Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opened this morning for the winter season with 17 runs available for skiing. The New Mexico ski area plans to open the Mother Lift tomorrow along with an additional 8 intermediate and expert runs.
This is the best terrain Pajarito has had in years for opening day, with nearly 75% of the mountain already open! Pictures were taken from opening day showing skiers and snowboarders ready to shred on a beautiful Friday morning, with clear, sunny skies and moderate temperatures in the 30s.
Pajarito is a hidden gem existing in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico near Los Alamos, where the sun shines 300 days a year. The home mountain of professional skier and heli-ski guide Dean Cummings, Pajarito Mountain has a base elevation of 9,200 feet above sea level with a top elevation of 10,400 feet. Pajarito is only a two-hour drive from Albuquerque and 45 minutes from Santa Fe. The mountain has 40 trails, 300 skiable acres, and 1,200 feet of vertical drop. It has five chairlifts including three doubles, one triple and a quad. Pajarito’s terrain includes miles of groomed trails, moguls, and tree skiing along with its ‘Crazy Mother’ terrain park.
With its Rio Grande valley views and lack of lift lines along with fabulous weather, Pajarito may be New Mexico’s best-kept skiing secret.