Pajarito Mountain Kicks Off Ski Season Friday, Dec. 13



Pajarito Mountain Ski Area begins its winter season this Friday with some 15 runs open. The Aspen lift, Beginner’s Lift and the magic carpet will all be running.

After a record snow year last year, Pajarito is poised for another season of skiing and snowboarding in Los Alamos.

“This will be one of our best openings in recent years,” said Tom Long, Pajarito general manager, “We’re thrilled to be opening so much terrain.”

Recent cool temperatures, continued snowmaking and regular snowfall have allowed the mountain team to open plenty of runs for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the early holiday season on the slopes.

“We’re looking forward to a great opening with plenty of diverse terrain open,” said Long. “This latest storm system came through with an initial warm air mass and we just couldn’t make snow. Mother Nature gave us the push we needed with nine inches of natural snow over the weekend plus colder temperatures that have allowed us to make the snow we needed to be able to open.”

Runs open will include:

  • Bruce’s Boulevard East and West
  • Lone Spruce
  • Daisy Mae Lil Abner
  • Dog Patch
  • Sundance
  • Bonanza
  • Pussycat
  • Aspen
  • Wildcat
  • Lumberyard
  • Mal
  • East and West Mushroom
  • Beginners’ East and West
  • The Conveyor teaching area

Long noted that with continued good snowmaking weather, he hopes to open the Mother lift on Saturday. Pajarito will be open this weekend, closed during the week Dec. 16-19, and will re-open for daily operations beginning Friday, Dec. 20. For updated hours, please visit the Pajarito website at

New this year, Pajarito has updated its retail store and will be offering a wide range of gear and mountain apparel in a renovated space. In addition, Pajarito has added a multi-day children’s ski and snowboard camp to its snowsports school. Pajarito will continue its long-standing partnership with area elementary schools to offer affordable lessons on the mountain for children’s PE.

Adult lift ticket rates are $59 at the window.  New for the 2019/2020 season, guests may purchase tickets online (at least 24 hours in advance) for up to a 50% discount off the window rate. Every child 5th grade and younger gets a FREE season pass to Pajarito with the PowerKids program. Guests may visit to obtain the pass.

New for the 2019/20 season, Pajarito has introduced Camp Bluebird, a new progressive learn to ski or ride program for children ages 5 to 12. This 4-session skiing and snowboarding program provides the best introduction to snow sliding, progressive skill development all while introducing a passion for snowsports and the mountains in a fun environment. Pajarito will continue to offer affordable lift tickets, free events and special promotions throughout the season.

For more information, call (505) 662 5725.

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