Mountain Blog

Summer Cafe Hours + NICA Event + ULLRfest

Pajarito Mountain announced this week that the Pajarito Mountain Cafe will be opening Wednesdays through Sundays until October from 11am – 2 pm. 

The casual eatery offers a variety of sandwiches, hamburgers and New Mexican fare. “We are pleased to offer expanded hours, and welcome guests to come enjoy the incredible view on our deck,” said Tom Long, General Manager of Pajarito Mountain. 

The mountain also announced that it is hosting Bikefest, the statewide National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) kickoff party this Saturday, August 20. For the safety of the NICA riders, the lift will be closed that day, but will be ...

Pajarito Mountain Road Closed

Effective Thursday, May 19, the road to Pajarito Mountain has been closed by the Santa Fe National Forest, due to Stage III Fire Restrictions and complete closure of the forests. At this time, all summer operations are on hold until further notice, including Summerfest, chairlift service, bike and hike, lift-served downhill mountain biking, hiking on the mountain, cafe operations, and retail operations. Pajarito Mountain is continuing to advocate for summer operations and will update the mountain blog, website and social media with further information as updates become available. 

The Los Alamos Reporter recently reported:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Hughes noted that Cibola ...

2022/2023 Power Pass Launches

Rise to the Mountains.

The mountains beckon us. Whether on skis, boards, bike or even on foot, when we traverse these mountains, they move us. Connecting, relaxing, learning, progressing, mastering, surrounded by these peaks – it’s all a high calling, indeed. The 2022/2023 Power Pass is our passage to Rise to the Mountains, and it’s on sale now. Here’s what’s new in this year’s lineup and the tried-and-true features that are staying the same – all passes include no price increases over last year:

What’s New

Introducing the Power Pass Core

Formerly known as the Power Pass Local, this pass carries a new name ...

Power Pass Mountain Bike Parks

Access four bike parks in the Southwest with the Mountain Bike Power Pass.

Enjoy the thrills of lift-served downhill mountain biking this summer at Pajarito and beyond with the Mountain Bike Power Pass. This pass provides unlimited summer 2022 access to Purgatory Resort, Brian Head Resort, Pajarito Mountain,  and Spider Mountain — all for just $199. 

Here’s a preview of the parks that are included on every Mountain Bike Power Pass.


Pajarito Bike Park

Tucked away on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains, Pajarito delivers a raw and throwback experience. Born over a decade ago and still maintained by the ...

2022/2023 Season Pass On Sale Soon

Are you ready to rise to the mountains?

Save the date: the 2022/2023 Power Pass goes on sale on March 22! This year’s season pass lineup will feature a couple of surprises and also the mountain access that makes the Power Pass the most powerful pass in the Southwest. Here’s just a small preview of what to expect starting March 22:

Buy now, ski now returns. For brand-new passholders, this feature is for you: this allows you to start skiing on your new pass right away. How it works is pretty simple: purchase your 2022/2023 season pass, forgo the free shipping, visit ...

Update from GM Tom Long, February 9

What an incredible weekend of skiing this past weekend. Smiling faces, sunny weather, and great snow, it was a terrific time to be at Pajarito. As we look forward to this weekend, we are planning to be open Friday-Sunday. Friday we will be running the Beginner, Magic Carpet and Aspen lifts, with Mother added for Saturday and Sunday. We are planning to groom and open more terrain, check our snow report for more details as we get closer to the weekend. 

We will have lessons available, and the cafe will be open, but we still will not have the rental shop ...

A FOOT of Powder

It’s going to be a great weekend at Pajarito, with a foot of fresh powder on the ground. Winter has FINALLY arrived. We’ll have the beginner lift, the magic carpet, Aspen and Mother open for all your powder fun. The cafe will be running, as well as the store, plus lessons. We’re working on getting rentals available soon. Come out and enjoy an amazing weekend, we can’t wait to welcome back all of our friends! 


7″ and Counting!

