Pajarito delays opening day

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By Jose Corral

Another ski hill in northern New Mexico falls victim to the warm-weather bug.

Pajarito Ski Area announced Wednesday that it will delay its winter season to Dec. 3. The ski area was originally scheduled to conduct its opening day on Saturday.  

Pajarito joins Sipapu Ski Resort, Taos Ski Valley and Ski Santa Fe on the list of ski areas that have had to postpone its winter season due to record-breaking warm weather during late fall and early winter.

"Although we’ve had a successful snowmaking push and picked up four feet of snow Monday night, we have made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening," said Pajarito general manager Tom Long. "We’ve experienced previous seasons that had plenty of early snow and other seasons when winter weather was slow to materialize but it ended up being a fantastic season. With the help of Mother Nature, coupled with our sophisticated snowmaking system, we will be able to provide a great ski season for our guests."

Snowmaking at Pajarito began Nov. 17 and the ski area had been successful in producing snow but was banking on cooler weather throughout the week to help the process.  

“We’ve been working around the clock to get the best product open for our guests but Mother Nature has proven to be a tough adversary,” said Pajarito snowmaking manager Tommy Long. “The little bit of extra time gives us the opportunity to put the best possible product out there on opening day.”

Season long passes for lifts are now available by visiting skipajarito.com or visiting Pajarito’s lodging area. Daily passes are also available for sale during the season.

Sipapu Ski Resort delayed its opening day a week, while Taos Ski Valley was pushed back to Dec. 15. As of Wednesday, Ski Santa Fe had yet to reschedule an opening day but visit skisantafe.com for updates.