Pajarito Ski Resort

Pajarito Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New Mexico in USA. The resort is in the town of Santa Fe, NM.

Pajarito is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Pajarito Ski Resort.

Pajarito Lodging:

Pajarito Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Pajarito has a total of 40 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Pajarito is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 300 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 121 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
300(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Pajarito Ski Resort Elevation

Pajarito Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,440 feet, or 3,182 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 9,000 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,440 feet (439 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 10,440 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
10,440'(3,182 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,440'(439 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
9,000'(2,743 m)

Pajarito Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
46.8out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Pajarito can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Pajarito has 300 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Pajarito is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
20%(60 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(150 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(90 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Pajarito Ski Resort good for beginners?

Pajarito can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Pajarito Ski Resort Location

Pajarito Ski Resort is located in the state of New Mexico, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Santa Fe, NM.

Santa Fe, NM 87506 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
35.91000, -106.14000

Getting to Pajarito Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Pajarito Ski Resort), its coordinates of 35.91000, -106.14000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Santa Fe, NM to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Pajarito.

Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM66 mi
San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO106 mi
Pueblo Memorial AirportPUBPueblo, CO188 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Pajarito Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Pajarito Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Ski Santa FeSanta Fe, NM12,075 ft54%19 mi
SipapuVadito, NM9,255 ft47%37 mi
Taos Ski ValleyTaos Ski Valley, NM12,481 ft83%47 mi
Sandia PeakCedar Crest, NM10,378 ft38%51 mi
Angel FireAngel Fire, NM10,677 ft50%58 mi
Red RiverRed River, NM10,350 ft45%69 mi

Pajarito Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation10,440 ft
Base Elevation9,000 ft
Vertical Drop1,440 ft
(20% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres300
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Pajarito Ski Resort Mountain Stats