A half-day at Pajarito feels like a full day anywhere else.
No lines, even on a powder day. First tracks available on Fridays and Saturdays from storms the week before. Entire slopes to yourself. Pajarito delivers what most mountains do not.
A mountain that skis alot bigger than it looks from town has 5 chairlifts. The Townsight area is a great place to warm up or for intermediates (some good powder shots typically in the Confusion trails). The east (Spruce) area has several high speed blue run rippers. Mid mountain has entertaining single black runs like Moe's, Wildcat, and Porcupine Park. Bump runs that seem to refuse to end are on the Fab 4, a collection of four expert runs on the west side. Further west has nice groomers to zip down. For apres-ski, hit Trinity Beverage Company in LA.
Sure, it doesn't have the steeps of Taos, high speed lifts like Angel Fire, or nightlife like Durango. Its charm lies in the fun slopes, great snow, and lack of crowds. Come up and try to ski a full day. Chances are your legs will beg for mercy after a few hours of skiing right to the chair time and time again.