Skiesta 2018

Saturday, March 17 marks the 70th Skiesta Festival at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, and we hope to see you on the mountain for the all day celebration. 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.

This year there will be beer from 6 New Mexico Craft Breweries, a costume contest, themed skiing events, and music from the band Escape on a Horse! See below for more details.

Skis and Snowboards on snow

There’s usually plenty of New Mexico sunshine to soak up! Photo: Los Alamos County Image.

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

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 Blue Corn Brewery! $10 gets you a Skiesta logo pint, sampling, and one pour.

People in costumes on snow

Enjoy good friends and good beer! Photo: Los Alamos County Image.

Escape On a Horse will be jammin’ from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Escape on a Horse is a blend of Alt-country mixed with a smattering of soul and rock that’s not without their own brand of wry humor.

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe will be open all day with an authentic on-mountain dining experience.

There will be a costume contest and themed skiing events in the beginner area in front of the main lodge.

Old photo of skiest costumes

Skiesta circa 1970!

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

Happy Skiesta!