Located on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains in north central New Mexico, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is 5 miles west of Los Alamos. Its 750 acres of land are privately owned by Los Alamos Ski Club, and were developed as a ski area in the late 1950’s. The mountain has spectacular views east over the Rio Grande Valley towards the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and west over the Valle Grande from the peak.
Pajarito Mountain boasts 300 acres of skiable terrain, not counting its reknown tree skiing, plus some of the best bump skiing in the state. It is rarely crowded, and guests seldom need wait in lift lines. It is open to the public, selling both day tickets and season passes. There is no on-mountain lodging, however hotels and other lodging options are available in nearby Los Alamos and Santa Fe.
Base elevation: 9,000 feet
Summit elevation: 10,440 feet
Skiable acres: 300
Trails: 44 (20% easy, 50% intermediate, 30% difficult)
Lifts: 5 (1 quad, 1 triple, 3 double, 1 Magic Carpet)
Terrain Parks: 2
Average winter season: mid-November to mid-March
On-mountain facilities: Rentals, Snowsports School, Retail, Pajarito Mountain Cafe
Ski Patrol: Volunteer, NSP affiliated