After 21 inches of snow fell on Pajarito Mountain, including 15 inches since Sunday, the ski area has been busy preparing to open a majority of its runs for this weekend.
“It just kept snowing and snowing,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said.
For Sunday’s powder day, Pajarito was able to open Daisy Mae, giving skiers and snowboarders a second route to ride down from Aspen Lift.
Today, Pajarito plans to have 12 runs open. Saturday, it plans on having over 30 of its 44 trails open.
“For Saturday, most of the mountain except chair 5 (the Townsight lift) will be open,” Long said. “We’re looking pretty good.”
The plan for today is to add Mal’s Run, West Mushroom, East Mushroom, L’il Abner, Bruce’s Boulevard West and Pussycat to the mix.
On Saturday, Pajarito will begin spinning the Mother lift, opening up the Fab-four (Nuther Mother, Sidewinder, Breathless and Precious) and all of the other runs on the mountain’s west side.
Runs like Wildcat and Aspen will also open, but could close if rocks begin appearing.
“We’ll open as much as we can and keep it open as long as we can,” Long said.