We are so glad to see the snow fly! We’ll be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week with the Beginner lift, Magic Carpet, and Aspen open. I’m really hoping to get Mother open for Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned to our social media for information on that. 

Here are a few details about this weekend: 

The Cafe will be serving limited food from 11a-3p

No rentals. Please visit Cottam’s in Santa Fe for rentals. 

Store is open 8:30a-3:30p

Lessons are available, reserve online at

Tickets start at $27, and are available online by clicking here

Look forward to seeing you! 

Opening Day Thoughts

Saturday’s Opening Day was a delight! While we had extremely limited terrain open, the people who came had a fantastic time, with lots of families and kids skiing, snowboarding and having a lot of fun. It was terrific to see all the smiling faces. We also enjoyed seeing our longtime pass holders out supporting us and enjoying a perfect bluebird day. It was encouraging for our staff to get back to what we are trained to do — provide the freedom to ski! We’re watching the weather and anticipating this storm system to dump so we can open more of ...

Opening Day is Here! Saturday, January 29

We finally got the snow we needed! We will be opening January 29-30 to test the waters and see if the snow will stick around to keep up open! We’re expecting a dusting tonight, and more snow, up to 7″ is in the forecast. 

We are opening the Beginner’s Lift ONLY with only the beginner runs open. A current lack of staffing and snow coverage makes opening the rest of the mountain impossible this weekend, but we are working hard to get our “on deck” staff up and ready for next weekend, when we hope to open much more terrain. 


A few ...

Update for Jan. 25

Well. The weekend was a bust. However, OpenSnow and NOAA are producing another weather disturbance this week and February is looking more promising for precipitation. It’s been a dry January across the Southwest.


Work continues on the mountain with Dog Patch cleared of trees and compactor bar work completed. Sundance has the trees removed and compactor bar work has been started.  The main bodies of the trail network still have a pretty good base with our usual troublesome areas showing the wear from sun and warm temps.  The Volunteer crew has done some more burning of fallen wood so we are ...

Ski Boot Sale


Ski Boot & Ski Bike Sale

Jan. 21 | 9a-4p Pajarito Rental Shop

We’ve got gently used ski boots and ski bikes for sale this Friday in the rental shop from 9a-4p. Starting at just $10, we have boots in many sizes available. 

We have three ski bikes for sale, $600 OBO. 

These bikers have very little wear and tear, originally priced $1400 |  $600 or best offer  

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Sledge hammer freerider 5.1


Sledge hammer freerider 5.1





Pajarito Update January 18

Photo by @kati-explores January 5, 2022

It looks like NOAA weather is showing some snow this week! Wednesday evening and Friday evening into Saturday is predicting snow showers.  I don’t know if there will be enough snow from these weather disturbances to get much snow, but at least it is a change in the pattern. It was very warm over the weekend, our bare patches have grown a bit, but the main trails seem to be holding up well – and preserving our base.  Our fingers are crossed for enough snow.  Work on the mountain continues!  Come on SNOW — ...

January 11 Update from Tom Long, General Manager

Photo Courtesy of Brian Foley

We are working hard over here! From the volunteers to the mountain ops team, we are humming.   The mountain, despite warmer temps, has been holding up pretty well. The forecast is constantly changing on upcoming snow, so we’re not counting on that. We are still experiencing staffing issues and are getting together a plan to help us get open. I’m not ready to announce an opening day yet, but hopefully soon! If we can get a little more snow….   The team has been working hard on the slopes with a compacter and doing some grooming, with ...

Pajarito Opening Day Update From General Manager Tom Long 1/6/22

Dear Pajarito Family: 

As you witnessed the New Year’s storm at Pajarito, no doubt many of you are scratching your heads asking “why isn’t Pajarito open?” While it looks snowy and beautiful up here, we are encountering several challenges to opening. We love winter and know you do, too, and no doubt you’re as eager as we are to hit our slopes. 

First, we are experiencing some staffing issues. Omicron has hit Pajarito. Most of our employees have been sick or in quarantine due to COVID. In addition, we are finding it extremely difficult to find employees to work. From our cafe ...