Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Los Alamos

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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area (Pajarito) is located on the north face of Pajarito Mountain, one of the Jemez Mountains in north central New Mexico, west of Los Alamos. It is located on 850 acres (3.4 km2) of privately owned land. Pajarito Mountain is owned and operated by volunteers and Mountain Capital Partners. A typical season runs from Christmas to early April, but an outstanding season may run from Thanksgiving to late April. Pajarito now has a snowmaking system and it is producing snow. Season passes are available with discounts available for early season purchase.

In summer, Pajarito hosts numerous special events, many involving mountain biking. An extensive network of single and double track mountain bike trails criss-cross the mountain, including a new singletrack trail going to the summit. Pajarito hosts lift access downhill and freeride mountain biking off the Spruce chair, and has continued to do so after the Las Conchas Fire in 2011. There also are hiking trails, and horse riding is permitted everywhere except on the mountain bike trails. Adjacent to Pajarito is a Los Alamos County campground, Camp May; Santa Fe National Forest; and Valles Caldera National Preserve.

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  • Can be slow to get rentals and tickets since not many people work there. Our first instructor was pretty bad but second one was great. Slopes are challenging for us beginners. I have met people that.....  more
    Can be slow to get rentals and tickets since not many people work there. Our first instructor was pretty bad but second one was great. Slopes are challenging for us beginners. I have met people that.....  more »
  • Great family friendly ski resort and incredibly priced well. This is an excellent place for first timers with great instructors that were extremely patient with my kids and all three kids were first.....  more
    Great family friendly ski resort and incredibly priced well. This is an excellent place for first timers with great instructors that were extremely patient with my kids and all three kids were first.....  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place to visit. Make the drive up in the winter or summer to get some marvelous fresh air. The restaurant is pretty solid in the summer for some simple eats at a decent price ($8-15). The views are nice and it is a good shake up of city restaurants.
  • Great hiking. Very pretty drive on the way up. Lots of parking/hiking trails. The Aspens we're stunning! Some good jeep trails on the way up as well. The view from the top was also pretty. If traveling during the spring or fall months, bring a sweater as it can get chilly on the way up!

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