In celebration of the summer season, Ski Pajarito in Los Alamos is hosting its ninth annual Summerfest, June 7 featuring live music, New Mexico Brewer’s Fest and Pajarito Punishment Downhill Bike Race, among other activities for the whole family.
“Summerfest at Pajarito Mountain is a community festival worth sharing,” Summerfest promoter Thad Hahn said. “It highlights what is so fantastic about summers on the mountain – from the beer and bands, hiking, biking to music and family fun.”
Located in the cool Jemez Mountains of North Central New Mexico, Pajarito Mountain will offer scenic chair lifts to the top of the mountain during Summerfest, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festival goers can hike or bike down a number of trails, ranging from easy to most difficult/expert. Lift tickets are only $10 for hiking and $25 for mountain biking.
For competitive bicyclists, the Pajarito Punishment Downhill Bike Race will begin at 1 p.m., where racers will careen down the mountain at top speed.
Bicyclists and festival goers can cool off and relax 1-6 p.m. with a microbrew from one of 17 participating local and regional breweries including Santa Fe Brewing Company, Marble Brewery, La Cumbre, Taos Mesa, Blue Heron and more during New Mexico Brewer’s Fest. Both a winery and cider distillery will offer samples as well. Tickets are $20 (cash only), which includes beer samples, one filled pint and koozie.
Live music 2-6 p.m., by Nosotros will add Latin flavor to the event with flamenco, jazz, salsa and rock inspired rhythms.
Along with live music, bike race, and brews, Summerfest also has disc golf and a children’s area with a 61-foot obstacle course and separate jumper for younger children.
Pajarito Mountain Cafe will serve food 1-5 p.m. including burgers and New Mexican food.
Shuttle bus service from Los Alamos High School’s Sullivan Field will be available at no charge 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., courtesy of the Atomic City Transit. Buses depart every half hour. For more information about Summerfest, visit skipajarito.com or facebook.com/PajaritoMountainFestivals?ref=hl.
More Competitive Cycling Opportunities
June 8, competitive cyclists can compete for cash prizes at the 42nd annual Tour de Los Alamos – the oldest bike race in the Southwest. The race loop is 27 miles in length and is a scenic ride through Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument and White Rock.
Entry fees are $25 before June 8, and $45 on race day. Junior racers ages 18 years and younger are free. The deadline for online registration ends at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Register in person 7-8 a.m., June 7 at Los Alamos National Bank and 6:30-7:30 a.m., June 8 at 20th Street along Central Avenue or register online at tourdelosalamos.org.
With cool summer temperatures, Los Alamos is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit fyilosalamos.com for more information.