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Terrain Update for Saturday Opening 2023

Terrain Update

The trail report is updated with what we expect to open Saturday, and check it Sunday, we expect to open more. 

Go Time! Opening this Weekend.


We will be opening this Saturday!!!

We will be open Saturday-Sunday 👊🍾📣

☃️Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, January 20. All tickets need to be purchased online at as we will not have ticket cashiers available onsite

⛷Lifts will run 9 am – 4 pm. See the snow report for trails and lift openings

❄ No rentals or lessons available on Saturday. Limited rentals and lessons will be available for Sunday, with full capacity beginning next week

🏂 The Cafe will be open from 8:30 am – 2 pm all weekend with a limited menu

⛄ The conveyor, beginners’ lift and Aspen ...

We Need Staff!

We’ve finally got the snow — now we need staff! 

Wow! It’s snowing in Jemez. Mother Nature gifted us with a foot of snow this past weekend, with Open Snow calling for another 9” this week. We’re ready to start spinning the lifts, the only thing holding us up is staffing. 

We urgently need:

-lift operators (18+)

-ticket scanners

-boot fitters

-rentals techs (18+)

-restaurant workers

We’ll be hiring on the spot throughout this week from 9a-3p. Job seekers should visit the retail store to fill out an application and interview. We’ll also be hosting a job fair for all of our positions at the lodge from 10a-2p ...

Introducing Valle Nevado

Say Hello to Our New International Resort

On January 12, 2023, Mountain Capital Partners announced it would become the majority owner of Valle Nevado, the largest ski area in the Americas. Valle Nevado, a year-round mountain resort located just 37 miles from Santiago offers incredible skiing on 2,224 inbound skiable acres, an average of 276 inches of snowfall per year, 17 lifts, and onsite heli-skiing.

View Press Release


An Update on 2022-2023 Season from Tom Long



As you’ve seen the snowfall on the mountain, no doubt many of you are asking the question, “When will Pajarito open?”

The answer is just as soon as we can. Pajarito relies almost completely on natural snowfall. We need about 16-18” of snow to get many of our runs open.

What is the mountain doing to prepare for when the snow comes?

 Our staff is currently working with the minimal amount of snow that we have received. Our mountain operations team is working on trails that have some coverage with compactor bars behind the snowcats compacting the snow. 

Why doesn’t Pajarito have reliable snowmaking?

Pajarito’s ...

Small Business Saturday


Willamette Pass Joins the Power Pass!

Introducing our newest Power Pass mountain, Willamette Pass Resort! Located in the Cascade Mountains of central Oregon and 66 miles southeast of Eugene, Willamette Pass is the Power Pass’ first Pacific Northwest (PNW) resort!


What We Love About Willamette Pass:


The steeps are legendary. Its marquee trail, “RTS” clocks in at over 52 degrees and is one of the steepest runs in Oregon!  The Eagle Peak Accelerator is bad to the bone. The high-speed, six-passenger detachable chairlift is the biggest and fastest chairlift in the state.  The snow. It averages 430” annually!  The vibe. There’s an authentic ...

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!