Free Firewood for Ski Club Members
Tree Clearing Update
I wanted to say a special thank you to the volunteer chainsaw crew. Once the lifts closed, these guys were ready to get to work, and they’ve already made a difference in this early season. Know that we are strategic in how we clear trees:
- We’re extremely selective when it comes to taking down hazardous trees in new growth areas and Aspen stands.
- We are targeting trees that are dead or potentially hazardous
- We are leaving the wind breaks and fencing
I’m also pleased to report that we will have access to a new track steer and mower, which will allow us to mow even bigger swaths of our trails in less time!
We’ve received questions about the clear cutting we’re doing on the West Side and, in particular, how it’s effecting erosion. In the past, most of the lumber companies we contacted would not take their equipment on our hill, which is how we started skidding the trees with our dozer – and we’re still doing this today. The site we are clearing has no detectable erosion issues, and we are skirting new growth areas. Know that I will take any necessary steps to curb any erosion issues, should they arise. To date, we have seen minimal erosion.
If you’ve been on the mountain lately, you may have noticed some water bars that have been built, thanks to the significant rain we’ve seen over the last several weeks. (Water bars are used on trails to direct water away from roads and toward vegetation.) Water bars are a normal part of ski trail construction until grass takes root and becomes established; they also aid when it comes to preventing erosion. We will seed the areas when we are done with the dozer work as needed.
Our volunteers are tasked with helping us mitigate the 300 acres that were burned. This is a massive undertaking, and we are incredibly grateful for their support.
Free Firewood for Los Alamos Ski Club Members
With all of the scheduled tree clearing that’s going on, we have a significant amount of downed trees that are perfect for firewood. Los Alamos Ski Club members are invited to come and collect this firewood at no charge. To collect the free firewood, please do the following:
* Please call us in advance to make arrangements at 505-662-5725.
* To access the firewood, bring a 4X4 vehicle.
* Please start at the gate near the shop area. From there, you’ll traverse up the mountain on Zero Road West until you come to the area with the downed timber. The available firewood is located between ski trail I Don’t Care on Zero Road West as it loops from I Don’t Care around by Ma Bell and Gene’s Choice.
* There, you will see piles skidded and the firewood is very accessible from the Zero Road West area. Feel free to take as much firewood as you need!
How You Can Help
We continue to be actively involved with the Ski Club on numerous efforts, including the Adopt-A-Slope program. This initiative allows individuals, families, groups or companies to adopt one of our slopes to lop small trees and hearty weeds to keep our trails in the best shape possible for the ski season. Many of you have already adopted slopes but some are still available. Please contact Susan Brockway at [email protected] if you are interested in adopting a slope this year.
Let me take this opportunity to remind you that your contribution and support mean a great deal to all of us: our community’s involvement is just one of the many aspects that make Pajarito a special place. As always, thank you for being a vital part of our mountain.
Summer is Going On Now at Pajarito!
Don’t miss this Friday’s Gordons’ Concert, featuring Dan Bern! The concert begins at 7 p.m. on our patio, and the weather is looking fantastic for this mountain event.
The Café is now open for lunch (11am – 2pm) every Wednesday through Friday and on select Saturdays and Sundays, too, for special events, including this weekend’s archery shoot, and our next Bike and Hike, happening Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. For our cafe hours, a list of all of our Bike and Hikes and a current schedule of events, please click here.