Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is proud to host this year's Southwest Gravity Series Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race! 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!

Pajarito will not be able to host the Pajarito Punishment Cross Country Race this year due to course damage caused by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire but we will be rehabilitating that trail this summer and hope to bring the cross country race back in 2013.

The entire mountain will be open for riding from 9am-3pm both Saturday and Sunday for non-racers.  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.

The race this year will be held on the same weekend as Summerfest (bands and beer Saturday afternoon!).


  • Saturday, June 2nd, Practice Day and Summerfest:
    • Registration: 9am-12pm.
    • Race Course practice for all categories: 9am-2pm.
    • Walk down the course and rake the loose rocks: 2pm-3pm.
    • Ride the mountain: 9am-3pm.  Race course will be open for racers only.  Rest of mountain will be open for racers and non-racers.  "Cub Scout" will be closed because it crosses the race course.
    • Jump Jam in the Jump Park?: 3pm
  • Sunday, June 3rd, Race Day:
    • Practice 9am-11am.
    • Race: 11am-12pm.
    • Awards: ~ 30 minutes after race completion (start at ~12:30-1:30pm).
    • Ride the mountain: 9am-3pm.  Race course will be open for racers only until race is complete.  Rest of mountain will be open for racers and non-racers all day.  "Cub Scout" will be closed because it crosses the race course.


There are four different categories that are sub-divided by age, and the entry fees differ accordingly.  Registration and USAC points will be kept separate for all age groups.  Age groups within each category will be combined for medals and prizes (i.e. Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3, Women, and Pro will be the medaled groups).  We'll have medals 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), Sunday's Lift Ticket and entrance into the race.  Saturday's practice will also require an onsite purchase of a discounted $15 day pass.  Cat 1 and Pro riders must have 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.


Cat 1


Cat 2


Cat 3


Downhill (Male 18 & under) $75 $35 $35 $35
Downhill (Male 19 to 29) $75 $50 $50 $50
Downhill (Male 30 to 39) $75 $50 $50 $50
Downhill (Male: 40+) $75 $50 $50 $50
Downhill (Female: 10 to 18) $75 $35 $35 $35
Downhill (Female: Open) $75 $50 $50 $50


Register online here! 


The downhill race course will be the race trail designed by Chris Boice (Yetti National Team) & Rich Strang (Godfather of NM freeriding) that was used for the 2009-2011 races.  See "Downhill Racecourse" on Pajarito Bike Map.

The race format will be a "best of two" run format just like previous years.


Directions to Pajarito Ski Area

Lodging & Camping

See for lodging in Los Alamos.  Car camping is available next to Pajarito Ski Area at Camp May for $10/night.  See and for details.  Free camping is also available in the parking lot of Pajarito Ski Area.


2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

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We need all the help we can get!  If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please contact Neal Pederson.

Ride the Mountain!

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.  A few of the trails are still being recovered but some of them are now better than ever.  Make sure you make some time during the weekend to explore all that Pajarito has to offer.  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

Pajarito Punishment 2012, Pajarito Ski Area