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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Los Alamos

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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area (Pajarito) is located on the north face of Pajarito Mountain, one of the Jemez Mountains in north central New Mexico, west of Los Alamos. It is located on 850 acres (3.4 km2) of privately owned land. Pajarito Mountain is owned and operated by volunteers and Mountain Capital Partners. A typical season runs from Christmas to early April, but an outstanding season may run from Thanksgiving to late April. Pajarito now has a snowmaking system and it is producing snow. Season passes are available with discounts available for early season purchase.

In summer, Pajarito hosts numerous special events, many involving mountain biking. An extensive network of single and double track mountain bike trails criss-cross the mountain, including a new singletrack trail going to the summit. Pajarito hosts lift access downhill and freeride mountain biking off the Spruce chair, and has continued to do so after the Las Conchas Fire in 2011. There also are hiking trails, and horse riding is permitted everywhere except on the mountain bike trails. Adjacent to Pajarito is a Los Alamos County campground, Camp May; Santa Fe National Forest; and Valles Caldera National Preserve.
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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area reviews

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  • Can be slow to get rentals and tickets since not many people work there. Our first instructor was pretty bad but second one was great. Slopes are challenging for us beginners. I have met people that.....  more
    Can be slow to get rentals and tickets since not many people work there. Our first instructor was pretty bad but second one was great. Slopes are challenging for us beginners. I have met people that.....  more »
  • Great family friendly ski resort and incredibly priced well. This is an excellent place for first timers with great instructors that were extremely patient with my kids and all three kids were first.....  more
    Great family friendly ski resort and incredibly priced well. This is an excellent place for first timers with great instructors that were extremely patient with my kids and all three kids were first.....  more »
  • Really enjoy this ski area, and good value. Lots of blue and green cruisers and some fairly advanced mogul runs. Parking is convenient and it is only 20min or so from Los Alamos. 
    Really enjoy this ski area, and good value. Lots of blue and green cruisers and some fairly advanced mogul runs. Parking is convenient and it is only 20min or so from Los Alamos.  more »
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  • Low prices meet, low elevation, and poor attention to detail. Pajarito is in trouble with both warming temps and poor management. The terrain is pretty straightforward, and there isn't anything really that steep. The snow doesn't hold up well because it melts rather than sublimates, which then freezes at night. So, it's icy compared to other northern NM ski areas. When it does get powder, the top half of the mountain is a lot of fun (if you don't hit rocks/trees barely hidden under the snow). The lower half isn't steep enough for powder skiing, and you pretty much straight run to the chair for another lap of the top half. The resort and its management are in serious financial trouble. It shows up in big ways: facilities are not maintained or improved. I've personally been stuck on a broken chairlift for a few hours. But also in little ways: the groomer kicks baseball sized rocks onto the ski runs (particularly at the beginner area), and the resort just leaves them there for people to hit. It'd take maybe 30 minutes to clear the rocks from each of the common spots, but the resort cannot or won't pay staff to do that. Take it for what it is, inexpensive and careworn.
  • Great hiking. Very pretty drive on the way up. Lots of parking/hiking trails. The Aspens we're stunning! Some good jeep trails on the way up as well. The view from the top was also pretty. If traveling during the spring or fall months, bring a sweater as it can get chilly on the way up!
  • First time here today. I am primarily a green trail skier. I prefer long cat track type runs. Pajarito is a very pretty, scenic ski area.Due to the weekend storm they had great snow but a lot of their signs blew down. So it was challenging finding my way.I never did find the green trail to the Mother lift that is depicted on the trail map. So I did not get to try the several green runs from that lift. I would come again though. Hopefully they get the signage fixed. Otherwise, its about the same travel time to Pajarito from Albuquerque as to Ski Santa Fe.
  • SO fun. We went two weeks in a row on Wednesdays. Awesome! Employees are nice. Conveyor belt was running the second visit. Parking is easy and super close. Beginner ski area is right next to lodge as you pull up. So is ticket counter. Further into lot is close to Aspen ski lift. First time we went brought our own skis rented in Santa Fe. Saw how little people were around and decided to rent directly from Pajarito the next week. Super easy and quick. In and out in 10 min! We rolled in about 11am. Great day of skiing! Spent most of the time on beginner lift, but also did Aspen lift a couple times. Aspen lift took us to top of mountain. Gorgeous! Then took the long road to the LEFT. If you're beginner like us, follow green signs that say Easiest. Zero East Road goes way left, then back to right and sends you to beginner lift again. Great ski resort!
  • We love pajarito Mt. During the winter we snowboard and During the summer we get to ride our bikes. The new green bike trail, allowed me to join our boys down the mountain. The staff is friendly and their installations are clean.

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