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.

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