Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Los Alamos, NM

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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. The ski area is located west of Los Alamos in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. The township of Los Alamos is located on a plateau, some 7320ft/2232m above sea level and […]

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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. The ski area is located west of Los Alamos in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. The township of Los Alamos is located on a plateau, some 7320ft/2232m above sea level and is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Founded in 1943, the labratory is considered one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is the only ski and snowboard area in the Jemez Mountains a group of volcanic group of mountains found in New Mexico. The ski area opened on November 23, 1957 with little or no amenities and a few short runs. Development at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area did not begin until the 1962-63 season when a T-Bar was installed on the Aspen Run. It was almost a decade later, in 1969-70 before the first chairlift was installed on Spruce Run. Since then, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has evolved in local ski area with over 40 named runs, uncrowded slopes and some of the best bump skiing in the state. An interesting fact about Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is that you need to stop and speak to the guard at the National Laboratory gates before continuing on to the ski area.

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On the Slopes

  • Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has a nice mix of terrain ranging from beginner runs to the trails that will challenge the advanced/expert skier or snowboarder. The Spruce Lift and Townsight Lift are located on the eastside of the mountain and on a clear day they have magnificent views of the whole surrounding landscape. Make sure to bring your camera.
  • The entire mountain is a fall line skier or snowboarder’s paradise. If you are chasing vertical this is the place to put up some impressive numbers. The other great feature about the terrain is that the beginner and intermediate terrain are located on the east and far west trails of the mountain; the further west you head you’ll find the advanced and expert terrain.
  • Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is home to the Crazy Mother Terrain Park. The park definitely lives up to its name with a great selection of rails, boxes and other features to challenge your skills. Remember it’s important to know your level of ability before entering the terrain park.
  • The Snow Sports School is ready with qualified instructors to teach skiing, snowboarding and telemarking. Lessons are offered for children and adults, whether you prefer group or private instruction. You’ll also find a great selection of programs for the first-timer heading to the slopes, all the way the seasoned skier, snowboarder or telemarker looking to improve their skill level.

Off the Slopes

  • In need of a break, then visit the Pajarito Mountain Café located in the Main Lodge, which has a full menu of items to get you back on the slopes full of energy. And if you are looking for a few gifts to commemorate your visit to Pajarito Mountain or in need of logo wear, goggles or other essentials, visit the retail shop located in the Old Lodge.
  • There are no mountain-side accommodations at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, however, Los Alamos, which is situated only a short distance away, is filled with a great selection of lodging, restaurants, bars, shopping, nightlife and many other activities including a night at the movies.
  • Atomic City Transit is an excellent choice to get you to and from the mountain with service every 30 minutes from various downtown pick-up locations. The service is “free of charge” so you can sit back, enjoy the beautiful scenery and focus on your day on the slopes.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1440 ft / 439 m

Base Elevation:
9000 ft / 2743 m

Summit Elevation:
10440 ft / 3182 m

Skiable Area:
300 acres

Average Snowfall:
150 in / 381 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 40

Beginner: 8 (20%)

Intermediate: 20 (50%)

Advanced: 7 (18%)

Expert: 5 (12%)

Terrain Parks: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Albuquerque NM , 101mi / 163km

Nearest Major City:
Santa Fe NM, 54mi / 87km

Nearest Town/City:
Los Alamos NM, 8mi / 13km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: N/A

Direct Phone: 505-662-5725

Snow Phone: 505-662-5725

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 15 to Apr 1

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: W, Th, F, Sa, Su

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Closed Christmas Day : See website for any updates.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Webcams

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 6

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0

=Chairlifts=

Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 0

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 1

Triples: 1

Doubles: 3

Surface Lifts: 1

Lodging

Mountainside: No

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Albuquerque Intl Sunport  (ABQ)
Distance: 101 mi / 163 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Santa Fe Municipal Airport  (SAF)
Distance: 51 mi / 83 km
Ranking: Limited Flights per Day

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map