Pajarito Mountain Opens To Skiers White Friday!

Sunrise snowmaking underway Nov. 13 at Pajarito. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

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  • Historical Moment for Pajarito with New Snowmaking Efforts and Earliest Opening in Recent History!

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opens for ski and snowboard season at 9 a.m. Friday, which is the earliest opening in the ski area’s recent history. 

Pajarito Mountain’s water collection system was expanded this year and mountain crews have been able to make more snow using water collected in the pond over the summer. This has allowed mountain crews at Pajarito to start making a significant amount of snow for the first time in the resort’s history.

“This is an historical moment and an exciting year for Pajarito,” said James Coleman, managing partner of Pajarito Mountain. “It’s the first time Pajarito has been able to utilize a significant amount of water from the weir system for snowmaking efforts and open earlier than in recent history.”

Located in Los Alamos and about 40 miles from Santa Fe, Pajarito typically opened on or around Dec. 20, conditions permitting.

“The new snowmaking infrastructure is a game changer for Pajarito,” Coleman said. “We’re now able to prepare the mountain and announce an opening date with confidence and without solely relying on what Mother Nature provides.” 

On Friday, the Aspen Lift will be turning 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., open terrain includes Bruce’s Blvd, Lone Spruce and East Road. Lift tickets for opening weekend are $29, kids 6 and under and seniors 70+ ski free. At 8 a.m. Friday the rental shop and Pajarito Mountain Café open.

Pajarito will be open Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 27 through Dec. 13. Starting Friday, Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, Pajarito will be open daily. Jan. 6 through March 6, Pajarito is open Wednesdays through Sundays, plus holidays. Pajarito will be open daily for spring break, March 11-27, and then open weekends in April, conditions permitting. 

Also new this season, Pajarito is adding a new trail on the west side of the mountain, providing a gentle slope that’s ideal for beginners. Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is part of a collection of southwest ski resorts, including Arizona Snowbowl, Purgatory Resort and Sipapu Ski Resort. Sipapu was the first ski area to open in New Mexico Nov. 14. Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff opened Nov. 20, and Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo. opened Nov. 21. 

Earlier this year, Coleman announced a $10 million multi-resort capital campaign to install three new lifts, additional trails and snowmaking infrastructure at Pajarito, Sipapu, Purgatory Resort, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Skiers can take advantage of new multi-day pass products that are available for purchase at regional sales events this fall. The Power Card, priced at $50, offers a free day of skiing at the card holder’s choice of resorts plus five days of discounted lift tickets at each resort: Pajarito, Sipapu, Purgatory Resort and Arizona Snowbowl.

Also new this season, the Power Pack, as low as $129, offers up to six days at Pajarito or Sipapu, or three days at Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl, or the Power Pack may be used in a combination of ways at the various four resorts. Starting at $199, the Power Pack Plus offers up to 10 days at Pajarito or Sipapu, or five days at Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl, or a combination at all resorts. Special pricing is available for adults, kids ages 17 and under, and college students. For a list of ski shows, visit Pajarito’s website at

Skiers and snowboarders may purchase Power Pass season passes that provide unlimited access to all four resorts. Also on sale are the New Mexico Power Pass Plus and New Mexico Power Pass season passes, both of which offer unlimited skiing at Pajarito Mountain and Sipapu, with benefits at Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl, and additional partner resorts.

For further information about Pajarito, visit

About Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

Located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and 30 minutes northwest of Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area offers 40 trails, 6 lifts and one terrain park, 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. For more information, visit

James Coleman is managing partner of three ski areas, including Purgatory Resort, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, and Pajarito Ski Area, and one of the general partners at Arizona Snowbowl, totaling more than 3,000 acres of terrain, 29 lifts, more than 210 trails and 13 terrain parks. A massive $10 million multi-resort capital campaign was recently announced providing significant mountain improvements, including new lifts, more trails, and additional snowmaking infrastructure across the four southwest resorts for the 2015/2016 ski and snowboard season. 

About Los Alamos County

Los Alamos County is home to a number of natural, cultural and man-made wonders including the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bradbury Science Museum (featuring exhibits centered around the Manhattan Project, among others), Ashley Pond, and many more. Check out, for more information.

Making snow Nov. 12 at Pajarito. Courtesy/Pajarito

Making snow Nov. 13 at Pajarito. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Making snow Nov. 23 at Pajarito. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain