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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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An Update on Winter 2020/2021


An Update on Winter 2020/2021

Dear Pajarito Family, 

The unique challenges over the last five months have tested our resiliency, but they haven’t dampened our spirits. Never has our mission to give people the freedom to ski felt more important than right now. 

The scheduled opening day for Pajarito Mountain is December 11. Our crews are busy preparing the slopes, lifts, and all other services in anticipation of snow! We can’t wait to welcome our guests back to enjoy skiing and riding

Skiing and snowboarding are inherently low COVID risk activities, it’s the ancillary services that require more thought and planning. We ...

Pajarito Supports Local Restaurants with Grant

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Announces Local Restaurant Grant Winners

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, along with Mountain Capital Partners and the Coleman Charitable Foundation are delighted to announce the local restaurants that were selected to receive their grant funding. 

The local restaurants that received the grant funding are Viola’s, Rose Chocolatier and Fleur de Lys.

“With 16 local restaurants applying, it was a difficult decision,” said Tom Long, General Manager at Pajarito Mountain. “But we are honored to be able to make an impact for these three great, local restaurants.”

The grant, which the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce helped coordinate and promote in coordination ...

Behind the Scenes at Pajarito

Getting the Mountain Ready for a Terrific Season

Autumn is looking fantastic on Pajarito this week. Warm days and cool nights have made for some great days for our volunteer chainsaw crew to geton the mountain. They’ve been busy clearing the Fab Four and are heading east to Boomer, clearing dead wood and sprigs to create a smooth surface for this winter. We appreciate them so much! Those piles you see on your hikes up the mountain? Those are our many burn piles. We can’t burn them until after a snow, but as soon as the flakes fall, we’ll start the ...

Congrats to Natalie Aulwes

The Girl Scouts of America has awarded our hometown ski patroller Natalie Aulwes with its highest honor – the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout.

She designed and built a ski patrol helipad at Pajarito at the top of the Townsight lift that runs on solar power. In an interview with KRQE, Aulwes said: 

“I wanted to do something to give back to Ski Patrol and everything they’ve done for me, one of the problems we were having was getting our patients efficiently to our old helicopter pad.”

Aulwes said part of the problem was transferring the patients from the sled to the ...

Supporting Los Alamos

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, along with Mountain Capital Partners and the Coleman Charitable Foundation are pleased to be funding a grant to support local restaurants in Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet will assist with the application process and distribution of funds.

The grant is aimed at helping local restaurants withstand the difficulties caused by public health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any restaurant located in Los Alamos County is eligible and encouraged to apply.

“Our local restaurants have struggled to remain open. In the uncertain economic environment that we are all living through, resources like this ...

A Message from Tom Long on Summer Operations

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Pajarito Mountain will not be opening for summer operations. With all the COVID restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place, we can’t make it happen. It’s simply not sustainable for us to be open at a reduced capacity. We are saddened to miss out on Summerfest, but at this time we just can’t find a way to host those big events in a safer way. 

But remember, the mountain itself welcomes you. While our facilities may be closed, the mountain is still here for your enjoyment. We invite you to take ...

Raising Power Kids Who Love Winter Sports

Families are important to our community here at Pajarito. We love to see generations on the slopes, learning to ski our storied hill. That’s why we offer a FREE season pass for children ages 10 and under, so that it’s more affordable and accessible for them to get on the slopes. We also make it a priority to have a lot of options for parents when it comes to season passes, to make it affordable and accessible for you, too. We have options starting at just $249 for our adult Value pass, it makes nearly unlimited skiing at Pajarito a ...

Meet the Power Pass Resorts

You know Pajarito, but do you know the other resorts in the collective? Most are within one days’ driving distance, and all offer something unique for your skiing and mountain biking adventures.


Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is located in Vadito, New Mexico. The full-service resort offers a variety of rustic lodging options slopeside, as well as a full service restaurant and bar. In the summer, Sipapu has a hilly disc golf course and fishing on the Rio Pueblo. 


A small ski hill near Durango, Colorado, Hesperus has a great night skiing scene and a really fun tubing hill! 


Purgatory, also near Durango, ...

Which Pass is Right for Me?

Explore your season pass options

Pajarito Mountain is excited to offer multiple season pass options for the 2020/2021 season. From the classic Power Pass that offers unrestricted access at all collective resorts to the NEW Power Pass Select, you have a wide range of season pass options to choose from. While each pass is unique, it can be challenging making the right choice. We’ve included this fun infographic to help make your decision easier. Answer each question, and read more about our season pass options below. 


Power Pass

Storm the slopes with the most powerful pass in the Southwest. The Power Pass offers unrestricted access ...

Introducing the Power Pass Select

We Believe in Adventure! Enjoy Pajarito while exploring the rest of the Southwest


Meet the Power Pass Select


The Power Pass Select is the newest addition to the Power Pass lineup for the 2020/2021 season. Offering unlimited skiing and snowboarding at six different locations, this pass is your ticket to exploring other resorts in the Power Pass collective while still enjoying your home mountain of Pajarito. From exciting benefits to new experiences, here is what makes the Power Pass Select perfect for your next ski season.

Same Great Benefits

The Power Pass Select offers unlimited access to Pajarito, plus Sipapu, Hesperus, Brian Head, Nordic ...

A Big Thank You for Your Support from Our GM

Dear Pajarito Passholders: 

What a strange time we find ourselves in. As I reflect on the past winter, I can’t help but think about how grateful I am to you for supporting Pajarito, both in good times and with the abrupt closure of the mountain due to COVID-19. As the pandemic continues to affect all of us, our thoughts and prayers are especially with those who are hurting or grieving, with our essential workers and healthcare workers who are out on the front lines of this thing, and the first responders who are helping us stay safe. 

Throughout slim snow seasons and ...

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 ...