Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

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Outdoors, Winter Sports, Ski Area
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397 Camp May Road; P.O. Box 1436, Los Alamos, NM 87544
505 662 5725
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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area (Pajarito) is located on the north face of that peak, which is part of the Jemez Range just west of Los Alamos. It is located on 850 acres, and is owned and operated by The Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC). Pajarito Mountain first opened November 1957 with no toilets, no water, no grooming, no modern lifts, and a few short slopes.

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. There are also nice hiking horse riding opportunities. Adjacent to Pajarito is a Los Alamos County campground, Camp May, Santa Fe National Forest, and my personal favorite - Valles Caldera.

Pajarito (which means Little Bird in Spanish) is one of the toughest 1440 vertical feet that you will ever ski. It has 280 skiable acres and 40 named trails, of which 80% are Intermediate and up. There are 7 Lifts including: 1 Quad chair, 1 Triple chair, 3 Double chairs, and 2 Rope Tows. Skiing here is delivered plain and strong, and with a family friendly helping hand. When I lived in the area, Taos was harder, Red River was for Texans, and Santa Fe Ski Basin was flashier. But it was Pajarito Mountain that kept me content and close to home.

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This downhill ski area offers hiking and mountain biking trails in summer.

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