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Pajarito Mountain

Pajarito Mountain Resort provides a crowd-free, laid-back ski experience with gorgeous views of Los Alamos, the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains, and also the Valles Caldera. The super-friendly staff and non-existent lift lines elevates family fun, and skiers will enjoy the challenge of tackling steeps and bumps with beautiful views.   

“The Secret City”

A few miles from Los Alamos on the eastern slope of New Mexico’s Jemez Mountain Range, you'll find Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and its interesting backstory. Historically known as “the secret city”, the community there was originally formed by a group of scientists and their families who were accredited for the development of the atomic bomb used in World War II. Now operated by the non-profit group the Los Alamos Ski Club, the ski area contains approximately 750 acres of land that includes 300 of skiable terrain. It also offers some of the best bump skiing in the state, and is a favored destination for excellent tree skiing.

Although privately owned and managed, Pajarito is open to the public on weekends, as well as on federal holidays and Christmas/New Year vacation period (closed on Christmas Day). The mountain is rarely crowded, and is praised for its lack of lift lines, which makes it a good choice for beginners, families and groups. An excellent proving ground for advanced skiers, Parajito presents the unique opportunity for riders to carve first tracks and put in lots of laps.

There's an immense amount of powder served up at Pajarito during a typical season that may run from Christmas to April. The mountain’s 10,440 foot summit elevation contains an impressive 1,440 vertical drop accessible from half a dozen lifts.   The resort area offers rental services, retail stores, dining options, and a renowned snow sports school.

Off the Slopes

Pajarito is affordable, and this unpretentious ski area has everything needed to complete a ski day – good food, great views, and amazing runs. The locals take great pride in their mountain, and happily welcome out of town skiers and riders.The mountain close to Los Alamos, and Santa Fe, where dining, lodging and activities abound.

Pajarito often hosts various local bands and breweries, and festive days like Skiesta, whether during or after skiing. On-mountain dining includes exceptional food in the cafeteria that is reasonably priced, along with a bar, and a brown bag area in the base lodge. There is no lodging at the mountain, but there are plenty of choices within a 5 to 10 minute drive in Los Alamos and Sante Fe.

Getting Here

Driving in is the best option, since it is only five miles west of Los Alamos, and a 10-minute drive from Sante Fe. 

From Sante Fe, Take NM 502 through Los Alamos. You can either continue to the south end of the Omega Bridge and stop at the LANL security checkpoint, which requires a picture ID, or you can avoid the checkpoint by taking the West Road at the traffic light just north of Omega Bridge.

From Jemez State Road 4, turn left onto NM 501 and then left again onto West Road just before the west checkpoint. Take West Road and  to turn west onto Camp May Road, follow the signs three miles to the ski area.

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Before you head to this secret gem of a ski area, browse this site to find online deals and discounts for lift tickets, lodging, equipment rentals, dining, activities and much much more for your Pajarito ski vacation.

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