Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
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With more than 280 acres of ski-able acreage and 37 named trails of varying skill levels, this ski area is ideal whether you're a beginner or expert on the slopes.
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Sarah Z
Austin, TX26 contributions
Mar 2020
Can be slow to get rentals and tickets since not many people work there. Our first instructor was pretty bad but second one was great. Slopes are challenging for us beginners. I have met people that came after skied in Santa Fe for more challenging slops.

Price can't be beat. I saved so much $$$ on lessons, rentals and lift tickets. Always check online to see if they have any special rates. We will be back for more next season!
Written March 13, 2020
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Rodolfo M
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Family
Great family friendly ski resort and incredibly priced well. This is an excellent place for first timers with great instructors that were extremely patient with my kids and all three kids were first timers in the morning and running greens at the end of the day. The facility shows its wear and tear but I’ll trade that for no wait lines and half the cost to other resorts.
Written March 9, 2020
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ih1958
amarillo107 contributions
Feb 2020
Really enjoy this ski area, and good value. Lots of blue and green cruisers and some fairly advanced mogul runs. Parking is convenient and it is only 20min or so from Los Alamos.
Written February 15, 2020
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Brad K
Tempe, AZ35 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Went skiing with a kindergartner yesterday. It is a very nice local slope. The beginner hills were well layed out. After the little one was done we went up for a few runs. The snow was great but being the 1st day the moguls weren't there yet. We managed to find some nice powder. Pajarito is a small friendly mountain for some comfy relaxing skiing.

Written December 14, 2019
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EAR999
Los Alamos, NM30 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
The record levels of snow have covered over some of Pajarito's difficulties this year. The Townsight lift is closed. The Spruce lift has also had its issues in 2018-2019. There have been many problems since the area fires of 2000 and 2011 and the transfer of operations from the ski club to private ownership. The area is mostly closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I've had problems with the lifties helping me board the old two-man, center-pole, single speed Mother lift.
That said, this is a convenient, old-school ski area with some interesting runs, especially if you ski the challenging black diamond runs. It is also priced accordingly.
Written March 24, 2019
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One_with_the_Road
Nashville, TN43 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Pajarito is a good ski area where you will have a great time if you are not concerned by well-worn facilities and equipment. Since that doesn't particularly bother me, I had a great time.

If you're more into saving money, this is well worth the low price of admission.
Written February 9, 2019
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Linda N M
Los Alamos, NM72 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
There are two loop trails adjacent to the ski basin [Aspeñola and Cañada Bonita], Both are about 3 miles in length. The Cañada Bonita trail is longer, but you can stop at the first huge meadow. The Aspeñola Trail is actually a mountain bike run, but it is great for hiking as well. If you can hike these trails in the autumn, they are particularly beautiful: quaking, golden aspens, purple asters, scarlet Virginia Creeper, and all set against the incomparable deep blue NM sky. Neither trail is technically difficult, but there is a fair amount of uphill going so if you are not accustomed to the altitude (approx 9K') then you might need to stop along the way to take brief breaks. Regardless of which season you
choose, take sun protection and water. Dress in layers because you can start out chilly and then be roasting an hour later.
Written October 5, 2018
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Mary Russell
Los Alamos, New Mexico21 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
The ski hill can be used for all sorts of outdoor recreational activities. In the summer, I climb up the slopes to get in shape for hiking up Colorado's 14ers. In the winter, after the skiers are done, I snow show up the slopes. I hear the mountain biking is great. In the summer, there are beautiful picnic areas.
Written May 28, 2018
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linacwiz
New Mexico39 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
If you are a skier this is where you eat. We like to drive up to the ski area and watch. Sometimes our daughters and their families are here. There burgers are good but my favorite is their Frito Pie, a genuine New Mexico meal. Don't order it if you can't handle medium spicy New Mexico red chile.
Written March 3, 2018
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Luiz S
Katy, TX51 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
I have come to Pajarito from Santa Fe after some on-line research with wife and 3yrs old son for a 1st time Family Ski experience and we all loved it!
Over the phone with Marcy all info was provided and she was amazing. Follow-up calls with instructors (as my son would take private lessons) were also timely, respectful and very informative.
We scheduled a 2hr "never ever" class at 10am and arrived around 9am following instructions provided over the phone. It was perfect, due to the paper work required plus all the equipment required (ski boots are not as easy to put on as they look :) ) required.
Beth and Ben were our instructors and they were AMAZING. Patient, careful, after a little over 1 hr we headed to the "magic carpet" and felt very happy about our progress from "zero" to gliding down a short hill!
My son also loved his private class but after 1hr he was too tired and decided to accept the offer of a hot chocolate from the staff member.
Being 1st timers we loved every single moment spent at Pajarito and will definetely hit back in the future.
Written January 4, 2018
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