Day 1: Progress

First and foremost, allow me to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your approval during last night’s vote. Throughout every step of this process, and last night especially, we have been impressed by the Los Alamos Ski Club’s passion for Pajarito, the Board’s dedication to see it succeed and the community’s unwavering support. We are thankful for your confidence and proud to take the first steps with you today.

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 2.10.04 PMDuring last night’s meeting, I presented this slide and outlined exactly how we would begin our work, starting Day One. Here is what we initiated today:

We engaged the hydrologist that conducted the original evaluation of Pajarito’s weir system, and we discussed not only the work he performed four years ago but also how he could expand that research to develop three ponds for an additional 30 million gallons of water and additional water collection points. We are pleased to work with an expert who is so familiar with the ski area and its needs.

Today we also engaged the engineer who designed Pajarito’s 10 million-gallon holding pond and discussed how we could build additional ponds across the property. We will meet with her to do a site visit later this month.

We found the right person at Los Alamos County to help us with the permitting process as we prepare to drill the test well. We also began identifying potential contractors for this job, and we will evaluate and select a team to get this critical task done.

As part of our plan to install additional snowmaking, we met with Tom Long to discuss our best options for bringing water to the base terminal of the Mother Chair as well as snowmaking pipeline along the Townsight Lift.

I am happy to report that Los Alamos County connected with Santa Fe National Forest to discuss installing temporary pipeline to Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir. Likewise, the County has also started talking with the New Mexico Department of Energy to secure permits for these lines, which will provide access to a potable water source.

Above all else today, I was reminded of the fantastic team of people who are dedicated to this project. Tom Long and his staff are eager and ready to work hard, and the County proves over and over again what we already knew: they are an invaluable resource of expertise, connections and community knowledge. Every contributor – be it at Pajarito, Los Alamos County or the Ski Club – brings unique skills that compliment each other and truly strengthen our partnership. I’m excited this group can work together for the benefit of the ski area, Los Alamos and our state.

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress here, and please feel free to use this forum to post your comments and ask us questions. We welcome your feedback as we work together to secure skiing and snowboarding at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area!