- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 4
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 3
Pros: Great Pow, fun terrain, cheap, friendly staff.
Cons: Limited days open, slow chairlifts, expensive food.
Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2008
Went to Pajarito 5 times last season. Every time was extremely fun. It really is a hidden Gem. There is virtually no lift lines on any chairlift. I can't even meaasure the wait in minutes, it was more in people. The longest line I ever had to wait in was 7-10 people in front of me. There is always powder to be found on the mountain. It faces perfectly so the sun doesn't beat on it all day long. One time we went it hadn't snowed in over a week, yet we were still able to find plenty of powder without much searching. The groomers were extremely fun, especially on the left side of the mountain (townsight chair lift).
Pajarito is a very affordable trip. Especially if you go with a few friends. You stay in Los Alamos which very cheap especially if you search on the internet, and it is ony10 minutes or so from the resort. I would recommend taking your own lunch or buying something from the town before going to the resort. The food on the resort is a bit expensive for just a burger and fries. Oh and they also don't sell alcohol of any kind on the resort, BUT they do allow you to take your own. I saw a lot of people break out coolers of beer during lunch and workers walked right past them and didn't say or do anything. This is awesome, and actually saves me some money.
After a great day on the mountain you can find some nice places to hang out in Los Alamos. The city isn't very big but you will find some friendly locals. There is a good selection of restaurants (especially for breakfast, just look for restaurants on Trinity road) a cool bar with some pool tables, and a small Theater with 4 screens.
I highly recommend this place for a fun and quite getaway. Just don't make a habit of it. The small crowds and small town atmosphere are a great bonus.