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Mountain Closed for WeBe Racing October 9-10, 2021

Due to the Moto race from WeBe Racing, the mountain will be closed to all uphill and downhill traffic this weekend October 9-10. 

Thousands Invested in the Water Retention Pond




At the top of Pajarito, a 10 million gallon water retention pond holds the promise of more consistent snow and a little peace of mind. 

This year, Pajarito, together with Mountain Capital Partners has invested more than $250,000 to re-line the water retention pond that holds millions of gallons of rainwater and snowmelt. Each winter, Pajarito will use this water to create snow to jump-start the winter season. Over the years, the lining of the pond has deteriorated, making it impossible to hold onto the water. With this investment, Pajarito hopes to rejuvenate snowmaking to open earlier and stay open. 

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GM Tom Long Honored

Professional Ski Instructor Association Honors Tom Long, General Manager of Pajarito Mountain With Distinguished Service Award


The PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructor Association/American Association of Snowboard Instructor) recently presented Tom Long, General Manager of Pajarito Mountain, with the Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to ski teaching. Long recently attended a ceremony in Breckenridge, Colorado to receive his award. 

Long has been working in the ski industry since 1966, and has had a significant impact on the development of ski curriculum across the nation. His accomplishments include helping develop the PSIA/AASI three-tiered ski and snowboard instructor certification program across the country. He ...

Buy Now, Ski Now

With our new Buy Now, Ski Now benefit, when you purchase an eligible 2021/2022 season pass, you can start using the pass right away – and get access to the 2021/2022 winter season as well.

How it works is pretty simple: purchase your eligible 2021/2022 season pass (don’t forget: we offer a no-interest payment plan), forgo the free shipping, visit your home mountain to pick up your 2021/2022 season pass and start skiing.


What Passes Are Eligible?

The Power Pass delivers unlimited access at all of our mountains – start using this right away at the mountain of your choice ...

Pajarito Mountain Cafe Opens May 5

Pajarito Mountain Cafe opens May 5, 2021 with an all new menu, developed by the lodge’s new Food and Beverage Manager, Eric Tyler. The special Cinco de Mayo grand opening will feature 50% off select New Mexican selections of the menu. 

The cafe will be open Wednesdays-Sundays from 11 am until 2 pm for in person dining exclusively on the spectacular Pajarito deck that overlooks the Sangre de Cristos or for takeout. Guests must order online using the mountain’s food ordering system, available at After ordering, the system will alert guests when the food is ready. “It’s so convenient,” said ...

5 Reasons to Buy Your Season Pass Before Wednesday, April 14

It’s the very best time to buy your season pass for the 2021/2022 winter season.

Prices will never be lower for passes. Have you heard about our no-interest pass payment plan? It’s a great way to spread out the cost of your pass over time. Check out our list of reasons to purchase your pass before April 14. 

1 – Pay No Interest With our payment plan, you never pay interest. Worry-free payments make purchasing your pass easy–and affordable. 

2 – Maximize Your Payments If you purchase your season pass by April 14, you’ll be charged nine monthly payments spread through November 30, 2021. More payments ...

Closing Day March 21

Another Season Comes to a Close….

With high temps, spring has sprung, and Pajarito closes out the 2020/2021 season. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to give our guests the opportunity to ski our beloved mountain. This year has brought many challenges, from COVID-19 to drought-like conditions. I’d like to take the time to thank all of our loyal passholders and guests for their continued support, and the few powder days we shared were awesome! Thanks, too, to the mountain operations and base operations staff for their perseverance and dedication this season. As well, I’d like to thank our ...

Patrolling During COVID + Honoring 35-years for Ralph Nelson

Pajarito Ski Patrol and COVID-19 

Pajarito Ski Patrol are accustomed to encountering challenges at Pajarito Mountain. From unpredictable weather to slick slopes, the patrol takes most challenges in stride. Not, however, when it came to handling COVID-19. When the obstacles arose related to emergency response during the pandemic, the patrol rose to the considerable challenge. 

The group, composed of 70 volunteers and a handful of paid patrollers, began meeting in early summer 2020 to plan for the changes necessary to patrol safely. The group consulted with longtime patroller Dr. Robert McClees, current Medical Director of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol and owner ...

Passholder Appreciation Days January 22-23

PC: Peter Dickson

We Can’t Wait to Welcome Our Favorite Guests Back to Pajarito


The latest snowstorm that dumped 13″ means we can open the mountain! With so much warm weather and dry conditions, we are very happy to get the lifts going. As a special thank you to passholders, we are opening up first to you. You’ve been patient and supportive, and we’re grateful. All passholders are invited to come. Power Pass, Power Pass Select, Power Pass Local and Pajarito Value passholders are all welcome to enjoy these special days Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. We’ll be ...

Opening Day Announced

Mother Nature delivered over a foot of snow to the mountain and we are VERY happy to announce we are opening for winter operations.    Passholder Appreciation Days: January 22-23 Open to the Public: January 24


We will be open for two special passholder appreciation days January 22-23, and we will open to the public Sunday, January 24. Tickets to the public will go on sale later this week at Pajarito’s online store at

We are planning to have the Beginner Chair 3 and the Aspen Chair 4 running. The cafe will be open, but there will be no indoor seating available. NEW! Guests ...

Cafe Open this Thursday, January 7

We’re opening up the cafe for lunch beginning January 7 from 11 am – 2 pm. Moving forward, we’ll have the cafe open Wednesday through Saturday from 11-2. Come enjoy our beautiful deck and some delicious food – we are working on some new menu items to expand our offerings! You can BYOB and enjoy a drink on the deck as well. The kids can play in the snow – sleds welcome! Or pop by for a meal after a morning of exercise on the mountain. Come enjoy our naturally distanced outdoor seating in a beautiful setting.

Snowmaking is Complete!

Last night’s cold temperatures allowed us to wrap up our snowmaking operations; however, we still need a little more natural snowfall to open. We are doing everything we can to make sure that when the snow comes, we’ll be ready!

Continue to keep an eye on our website as well as our Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest updates!


Snowmaking Begins + Winter Storm

We started snowmaking operations last weekend December 19-20 and we are hoping this winter storm gives us the snow we need to get open. Stay tuned for more updates on opening day. Our team is working fast and furious to try and get the hill open as soon as possible. 


Storms on the Way and an Update on Our Season

Great news! We have approval from the state to open — all we need now are cold temperatures and some cooperation from Mother Nature. Our original opening date was to be December 11, but with the lack of moisture, we are pushing that date until there is more snow on the ground. Hopefully, this week’s storm will provide much-needed snow that will allow us to open before the holidays. 

We have been busy preparing the base area to comply with New Mexico regulations regarding COVID and our resort team and volunteers have been prepping the mountain. 




The snow has blanketed northern New Mexico this week with and early fall storm, and Pajarito has enjoyed 13” of the fresh stuff. We’re always thinking about winter and this just got our stoke over the top! We can’t wait to welcome you back December 11. 

Here are a few photos to enjoy of this week’s snowstorm, courtesy of our media team contributor JoAnna O’Neill @joannacoolbeans

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