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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 ...

Sipapu and Pajarito Close for the Season Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Pajarito Mountain are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 ski season effective today at the recommendation of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. 


“We are skiers at heart and today’s decision was a difficult one for all of us,” said James Coleman, a managing partner of Sipapu and Pajarito. “While many of our employees and customers wanted us to remain open, their health and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us. We’ve decided to move forward with the Governor’s recommendation to end ski operations due to larger concerns for the wellbeing of our communities and the ...

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 ...

Get Shreddy for Summer at Pajarito

Summer is two weeks away, and the volunteers at Pajarito have been hard at work clearing the mountain bike trails and getting the routes ready for your steepest bike dreams.

As of Sunday, May 19, the team has cleared:

Aspenola Dog Patch Braking Bad Downtown Aspenola Most of Mother’s Milk Battle Stations Most of Natural Selection Chupacabra Half Aspen

The roads on the east side of the mountain are cleared all the way to the top. With all of our moisture this season, some areas are still a little wet and muddy, but with the New Mexico sun, that should clear up by opening day. The lift will be running 9 ...

Spring Mountain Update

Ullr sent us a subtle reminder to buy next year’s season passes yesterday: 

April 23, 2019

Check out that snow! We’ve been busy prepping the mountain for both summer and next winter (can you believe it?). Here’s an update on what the mountain team has been doing:

Water in the Pond = Snowmaking for Next Winter! We have been pumping water to the pond around the clock since the very end of March. The system is working great and the run-off is impressive. During the warm part of the day, we can see almost 400 gallons per minute entering the collection cistern. ...

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 ...