Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Opens Saturday!

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu

 

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu
 

PMSA News:

 

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area (PMSA) just announced that after picking up seven inches of snow Wednesday, the Los Alamos Ski Area will open most of its mountain this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Mountain officials are reporting a 26-inch base on powder and packed powder conditions. General manager Tom Long says he expects to open four lifts (Mother, Aspen, Beginner and the Mighty Mite) along with 32 of the mountain’s 44 trails, including eight beginner trails, eight intermediate trails and 16 expert trails.

 

The lifts will turn 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday and all mountain facilities will be open, including ski school and the ski area’s rental shop. Pajarito’s cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch this weekend.

 

Long said that the management team will determine and announce additional dates of operation after this weekend.

 

Lift tickets are $49 for adults (ages 21-59), $42 for students (ages 13-20), $34 for kids (ages 7-12) and $42 for seniors (ages 60-69). Kids ages 6 and younger and guests ages 70 and older receive a free lift ticket everyday.

Last spring, the Los Alamos Ski Club – which previously owned and operated Pajarito – voted and approved to transfer Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to Los Alamos County and Pajarito Recreation LP, a new partnership formed by the management group that operates Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort.

Skiing in the Pajarito area dates at least to the 1930s, and a ski club was first organized in 1943. Today, the area has six lifts — a quad, a triple, three doubles and one rope tow — 40 trails on 751 acres and a peak elevation of 10,440 feet.

About Pajarito

Pajarito Mountain is where performance skiers come for miles of mogul runs and a laid back atmosphere. Located at the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains in Northern New Mexico, 5 miles west of Los Alamos and just 90 minutes from Albuquerque and 45 minutes from Santa Fe. Pajarito hosts spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Privately owned by the Los Alamos Ski Club and developed in the late 1950s, Pajarito now enjoys 40 named trails and has some of the best bump skiing in the state with a fully operational ski school, Café, and ski rental facility as well as a large volunteer ski patrol. 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 www.skipajarito.com.

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu

This morning at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy of Stacey Glaser/Sipapu

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