Winter is Not Over at our Sister Resorts

After a successful 87 days of operation, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area suspended its 2015-2016 winter season yesterday, March 20, 2016. It was appropriate that our final scheduled day would be the first day of spring, since it was looking very spring-like in our base area!

And while winter may be on hold at Pajarito, it continues at our sister resorts. As a matter of fact, all Pajarito passholders may present their 2015-2016 season pass at Purgatory, Sipapu and Arizona Snowbowl and receive a free lift ticket. Whether you purchased a Power Pass, a value pass or a family pass, this offer is available to all passholders everyday now through the end of the 2015-2016 winter season.

Spring at Purgatory! Present your 2015-2016 season pass and receive FREE skiing at Purgatory, Sipapu and Snowbowl.

Spring at Purgatory! Present your 2015-2016 season pass and receive FREE skiing at Purgatory, Sipapu and Snowbowl.

As I think about Pajarito’s winter, I can’t help but be reminded of a few important milestones and memorable highlights:

* For the first time ever, we filled nearly all 10 million gallons of water in our holding pond, which allowed us to fully utilize our snowmaking system. As a result, on November 27, 2015 (White Friday!) we opened our slopes. This marked one of the earliest starts in recent history.

* We expanded our operating schedule. In 2016, we opened every Wednesday through Sunday (plus holidays), which was first for us. This ski area used to be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and we were excited to add additional ski days to the calendar. We’re working our way to daily operations – this new schedule put us one step closer to that goal.

* As our mountain operations continue to expand, the Los Alamos Ski Club continues to evolve, too. This vital network of volunteers remains very involved in our ski area, from sponsoring and promoting events to providing financial assistance for after school programs. Over the last two years, we’ve seen many things change, but our partnership with the Los Alamos Ski Club remains as steadfast as ever.

* Our runoff collection is going extremely well so far.  In about four more days of pumping, we will replace all the water we used for snowmaking last November.  

I want to also take this time to thank our staff for their dedication and hard work. We consistently receive fantastic feedback from our guests about your level of service – thank you for bringing your A game everyday. I also want to thank the Los Alamos Ski Club and the numerous volunteers who give so much of their time and their schedule to support our shared passion: skiing and snowboarding. These volunteers continue to be the heart of our mountain, and we would not be the same – nor as successful – without them.

Finally, I want to thank you, our guests, our friends, our family, who visited our mountain this winter. Thanks to your visits, we enjoyed an extremely successful season. Thank you for spending time at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

And – by the way – we continue to watch the storms headed for New Mexico. One good snowstorm, and we’ll fire up the lifts again.

In the meantime, please enjoy the spring skiing at our sister resorts, and be on the lookout for our summer hike & bike schedule! Spring is here, and mountain biking season will return to Pajarito before we know it.