Although we’ve had a successful snowmaking push and picked up 4” of snow last night, we have made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, which was originally scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 25. Tommy Long, Snowmaking Manager, says “We’ve been working around the clock to get the best product open for our guests but Mother Nature has proven to be a tough adversary.” I am hopeful we will be able to open Saturday, Dec. 3.
“The little bit of extra time gives us the opportunity to put the best possible product out there on Opening Day,” Tommy adds. We’re concentrating our snowmaking efforts on Lone Spruce and plan to open the trail, and the Aspen and Beginner Lifts, from top to bottom on Dec. 3. Temperatures do look favorable for snowmaking tonight and we hope to run all 9 guns! Stay tuned to our snow report for more information.
This year we’ve run our snowmaking system more than ever before and for longer periods of time. We’re really excited to be using our snowmaking infrastructure to its fullest and how it was initially designed. In year’s past we weren’t able to run the system at its designed capacity but this year the system runs more efficiently with better results than ever before. It’s really exciting to see the full magnitude of what our snowmaking system (and crew!) can do. If you’re planning to come up to the mountain to hike or to enjoy the snow, be aware of equipment we have on the mountain. Please stay to the left side (nothing east of Bruce’s Boulevard) of the mountain for your safety and for the safety of our mountain crew.
Even though we’re having to push opening day a bit, we’re still forecasted to have an amazing ski season. We do not see a correlation between a warm October/early November and future snowfall or season-long snow conditions. We’ve experienced previous seasons that had plenty of early snow and other seasons when winter weather was slow to materialize but it ended up being a fantastic season. With the help of Mother Nature, coupled with our sophisticated snowmaking system, we will be able to provide a great ski season for our guests. Winter is on its way, and we’re confident it’s going to be a fantastic year!
Remember, everyone needs to take a new photo this year because of our new software. We’ll be open tomorrow for pass printing before our office closes Nov. 24-27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Passes will be issued daily Nov. 28th – Dec. 2 from 8am to 4pm. As our team prepares the mountain for opening day, we will be sure to keep you posted. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram regularly for the latest information on opening day. If you have additional questions, feel free to call (505) 662-5725.
See you on the mountain soon!