Snowmaking got underway Nov. 18 at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain
A warmer and dryer than usual fall has delayed the opening dates for many ski areas throughout the west. Officials at Pajarito Mountain have announced they also must delay the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25. Mountain officials are now targeting Saturday, Dec. 3 for Pajarito’s ski season opener.
“While Pajarito picked up four inches of fresh snow Monday night and the mountain team has had a successful snowmaking push recently, we’ve made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, and are now targeting Dec. 3 to kick off ski season,” Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said. “Our team wanted to do everything we could to try to meet the original date while still providing the best early season conditions possible. But we believe this is the best course of action given the current conditions.”
Pajarito’s Snowmaking Manager, Tommy Long, added, “Pajarito’s snowmaking team has been working around the clock with the goal of opening with the best product for our guests. Delaying our opening by a week gives us some extra time to continue snowmaking efforts so that we can open with top to bottom skiing from the Aspen lift on the Lone Spruce trail, plus feature our beginner lift.”
Nighttime temperatures are favorable this week for continued snowmaking efforts. This season, Pajarito is able to run the snowmaking system at its designed capacity, much more efficiently due to upgrades to the infrastructure. Snowmaking efforts started this year on Nov. 18.
“Everyone at Pajarito is excited to kick off the ski season,” GM Tom Long said. “With the help of Mother Nature, our dedicated team, and our enhanced snowmaking system, we’ll be able to offer our guests a great skiing experience through the entire season.”
New for this season: Pajarito’s mountain team made enhancements to the ski area’s snowmaking system to support opening day and provide a great skier experience throughout the season. Pajarito has automated the pump house, which allows the resort to make more snow and improve its efficiency, while providing more consistent snowmaking efforts. Pajarito expanded its weir system to collect additional water for snowmaking efforts. These improvements will provide guests with enhanced snow quality and an overall better skiing experience all season.
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opened Nov. 27 last year, one of the earliest starts in recent history. The ski area operated a total of 87 days, also a first for the resort in recent years. Pajarito offered skiers and snowboarders a consistent operating schedule of Wednesdays through Sundays, a schedule that will be continued this winter.
For updates and more details, visit Pajarito’s website.