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Ski Experience - Pajarito Mountain

Pajarito offers some of the cheapest and most varied skiing, and is well worth the drive from Santa Fe or Albuquerque to avoid crowds. There are a ton of runs of varying ability levels, and it is said that you can ski right onto the lift with little to no wait time. 
With a peak elevation of nearly 10,440 feet, Pajarito’s nickname of “ski hill” is anything but that. More than 40 named trails served by a half-dozen lifts are spread among ability levels: 20% easy, 50% intermediate and 30% advanced. The base sits at 9,000 feet, and most of the slopes face north so snow conditions are good with ample snowfall. 
Ski Levels
The intermediate skier will enjoy the fast groomers, great bumps, and there's variation and progression in the difficulty of the runs. The west side presents loads of steeps, with the biggest incline at a 37-degree pitch - an excellent option for advanced to experts. Although skiers will find plenty of variety in the runs, they can also cruise to the terrain park off of Easy Mother to try some features.  
Après Ski
The Saturday beer and band series is a popular draw, featuring some of the area’s great local breweries. More nightlife can be found at the casinos in Sante Fe, a short and easy 20-mile drive.  For a more laid-back après, drive 5 minutes to the smaller city of Los Alamos with friendly locals and a selection of restaurants and bars.