The rain keeps coming!

The rain keeps coming!

I’m pleased to report that Pajarito has benefited from this extra moisture. Our water collection system has been working on overdrive since we closed in March. We have harvested much more water than we did last year: as of today, we’re storing around 2 million gallons in our holding pond (last fall, at the beginning of snowmaking season, we had around 500,000 gallons). Having four times the amount of water is certainly cause for celebration, although we’re still working hard to capture even more: as a matter of fact, we recently purchased a new pump that will allow us to transport this water much more efficiently.

This photograph was snapped on May 21 after five consecutive weeks of snow. Photo courtesy of Jason Halladay.

This photograph was snapped on May 21 after five consecutive weeks of snow. Photo courtesy of Jason Halladay.

To put the 2,000,000 gallons of water into perspective, we estimate we could cover all of Beginners West and the Mitey Mite area (about 7 acres) OR Lone Spruce (about 11 acres) OR all of Lumber Yard (about 11 acres).  In short 2,000,000 gallons is a really good start to our snowmaking water – and virtually the most this pond has seen since we installed it.

Pajarito's holding pond as of May 21, 2015.

Pajarito’s holding pond as of May 21, 2015.

Progress: here is what the holding pond looked like as of June 11, 2015.

Progress: here is what the holding pond looked like as of June 11, 2015.

And while we are extremely encouraged by this, we continue to look at a permanent water solution – both for fire mitigation and for our snowmaking efforts. Know that we are very actively working on water solutions. As we have maintained all along, securing the future of skiing and snowboarding at Pajarito is our top priority – which makes securing a water source our first priority.