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THE FUTURE OF PAJARITO MOUNTAIN SKI AREA – UPDATE

The LASC Board of Directors met recently with representatives from  Los Alamos County and Sipapu Ski Area to discuss a new joint model for the management and growth of skiing at Pajarito Mountain. These discussions are in their early stages but, if the model appears favorable to the LASC Board and is approved by the LASC Membership and the County, would involve the majority of the LASC land being transferred to the County, who would then enter into a long-term lease with Sipapu to manage and operate the ski area, with a much smaller parcel of land around the base area being transferred directly to Sipapu. This model would closely match many others in the ski industry where the bulk of the skiable acreage is often leased from the US Forest Service, with a small private parcel covering the base area facilities.

As with the previous transfer options, codicils and other contractual arrangements would be enacted to ensure that the land continued to be used as an active recreational and ski area, and that the public has  unfettered recreational access. Many details need to be refined, but at this time it is the option preferred by the LASC Board of Directors, Los Alamos County and Sipapu Ski Area.

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PRESENTATION FROM THE WINTER 2014 MEETING

A presentation on options for the future of Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, given by the LASC President, Philip Rae at the recent LASC general meeting, may be downloaded from the ski area website. Please note that the information about the individual County and Sipapu transfer options has been somewhat superseded by events. Details on a new combined management plan will be distributed shortly.
DONATIONS TO LASC
Some Members have enquired about donations as a way to help the current financial situation. While LASC welcomes donations, and every little helps us pay our bills, it should be remembered that as a 501(c)(4) organization, donations to LASC are not tax deductible. Additionally, there is the possibility, subject to LASC membership approval, that all LASC assets may soon be transferred to a third party or parties who would then take over running the ski area.

Summer Event Schedule is Now Set

There may be all kinds of changes being discussed right now, but one thing that isn’t changing is our comittment to Summer events at Pajarito Mountain. We’re happy to announce that Pajarito’s summer 2014 schedule is now set:

June 7, 2014  Summerfest, 12+ local microbreweries, band, lift served bike-and-hike
June 14, 2014 lift served bike-and-hike
July 12, 2014  lift served bike-and-hike
July 26, 2014  lift served bike-and-hike
Aug 2, 2014  lift served bike-and-hike
Aug 23, 2014  lift served bike-and-hike
Sept 6, 2014  lift served bike-and-hike
Sept 20, 2014  Ullrfest, 12 local microbreweries, band, lift served bike-and-hike

Stay tuned for other event announcements throughout the summer!

Los Alamos Ski Club Winter Meeting March 25th

The Los Alamos Ski Club Winter General Meeting will be held at The Christian Church (92 East Rd., Los Alamos) at 6 pm on Tuesday March 25, 2014. This will primarily be an informational meeting to summarize the current status of the ski area, introduce the candidates for the upcoming LASC Board of Directors election, and inform the Membership of the progress that the Board of Directors has made in identifying a secure path forward that ensures continued skiing at Pajarito Mountain.

Additionally, it has come to the attention of the Board of Directors of LASC that factually incorrect information and potentially libelous allegations regarding the operation of Pajarito Mountain have been posted anonymously on a local website. The Board strongly encourages Members who are interested in factually accurate information on these topics to attend the meeting.

Skiesta! March 15th

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Join us for the 66th annual winter celebration at Pajarito Mountain on Saturday March 15, with live music, New Mexico craft brewers, costume contest, mountain race, activities for kids, K2 Women’s Weekend silent auction, and other activities.
Music on the deck by Felix y Los Gatos with a blend of Zydeco, Americana, Blues, Funk, and Rancheros y Cumbias from 1 – 5 pm.
Enjoy a pint from some of the best craft breweries in New Mexico: Santa Fe Brewing Company, Second Street Brewery, Marble Brewery, Blue Heron Brewery, Taos Mesa Brewing and Abbey Brewing Company, wine from La Chiripada Winery, or cider from Santa Fe Cider Works. 12 – 5 pm.
Pajarito Mountain Cafe will be open from 12 – 4,  and there will be a free bus service, provided by Atomic City Transit, from 10 – 6 (parking at LAHS Sullivan Field).

Bike Trail Work Party Tonight, Sept. 5th and Upcoming Tree Planting Work

The cross country bike trails crew will continue work this Wednesday evening, meeting in the parking lot below the Spruce Lift (near the cat shack) at 5:00 If you show up late, just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew. The plan is to continue working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola. We hope to work the entire length of Aspenola this season. Craig Martin, Bart Daly, or Frank Reeves should be on hand to coordinate the work. Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water. This crew is in addition to Neal Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/free ride trails.

Also, there’ll be a Pajarito Mountain Tree Planting Day on Saturday, September 15th. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and REI are sponsoring a work party starting at 9:00 am, with a barbecue at 4 pm. Come on up and help them get our future glade runs in shape!

Trail Work on Wednesday, August 29th

Neal is planning on doing more trail work on Pajarito Downhill bike trails Wednesday (8/29) night. Will meet in parking lot just below the lodge at 5:30pm. Please contact him first if interested in going: 662-1461 (home/office), 660-1400 (cell while @ the mountain), or np@vicontrols.com.

The cross country bike trails crew will work this Wednesday evening, meeting in the parking lot below the the lodge at 5:30. If you show up late, just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew.  The plan is to continue working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola.   We hope to work the entire length of Aspenola this season. We want to have at least one XC trail, as well as our downhill/freeride trails, in tip top shape for the IMBA summit in October. Craig Martin, Bart Daily, or Frank Reeves should be on hand to coordinate the work. Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water. This crew is in addition to Neil Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/freeride trails. Choose your poison!

Cross Country and Downhill Bike Trail Work Tonight

A reminder that we will have a Wednesday evening bike trails building crew this evening, meeting at the lodge at 5:30
The plan is to start working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola.  Most of our trails need some rehab, and we want to be able to showcase at least one XC trail, as well as our downhill/freeride trails during the IMBA summit in October.  Craig Martin or Bart Daily should be on hand to coordinate the work.  Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water.

Also, Neal is planning on doing more trail work on Pajarito Downhill bike trails tonight. Will meet in parking lot just below the lodge at 5:30pm. Please contact Neal first if interested in going: 662-1461 (home/office), 660-1400 (cell while @ the mountain), or np@vicontrols.com.

Downhill and XC Trail Work Tomorrow

Neal is planning on doing more trail work on Pajarito Downhill bike trails Wednesday (8/15) night. Will meet in parking lot just below the lodge at 5:30pm. Please contact me first if interested in going: 662-1461 (home/office), 660-1400 (cell while @ the mountain), or np@vicontrols.com.
Also, Frank Reeves is heading up a crew to start doing cross-country trail work on Wednesday nights, beginning tomorrow. They’ll meet at 5:30, in the general vicinity of the top of the Camp May Loop.  He will discuss the new trail, a link back to the lodge from Camp May, and a path forward on rehabbing the  XC trails – and start building trail.  Bring gloves, water, shovels, rakes, hoes, maddox, etc.  Feel free to RSVP Frank (rockynm@msn.com) or just show up.

Hope to see you there!