Pajarito Pipeline work may start in September

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By Tris DeRoma

Even though it’s August already, representatives of a ski resort that recently took over the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area from the Pajarito Ski Club are insisting they will be ready for skiers by late November.
At a recent meeting at the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church, representatives of Sipapu, Los Alamos County and the U.S. Forest Service revealed the key to their confidence to the members of the Pajarito Ski Club.
Their solution is a temporary, but fast, solution to get water from the county reservoir to Pajarito Ski Area for the purpose of making artificial snow.
“We have neighbors in Los Alamos that have water and we have neighbors at the ski area that need the water, the National Forest is in between, so we’re working with them to help get the water from over here to over there for them to use,” said Sandy Erlocher, to the audience at the meeting. Erlocher is a U.S. Forest ranger that manages the Española National Forest District.
The plan is to connect a temporary, above-ground, four inches in diameter pipeline between the reservoir and the ski area and equip it with temporary pumping stations. Power will come from electrical cables already in the area. The project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

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