Pajarito Mountain Snow, Ullr Fest, Beer Co-op Debut

By Greg Kendall

Pajarito Mountain Snowmaking to be Limited

Snowmaking will be limited at Pajarito Mountain this season as last year’s water collection proved lack-luster with disappointing snowfall totals and low water density in the snowpack, said Pajarito Mountain’s Clay Paris. 

The new water retention snowmaking pond at the top of the ski hill has been repaired, however, the pond remains at a low water storage level due to the lack of a good spring runoff, Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said. Long told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the snowmaking pond is “good to go” for next spring’s run-off. 

Bring on the Snow, Get some Skis

Pajarito Mountain pre-season “Ski Season Pass” passes will be on sale until Nov. 3. After which prices will go to premium in-season prices. Pre-season prices are as follows: Adult (18-64) $399; Dependent Youth (18-26) $239; Teen (13-17) $239; Child (7-12) $219; Senior (65-74) $249. This year’s ski swap is Oct. 20.  No word yet on the whereabouts for the Warren Miller film.

Ullr Festival Saturday

The Ullr Festival will be at Pajarito Mountain Saturday Sept. 29. There will be live music 1-5 p.m.  Eleven New Mexico Breweries will serve beer noon to 5 p.m. The breweries are Chama River, La Cumbra, Blue Heron, Abbey, Second Street, Tractor, Turtle Mountain, Blue Corn, Il Vicino, Marble and Santa Fe.

The beer garden is a cash only event costing $15. Lifts will be running to take bikers and hikers to the top of the mountain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cafe grill will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the festival.

This is a fundraiser for fire recovery and a celebration of the upcoming winter season. The Felonious Grove Foundation with lay down a mix of retro funk, Latin grooves and dance floor rock. A costume contest will be held. The free shuttle to Pajarito Mountain will leave Sullivan Field every 30 minutes 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 505-662-5725 for more information on the Ullr Festival.

Los Alamos Beer Cooperative Debuting at Ullr Fest

The Los Alamos Beer Cooperative [LABC] will be introduced at Ullr Fest, according to volunteer/founding member Steve Watts.

Watts is general manager of the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

The LABC has begun a fundraising effort to raise $300,00 to $500,000 to establish a location for a taproom, buy brewing equipment and hire personnel for the LABC. Watts expects this process to take 12 to 48 months.   

LABC lists the following anticipated benefits for joining the LABC:

  • Discounted beer when the taproom opens,
  • Free members-only pint glass to enjoy your favorite brew,
  • Discounted beer education opportunities, beer dinners, beer tastings,
  • Member appreciation and private tasting events
  • Help choose and evolve the beers brewed,
  • Voting power for Board of Directors and setting long term goals and policies,
  • Run for a seat on the Board,
  • Bragging rights and a chance to build and be part of something great,
  • Patronage rebates—after the brewery and taproom are operational, the excess net savings of the business can be distributed back to the membership on the basis of patronage.
  • More to come as the Beer Coop grows.

Contact Steve Watts at 505-575-3785 for more LABC information. Click on links for more information. 

Talking Points: LABC

LABC Membership Application Form

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