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Pajarito set for opening day

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By The Staff

After having to delay its opening day, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now ready to begin its Winter Season.
Pajarito kicks off ski season Saturday with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on the Aspen Lift with access to Bruce’s Boulevard and Lone Spruce. Additional terrain may be available as conditions permit, including beginner terrain.
“Pajarito picked up eight inches of fresh snow with this latest storm and our snowmaking team has been very productive with our snowmaking efforts recently so we’ll open with top-to-bottom skiing,” said Tom Long, general manager of Pajarito. “Everyone will be ready to kick off Pajarito’s ski season on Saturday.”  
Pajarito’s Aspen Lift will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Discounted lift tickets are available at Pajarito’s ticket office, lift tickets are $29 for all skiers and snowboarders. Pajarito will temporarily close on Monday to allow its crews to continue making snow with the goal of opening additional terrain. Pajarito will resume mountain operations with lifts turning Dec. 9 through Dec. 11. Pajarito will then be open daily Dec. 16 through Jan. 1 during the holiday season. For additional operating dates beyond Jan. 1, visit skipajarito.com.
This season, Pajarito is able to run the snowmaking system at its designed capacity, much more efficiently due to upgrades to the infrastructure over the summer.  
 “With our newly automated pump house, our snow guns have been able to operate at full capacity, helping us make the best snow possible,” Pajarito’s snowmaking manager, Tommy Long said. “Thanks to the additional investments we made to our snowmaking infrastructure, we’re now able to better utilize our dynamic system to make snow more efficiently and open the resort with great early season conditions.”
Ski Sante Fe, which also delayed its opening day due to warm weather, is scheduled to open its skiing operations on Saturday.