A Foot Of New Snow Means Pajarito Opens Sunday With Passholder Appreciation Days Friday And Saturday

Pajarito Mountain opens Sunday for to the public following two special appreciation days reserved for passholders Friday and Saturday. Courtesy Photo


Pajarito Mountain begins its winter operations this Sunday, Jan. 24, with two special appreciation days reserved especially for passholders Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23. 

The Aspen lift and Beginner’s Lift will be running and service 4 runs. 

After unseasonably warm and dry conditions, resort staff are thrilled to be opening the mountain. “Mother Nature took her time getting us the snow we needed to open,” said Tom Long, Pajarito Director of Mountain Operations “We are very glad to get the nearly foot of snow that allowed us to get the lifts running.”

Runs open will include: 

  • Bruce’s Boulevard East and West
  • Pussycat
  • Lone Spruce
  • Beginner’s West

Pajarito will be open this weekend, close during the week Jan. 25-28, and will re-open for operations Friday, Jan. 29-31. Henceforth, the resort is planning to open on its usual Wednesday-Sunday schedule until Spring Break with adequate snow. For updated hours, please visit the Pajarito website at pajarito.ski.

The Pajarito Cafe will also be open, though will not offer indoor seating. New this year, the cafe has an online ordering system, available at www.pajarito.ski/eat where guests can order their food on their phone and the system will notify the guest when their food is ready. Pajarito’s updated retail store also will be open and will offer a wide range of gear and mountain apparel. For opening weekend only, the mountain will not be offering ski school.

Lift tickets may be purchased at www.pajarito.ski later this week. Every child 5th grade and younger gets a FREE season pass to Pajarito with the PowerKids program. Guests may visit pajarito.ski to obtain the pass. 

Pajarito will be observing COVID-19 precautions, outlined here

  • Face coverings are required in public settings except when eating, drinking, or exercising. This includes in line for the lift. 
  • Guests should wash hands often and sanitize between activities.
  • Guests should practice physical distancing and maintain 6 feet of distance around other guests whenever possible.
  • Pajarito is performing additional maintenance and sanitization within our facilities.
  • Employees will be wearing face masks.

About Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

Located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and 30 minutes northwest of Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area offers 41 trails, 6 lifts and two terrain parks, all located on 751 acres on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains. Known for its spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the ski area was founded and developed in the late 1950s by the Los Alamos Ski Club. The fall line and bump runs are heralded as some of the best in the state, and the mountain offers a ski school, restaurant, and ski rental facility. During the summer season, Pajarito Mountain is home to an extensive mountain biking trail system with lift served access and hosts several New Mexico Brewers Festivals throughout the summer. Pajarito is the closest resort to the Albuquerque metro area. For more information, visit www.Pajarito.ski.