtic Blues JJ and the Hooligans
Sunday, September 24 9am–3pm Lift served hiking & biking 9:30am–12:30pm FREE mountain biking lessons 11am–2pm Pajarito Mountain Cafe Open
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.
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 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.
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!
Our hometown brewery, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, is partnering with us for this summer’s Beer & Band series. This bi-monthly event is a great way to relax and enjoy delicious local craft beer while listening to local bands. We had the pleasure of asking Bathtub Row’s General Manager, Jason Fitzpatrick, a few questions about the partnership, the events and his thoughts on the Los Alamos craft beer scene.
How would you describe the craft beer scene in Los Alamos?
Vibrant and discerning. This is a very thirsty town and our members and patrons continue to prove their commitment to the craft.
How did Bathtub Row end up partnering with Pajarito Mountain for the Beer & Band series?
One of our former Board Members and most active customers, Thad Hahn, has run the event at Pajarito for years. We both agreed that pairing Bathtub Row with Beer & Band would make a great partnership. Bathtub Row also enjoys supporting local musicians, so we really appreciate the opportunity to help bring these great events to Los Alamos.
What does it mean to be a brewing co-op and why did Bathtub Row decide to become one?
We are owned by our membership and run by employees. The basic structure of the Co-op model is split into 1) Operations, run by the General Manager, and 2) Policy, decided and implemented by the elected Board of Directors. We do have a professional team running the brewery. The founders and original members of Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op decided to become a cooperative because they wanted a craft brewery and gathering place for the community. There wasn’t a single or small group of investors, so they decided to take the concept to the community at large. The cooperative craft beer model has proven very successful here in Los Alamos.
How many brewing co-ops are there in the U.S.?
To the best of my knowledge, there are five. Hopefully the success of Bathtub Row will inspire others!
Do you see a crossover in skiers and craft beer drinkers in Los Alamos? If so, why do you think that is?
We do get a lot of customers that come right off of the mountain and head to the Tub for a beer. Both the outdoors and craft beer seem to appeal to a subset of society that enjoys quality, activity, and socialization.
Which beer are you most excited to bring to the Beer & Band series? Can you give us a preview of the beers you’ll offer at the event?
At each of the Beer & Band events we’ll bring an IPA—by far the most popular beer with our patrons—as well as a variety of three other styles. As lovers of craft beer, we enjoy many different styles and try to highlight seasonal flavors and aromas in our rotating taps.
What do you think of the Beer & Band music lineup?
An eclectic mix of some of the great bands of Northern New Mexico. We are really excited to play a part in showcasing their artistic talent!
*As a friendly reminder, there are no ATMs at Pajarito Mountain, so please bring cash to purchase alcohol and food.