Skiesta 2017

For all the details on spring’s most-anticipated (and FREE!) event, I’m turning this blog over to Susan Brockway, President of the Los Alamos Ski Club!

Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch. Since it’s very humble beginnings, Skiesta has been a wacky spring event that celebrates the unique mountain culture of Los Alamos and the wonderful sport of skiing (all types—snowboarding included!). To this day, it is our mission to maintain the original spirit of Skiesta.

Now let’s get into the details of this year’s event!


There’s usually plenty of New Mexico sunshine to soak up! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

*FREE Transportation to Pajarito Mountain from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos will be provided by Atomic Transit. Shuttle will run every 30 minutes from 11am-6pm.

8:00am. Registration for all events and contests on the Lodge deck. Registration is FREE!

8:30am. Let the festivities begin! We’ll kick off Skiesta with the Pinhead Challenge. Contestants race up the mountain by skinning or skating. Once they reach the summit, contestants will ski down to the summit. First one to the bottom wins!

10am. The Giant Slalom on Aspen. Competitors each take two runs down the course. The best time from the two runs determines the victor.

11am. The Sloppy Slalom on West Beginner. This is one of the wackiest events! Contestants navigate a crazy obstacle course, which is set up differently each year. Contestants can usually expect hay bales, a maze, a teeter-totter and poles.

12pm. Rail Jam on West Beginner. There will be both ski and snowboard categories.

Local craft beer in our beer garden pours until 5:00pm. We are proud to host Santa Fe Brewing, Bathtub Row Brewing, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Second Street Brewery, Taos Mesa Brewing and Chili Line Brewing! $10 gets you a Skiesta logo pint, sampling and one pour.

Enjoy good friends and good beer! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

Enjoy good friends and good beer! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

1pm. Moguls Mash on Aspen. The goal here is for contestants to impress the judges with their mogul skiing techniques! Competitors each take two runs down the mountain. The competitor with the best overall score wins!

Grateful Dead tribute band Let it Grow will be jammin’ until 5:00pm.

2:30pm. Big Air Jump Contest in front of the Lodge. The skier to land the biggest air with the best style wins!

Points go to air and style! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

Points go to air and style! Photo: Leslie Bucklin.

3:30pm. Costume Contest and Parade in front of the Lodge.


Skiesta circa 1970!

Skiesta circa 1970!

4pm. Awards Ceremony. Each age group (kids, teens, adults, and masters) will have medals awarded for gold and silver finalists.

*As a reminder, there is no ATM located on Pajarito Mountain. Please bring cash to purchase food and beverages.

Happy Skiesta!