Pajarito Mountain

Pajarito Mountain

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Why should you visit the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

Pajarito Mountain, a snowy gem on the eastern edge of New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains, stretching across 300 acres of skiable terrain.

Pajarito Mountain, a snowy gem on the eastern edge of New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains, stretching across 300 acres of skiable terrain. With a 1,440-foot vertical drop and a 10,440-foot-high summit overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, it’s easy to see why Pajarito Mountain is the go-to destination for locals.

Pajarito Mountain is especially popular with families. When planning a trip, make sure to look on the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area website for free season passes for ages 10 and younger. Pajarito Mountain also offers free season passes for children in fifth grade. Pajarito Mountain holds a ski and snowboard program, Camp Bluebird, which provides progressive skill development lessons for ages 5-12.

In addition to skiing, look out for other activities on the mountain, like Ski & Yoga and Sunday S’mores.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area typically opens the mountain up for the season in December. The resort hosts a number of special events throughout the winter, with holiday events drawing larger turnouts, so you’ll want to plan ahead. The first week of April is usually the last chance to hit the powder.

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Ski Resort Details
397 Camp May Rd PO Box 1436
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Ski Resort Details
397 Camp May Rd PO Box 1436
Los Alamos, NM 87544
  • Summit Elevation10,440 ft
  • Base Elevation9,000 ft
  • Vertical Drop1,440 ft
  • Skiable Area750 ac
  • Average Snowfall125 in
Trail Information
  • Number of trails44
  • Easy20%
  • Intermediate50%
  • Expert30%
  • Longest Run0.6 miles
  • Snowmaking5 %
Lift Details
  • Number of Lifts5
  • Fixed Grip Quads1
  • Doubles3
  • Surface Lifts/other1

Where to stay

Ski-in/ski-out lodging is not available at Pajarito Mountain, but Los Alamos, located only 15 minutes from the ski area, is home to a variety of budget-friendly hotels and inns. With free breakfast, a fitness center, and in close proximity to Los Alamos’s historic district, the Comfort Inn & Suites Los Alamos is a convenient place to hang your hat. For a more boutique experience, the Pueblo Canyon Inn is a cozy, family-owned B&B that offers custom-designed lodging and complimentary breakfast. If you have a trailer there is an RV park, Los Alamos Main Gate Park , located just 20 minutes from Pajarito Mountain at the NM 502 East entrance to Los Alamos.

Where to eat

Pajarito Mountain Cafe is the main dining spot on the mountain, serving breakfast and lunch. Here you can enjoy hearty breakfast burritos and loaded burgers. If you are looking for more of a culinary selection, head to Los Alamos for buzz-worthy restaurants. With upscale American cuisine at Blue Window Bistro to fresh sushi at Cafe Sushi, Los Alamos has something for everyone.

How to get there

There are three airports that are in close range to Pajarito Mountain: Los Alamos County Airport, Santa Fe Regional Airport, and Albuquerque International Sunport. Los Alamos County Airport is about six minutes from the main district of Los Alamos and then 20 minutes from the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, while Santa Fe Regional Airport is an hour from the ski resort. Albuquerque International Sunport is about two hours from the ski resort. If you would like to explore the Los Alamos area, it is recommended to rent a car during your stay.

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