Pajarito’s Biggest Summer Event Saturday

Scene from Summerfest 2015. Courtesy photo


  • Beer Festival, Live Music and Mountain Bike Race

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will kick off its summer season this Saturday with Summerfest, one of the mountain’s biggest events of the year.

The festival includes the New Mexico Craft BrewFest, two concerts, a downhill bike race, lift-served hiking and biking, a disc golf tournament and more. Summerfest is the first of several events happening at the Los Alamos ski area this summer.

The June 4 event begins at 9 a.m. with the downhill bike race and lift-served hiking and biking. The New Mexico Craft Brewfest features more than a dozen local brewers including Marble, Bathtub Row, Santa Fe, Taos Mesa, La Cumbre and more. The beer garden is open noon to 6 p.m. and a $20 cash-only entry fee is required (there are no ATMs at Pajarito). Live music will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. with Albuquerque-based hillbilly band Cowboys and Indian, alongside special guests DK and the Affordables.

ACT Shuttle will provide free transportation from Los Alamos High School to the ski area 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., every 30 minutes.

“Whether you’re a mountain biker interested in our downhill race, a family looking for a fun Saturday activity, a craft beer connoisseur, a music lover – or all of the above! – you will want to be a part of Summerfest,” festival director Thad Hahn said. “Summerfest is one of those classic events that our community and guests absolutely love, and we love hosting it, too.”

Summerfest is just one of several mountain events featuring live music and beer gardens. On July 8, Grayson Capps will perform at Pajarito as part of the popular Gordons’ Summer Concert series. The fall-favorite ULLR Fest, which features the New Mexico Brewersfest and live music, takes place Oct. 1, and the Los Alamos Ski Club is also planning to host multiple “Beer and Band” events throughout the summer, featuring local breweries and local musicians. The Beer and Band schedule will be announced soon and posted on

The 2016 summer calendar also includes more adventurous events, including the downhill racing event, Endurofest, Aug. 7 and multiple Bike & Hike days. During these select weekends, guests can enjoy lift-served mountain biking for $25 per day or hiking for $15 per day. In addition to the mountain’s 45 ski trails (which double as hiking trails in the summer), Pajarito offers 1,200 feet of downhill, cross country and freeride mountain bike trails.

The Pajarito Mountain Café is now open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday plus special event weekends. Known for its spectacular mountain views, the lodge restaurant offers American and New Mexican cuisine plus daily specials. For the latest operating hours, guests are encouraged to visit

For more information, call 505.662.5725 or visit

About Pajarito

Located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and 30 minutes northwest of Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area offers 45 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. For more information, visit