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Pajarito Ski Mountain, Los Alamos

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area 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 850acre of privately owned land. The Los Alamos Ski Club, a non-profit organization, owns and operates Pajarito. 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.Origin of the namePajarito means "little bird" in Spanish and was first associated with the area by the archeologist Edgar Lee Hewett who was in turn inspired by Tsirege, which means "bird place" in the Tewa language. Tsirege is a prominent archaeological site located on property owned by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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  • want a mountain practically to yourself? drive past Santa Fe a few more minutes up the road to Pajarito Ski Mountain! most people drive to Santa Fe ski area which seems to be the "hub" of all ski reso...  read more »
  • When Pajarito has good snow, it's second only to Taos in NM for reasonably good skiers. Loved by advanced skiers. But if you do want to come, please check the snow conditions first. Lift tickets prett...  read more »
  • Decent food, long lines for lunch when the hill is busy. Open certain days during the summer as well. 
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