Sunday, December 4th after climbing most of the day down in White Rock, I got home to see some Facebook posts suggesting a few people were hiking runs up at Pajarito. I loaded my stuff up and got up there around 4:30pm with enough daylight to hike a run. Yes, the hiking for turns season at Pajarito had begun.
It snowed all night Sunday night closing LANL on Monday. I was up at 5am to shovel the driveway so we could get up to Pajarito by 7:00am. Breaking trail up Pussycat with Allison coming up behind me.
Bootpack from the evening before barely visible
We rode the run, "Pussycat" in the morning because it had a bit of a base under the new snow and no one else was up there!
Happiness is a solid bootpack
Josh, Allison and I hiked three runs before seeing anyone else on the mountain
Kay Birdsell riding Pussycat
And Steve Birdsell working his way down too
An unidentified skier heading up with cool light
Later that afternoon I met up with Sarah Thien, Phil Schembri and Andy Thien for a great run down Little Mother/Big Mother
Andy samping the fresh and deep stuff
Not Phils' better side but nice powder nonetheless
And Sarah digging into it
On the drive down on Monday evening I stopped for this shot of the Los Alamos townsite
Tuesday morning was unexpected three hour delayed work start. I had planned to go up for "dawn patrol" anyhow. Zero degrees on the drive up at 6:45am. It was -2 in the parking lot.
Beautiful early morning light while hiking up Pussycat. The snowcat had destroyed my sweet bootpack so I had to re-establish it
Great light at the top of Easy Mother
Early morning light means long shadows
Snow-flocked trees on the summit of Pajarito Mountain
Looking towards Santa Fe from the summit of Pajarito Mountain
A short hike from the top of the runs is worth it for this view of the Valles Caldera
I made two runs that morning. It was quite cold on top with a slight breeze
After going to work for the day, we headed back up to Pajarito for a moonlight run. With Tom and Allison
The following morning I headed back up before work to meet Steve for another dawn patrol run. On top of Little Mother at sunrise.
Making super nice turns down Big Mother at sunrise sure makes for a great way to start the work day
The light was right
That evening after work Allison and I met up with Steve and Kay for another moonlight run. We skied Lumberyard
Thursday morning was time for more dawn patrol runs. I met up with Steve and Sarah (and Andy Thien) for some runs. I would have to work until 11:30pm that night so I made a three runs in the morning.
The clouds were especially nice for a sunrise
Mike Engelhardt at sunrise. I need a steadier hand.
Andy skinning up with the nice sunrise taking place
Steve skinned up for a second run with me
Mike's skis on Sidewinder.
The powder was getting heavy and it took Steve down for a short break
I took Friday and Saturday off but did hike one more run up at Pajarito with Allison on Sunday, December 11th in the evening. We rode down Breathless marking my 20th lap of the week. Looking forward to more this week and season.