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I grew up on pajarito and it is where I learned how to ski and snowboard. After teaching my self to snowboard on the steep bumpy terrain I applied to be a snowboard instructor in Taos ski valley (a resort that is world renown for it's ski and board school). In other words learn on paja and dominate the rest of the mountains. I have also been to many resorts and ski areas in new Mexico and Colorado. And I will say I always end up coming back to paja. The terrain difficulty is second only to taos ( including Colorado mountains) and if you learn to snowboard hear you can enjoy your self on any mountain. Be ready for a challenging step and exciting experience.
Remember that pajarito IS NOT a resort. They do have a restaurant, but no alcohol sales except during events and no lodging on the mountain. Los Alamos is only 5 miles away however, And while you're there check out the WWII museum where the atomic bombs are on display. ( Los Alamos is where the atomic bombs were made)... Full Review
I went here for the first time when Keystone closed during Covid-19. I have to say I should've went to Ski Apache. This mountain is not groomed and it felt like I was riding at some mid atlantic resort after an ice storm. My biggest complaint is that the lifts are insanely outdated and sort of just whip around without slowing down at the bottom and the top. 1/10 would not recommend going to this resort.... Full Review
When there's snow there is no better place to be! Not much beginner terrain, however. Get lessons from great staff. ... Full Review
New Mexico's hidden secret. I would compare it to any ski area, except for the crowds.... Full Review
Had a great time. Really like the terrain and the Mountain layout. Great price super nice people, staff included. That being said mechanical lift issues(2 lifts closed) drastically reduce the amount of runs. As an older skier with 50 plus year old knees I would have liked to see more groomed runs even though it was a couple days after the storm. I will definitely be back for another visit.... Full Review
What a New Mexico's best places to ski. Never a lip line.Good expert runs.... Full Review
I love this hill, low price and plenty to do... Full Review
This is a great area that is yet undiscovered by most of the "Outside World". The snow can be fickle (as in all of NM) and a lack of consistent water supply hampers snowmaking. Otherwise the terrain here is mostly steep with a consistent top to bottom fall line. Next to Taos, this is by far the best terrain in the state of New Mexico. There are generally few other skiers and the mountain is a blast! Not much true beginner terrain here.... Full Review
Like most ski resorts in NM, this is a great little area when it has snow. Best for intermediate to advanced skiers, the whole mountain is at a fairly steep angle so there are only a few greens runs that go sideways down roads. This is one of the "warm" ski areas, along with Sandia, Sipapu, and Red River, it is low altitude and best in the middle of winter and early spring. Snow can be thin early season and late season. When they do get powder, they can get a lot of it and it is really good. There are a few double-blacks, but they are not that steep and would be single-blacks at other places like Santa Fe or Taos. Do not ski the trees here, they do not clean the forest and the snow is not deep enough to make it safe.... Full Review
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