Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is proud to host this year's Central States Cup 2014 Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race and New Mexico Downhill State Championships! This spectator-friendly race will surely challenge you to your limits. It is fast, it's steep, and it's technical, and we know you will enjoy the ride! If the altitude doesn't take your breath away the amazing views around the trails of Pajarito and the National Forrest will. So bring your friends, bring your bike and bring your A game, and join us for this year's best event in the area!
The entire mountain will be open for riding from 9am-3pm on Saturday (race day) and Friday from 2pm-5pm for racer practice only. Lift tickets can be purchased in the business office. Ticket prices for non-racers will be $25 per day for a a full day pass. Lift tickets for racers are included in the entry price.
The race this year will be held on the same day as SummerFest (bands and beer Saturday afternoon!).
There are four different categories that are sub-divided by age, and the entry fees differ accordingly. Registration, USAC points and National Qualifiers, will be kept separate for all age groups including NM State Championship medals. Age groups within each category will be combined for prizes depending on how many racers we end up having (i.e. Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3, Women, and Pro will be the medaled groups). We'll have prizes for top three in each category but we'll have prizes that run much deeper than top three!
The entry fee includes a T-shirt (T-shirt only guaranteed if pre-registered online), practice and race day lift tickets and entrance into the race. Cat 1 and Pro riders must have a current USA Cycling license. Cat 2 and Cat 3 riders may purchase $5 one-day license for the event. After you register online e-mail Neal Pederson with your T-shirt size.
|Downhill (Male 9 to 18)||$35||$35||$35|
|Downhill (Male 19 to 29)||$50||$50||$50|
|Downhill (Male 30 to 39)||$50||$50||$50|
|Downhill (Male: 40+)||$50||$50||$50|
|Downhill (Female: 9 to 18)||$35||$35||$35|
|Downhill (Female: Open)||$50||$50||$50|
|Downhill (Pro Men)||$75|
|Downhill (Pro Female)||$75|
Register online here! ((to be updated soon))
The downhill race course will be on a brand new upper course recently built between Bone Crusher and Muy Loco. The lower half of the course will use the original Muy Loco race course starting at the Muy Loco rock garden. The finish will go through a new jump or two in the location of the old Jumps Park and will finish in front of the ski lodge deck. See "Downhill Racecourse" on Pajarito Bike Map. Also see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h5BjPqcD6o&list=PL6KRvWRj8ks9Ur4YYmeNCul5pe8twTroH&feature=player_detailpage and this video starting at 1:30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=h2OPafHvctQ&list=PL6KRvWRj8ks9Ur4YYmeNCul5pe8twTroH
The race format will not be a "best of two" run format like previous years. It will simply be one timed lap like most other downhill races.
Directions to Pajarito Ski Area
See http://visit.losalamos.com/lodging.htm for lodging in Los Alamos. Car camping is available next to Pajarito Ski Area at Camp May for $10/night. See http://www.losalamosnm.us/cs/res/Pages/OutdoorRentalFacilities.aspx and http://www.losalamosnm.us/cs/res/Pages/default.aspx for details. Free camping is also available in the parking lot of Pajarito Ski Area.
We need all the help we can get! If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please contact Neal Pederson.
The surrounding forests and many portions of Pajarito Ski Are were hit hard by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. Many volunteers worked countless hours to recover the damaged bike trails and all have been recovered to as good or better condition that before the fire. Make sure you make some time during the weekend to explore all that Pajarito has to offer and don't miss at least one trip down Mother's Milk, you wont' be disappointed! Below is a 2010 video of the DH race (that course not affected by the fire) plus a 2011 video showing some of the rebuilt trails after the fire:
Race Questions and Website Contact: Neal Pederson