Pajarito Mountain Opens Cafe At Lodge Thursday Jan. 7

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe opens Thursday with exclusively outdoor seating. Courtesy/Pajarito


  • Pajarito is awaiting a visit from Mother Nature to provide needed snowfall to open the Ski Area!

Pajarito Mountain will be opening its cafe for regular hours 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 7.

Henceforth, the cafe will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Featuring exclusively outdoor seating, guests can enjoy a variety of treats from Pajarito Cafe’s revamped menu. 

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe features an outdoor deck with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Guests are invited to enjoy naturally physically distanced outdoor seating. Further guests can bring their own alcoholic beverages to enjoy while they sample Pajarito Cafe’s offerings.

The snow around the lodge also provides a great playground for children. 

Because of unseasonably warm and dry weather conditions, Pajarito Mountain has not yet been able to open for winter sports operations.

“We are prepping the mountain and making every effort to open as soon as we can,” said Tom Long, director of Mountain Operations at Pajarito. “We’ve had very little natural snowfall this year, and our snowmaking capabilities act as an adjunct to natural snow. We cannot open the mountain with just snowmaking.” 

Pajarito’s retail store also will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. , and the mountain has a new landing page on its website where customers can peruse merchandise and order it for curbside pickup or delivery by mail. Guests should visit for more information. 

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