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Photo Highlights From 2019-2020 Season

Thanks for a great season! Thanks to all of our pass holders,  guests, and employees for making this season a great one. Here are a couple of our favorite guest photos from the 2019-2020 ski season. 









@justinmtnvbz from the MTN Vibes event

Quote from Justin about MTN Vibes: To say this past weekend was truly memorable is an understatement. When I founded Mountain Vibez and Good Vibez Non-Profit I never expected it would turn into all of this. Through my passion to snowboard, I have ...

One Day at a Time

With rapid-fire changes in the current response to COVID-19, we plan to operate until our closing date of April 6, while exercising caution to encourage social distancing. We are also responding and respecting national and state guidelines. 

We hav reduced seating by 50% in the lodge to increase spacing, and create additional outdoor seating where possible.

We have increased sanitization of all guest and employee spaces, including bathrooms, lockers, and dining areas

To respect personal spacing, guests wishing to ride alone or with fewer than the prescribed number of seats on a chairlift lift may ask the lift attendant to do so

Because of ...

A Note to our Purgatory Guests Coming To Pajarito

Thinking about coming to Pajarito to ski? 

All Purgatory pre-purchased lift ticket and season pass products that are valid during these dates will be honored at Pajarito.

What about your lodging?

Pajarito does not offer lodging. 

Purchased a World’s Best Spring Break ticket?

You will receive your $10 credit for Pajarito, but, subject to the availability of instructors and equipment, the resort will honor your lessons and equipment. 

We are monitoring local and state guidelines carefully, as well as guidance from the CDC. Our operations are day-to-day in this rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19. Please check our social media page and this blog for updates. 

An Update on Refunds Due to COVID-19

We’re grateful for the snow we received today and are open for business. We love the outdoors and know you do, too. We are also closely following and monitoring guidance from local and state officials, as well as the CDC to address COVID-19. We are working hard to clean, disinfect, and care for our customers and employees during this uncertain time. We love our community and seek to partner with you to address this situation. We know that circumstances may prevent your skiing and snowboarding with us at this time, but we want you to come back for another visit. 

All ...

A note to our guests about the coronavirus

Pajarito Mountain is open daily and plans to operate through April 5, weather permitting.  Pajarito Mountain has been actively monitoring New Mexico and Los Alamos County’s response efforts and guidance of COVID-19. The health and safety of our guests and employees remain our central focus and we are committed to minimizing the impacts of COVID-19 exposure in our community. The resort staff is working side-by-side with public health experts including the Centers for Disease Control and will continue to do so until there is no longer a public health concern. As of March 12, 2020: Our existing lodging cancellation policy remains ...

Hugh Casey Brings Video Analysis for Seniors at Pajarito

Hugh Casey, one of our valuable, longstanding instructors, has recently begun experimenting with video analysis. Hugh and fellow instructor John Viney host the Pajarito Senior Clinic, which meets every Thursday at 8:30 am and is aimed at those 60 and older. The group skis together until lunch while learning contemporary ski techniques and enjoying the camaraderie of a shared passion for the snow. 

 Many instructors at bigger resorts offer video analysis to help skiers understand and see where they might need improvement. Hugh scheduled video sessions for 16 volunteers using his phone to take the footage. The group shot on Lone Spruce. ...

Pajarito Community Benefit Day


Community Benefit Day at Pajarito Mountain will be January 26, 2020. In its first year, Community Benefit Days is a way for Pajarito to give back to the community by donating a portion of lift ticket sales to a local nonprofit. This year’s proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in Santa Fe. The resort pledges to donate 20 percent of lift ticket sales. 

“Providing support to a young person is very gratifying. This organization is very dear to my heart,” said Tom Long, General Manager at Pajarito. “I was once a Big Brother. Big Brothers and Big Sisters continue to ...

Opening Day Photos

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Pajarito Opens Friday, December 13

Pajarito Mountain Kicks Off Ski Season Friday, December 10 Come Ski the Bumps and Steeps! We begin our winter season this Friday with approximately 15 runs open. The Aspen lift, Beginner’s Lift and the magic carpet will all be running. After a record snow year last year, Pajarito is poised for another season of skiing and snowboarding in Los Alamos. “This will be one of our best openings in recent years,” said Tom Long, Pajarito General Manager, “We’re thrilled to be opening so much terrain.”

Recent cool temperatures, continued snowmaking and regular snowfall have allowed the mountain team to open plenty of runs ...

The Power Pass Welcomes Brian Head to the Family


Mountain Capital Partners to Acquire Brian Head Resort 

Utah-based resort joins the largest ski and outdoor collective in the Southwest

James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners, announced an acquisition agreement to manage and operate Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah. Mountain Capital Partners currently owns and operates seven ski and bike resorts throughout the Southwest, including Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Brian Head is the second Utah-based ski resort to join the MCP collective, alongside Nordic Valley Ski Resort in Northern Utah. 

“We’re proud to welcome Brian Head Resort and its employees to the MCP family,” said ...

Creating a Family Legacy

Tom and Tommy Long, the Mountain Men of Pajarito

Some fathers and sons rebuild old cars, some go hunting or others hit the road for adventure. Very few have the opportunity to both work and play together – except our very own Tom and Tommy Long! Tom, a 50-year ski industry veteran, has been working at Pajarito since 2004. He’s our General Manager. Several years ago, Tom brought his son, Tommy, onboard whenever he needed an extra hand. In 2009, Tommy started full time, and is now our Snowmaking Manager.

Tommy and Tom Long on the lift

While working at ...

Photo highlights from the 18/19 season

Thanks for a great season! Thanks to all of our pass holders,  guests, and employees for making this season a great one. Here are a couple of our favorite guest photos from the 2018-2019 ski season. 

Opening day at Pajarito.PC: @benjithethird

Zack Hill skiing through some blower snow!

PC: @carrie2426

PC: @aidan.ortizzzzzzz


Torchlight Parade PC: @anothernmdirtbag


Zack Hill in deep powder!


Pup enjoying Pajarito!PC:@mtntortuga

Bluebird Day at the little bird!PC: boiimertle


Thanks for a great season. Summer operations are scheduled to start June 6th, see you ...

Halloween Snow!

This is no joke – there’s 4″ of fresh snow at Pajarito and it’s still coming down. OpenSnow is calling for another 2-4″ to fall throughout the day. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram for more updates on how we’re getting ready to open. Opening Day is scheduled for Friday, December 21. 

Here are some of our favorite snow day photos to get you excited for winter!

100 Days To Ski Season

Ski Season is right around the corner! Today marks 100 days until the kickoff of the ski season for Pajarito Mountain, which will open for the 2018/19 season on Friday, December 21. El Niño is forecasted for the 2018/19 season, which means more powder days! The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is currently predicting El Niño conditions for this winter, which tend to produce a greater than average snowfall across the southern Rockies, benefiting New Mexico.

“Everyone at Pajarito is excited for ski season to begin,” stated Tom Long, general manager at Pajarito. “Our crews have been hard at work ...

Happy Trails

Do you love seeing where your feet can take you? Pajarito is the perfect place for summer trail runs. The cool mountain breezes will wick away sweat, while you climb up to beautiful views of the Valles Calderas on trails that are just perfect for running. Looking to fuel up on your run? The Pajarito Mountain Cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 2pm and the perfect place to re-fuel with drinks, cookies, and bars or to replace those calories you burned after a run with juicy burgers, breakfast burritos and more!

Trail runner by Vint Miller

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