Mountain Blog

February Fun Fest, February 15-17

Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual Presidents’ Day weekend celebration, February Fun Fest this weekend, February 15-17. Sipapu’s most popular family event includes a giant snow castle, costume contest and parade, mountain-wide treasure hunt, games, prizes and more, all for free.

Sipapu Snow Castle

Every year, Sipapu’s mountain ops team constructs a giant snow castle. This snow playground for all ages is the only one in New Mexico. Each year, the snow castle changes in design. The massive castle, usually two to three stories tall, includes a unique creation of stairs, slides, flags, and plenty of places to play in the snow. ...

Community Benefit Day

Community Benefit Day at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will be January 26, 2020. In its second year, Community Benefit Days is a way for Sipapu to give back to community by donating a portion of lift ticket sales to a local nonprofit. This year’s proceeds will benefit MAS Comunidad. The resort pledges to donate 20% of lift ticket sales. 

“Sipapu views community involvement as a corporate responsibility. We enthusiastically endorse and are committed to supporting our local community both by giving and serving and are excited to partner with MAS Comunidad for our second Community Benefit Day,” says John Paul ...

Sipapu Stories: Chris Bell

chris fixing snow machine

Chris Bell is the Director of Mountain Operations at Sipapu. He has been a crucial part of the Sipapu team for years.  This year he was the recipient of the “Best of The Best” award in mountain operations award from Ski New Mexico! We wanted to interview him about his work at Sipapu and to share what he loves about Sipapu! 

Chris picked up operating snowcats easily from his experience with tractors.

How long have you worked at Sipapu?

This is my 11th year at Sipapu. It’s a big change from where I started. I majored in Political Science in college, ...

Christmas at Sipapu

Skiing + Sipapu + Christmas = Magic

We think spending the holidays slopeside making turns and memories with your family is an incredible way to celebrate. 

Christmas runs deep at Sipapu, with families returning year after year to spend the holidays with us. It feels idyllic, with our snow-covered slopes and the gentle running of the Rio Pueblo providing the perfect backdrop for a holiday getaway. 

The elk in the lodge sports a Santa hat and Christmas trees fill the room, along with the twinkling of lights and a roaring fire. Our Annual Christmas Eve Party features holiday music plus FREE s’mores out ...

The Power Pass Welcomes Brian Head Resort

Mountain Capital Partners to Acquire Brian Head Resort 

Utah-based resort joins the largest ski and outdoor collective in the Southwest

James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners, announced an acquisition agreement to manage and operate Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah. Mountain Capital Partners currently owns and operates seven ski and bike resorts throughout the Southwest, including Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Brian Head is the second Utah-based ski resort to join the MCP collective, alongside Nordic Valley Ski Resort in Northern Utah. 

“We’re proud to welcome Brian Head Resort and its employees to the MCP family,” said James Coleman. ...

Back to School and Back to Skiing with Power Kids!

Sipapu has always been about family first – and families skiing together is a huge priority for us. We love seeing smiling kids and happy parents enjoying the mountain.

That’s why we developed the Power Kids pass. Every child age 10 years and younger receives a FREE season pass at Sipapu, Pajarito, Hesperus, Purgatory, Arizona Snowbowl, Nordic Valley and our mountain bike resort Spider Mountain during the 19/20 winter season – no purchase necessary and no strings attached. Plus, kids in 5th grade receive a FREE season pass valid at Sipapu, Pajarito, and Hesperus. Coupled with the discounts we offer on ...

Less than 100 Days To Ski Season

Fixing snow machine

For our guests, Summer at Sipapu means a relaxing hike or ride, trout fishing the Rio Pueblo, friendly rounds disc golf and heaps of laid-back family time–all in the cool Sangre de Cristo mountains.

For our winter operations team, summer means just one thing: get ready for winter, which starts sooner than you think – we’re planning to Open November 22!  Lift and trail maintenance and snowmaking readiness are in full swing. While you soak in the last few weeks of summer, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our ski season preparations.

All of our snow machines get a thorough inspection and diagnostics ...

A Tribute to Dads Who Rock. 

Rocking Sipapu with Dad

Father’s Day is June 16.

The crisp air, the smell of the campfire, and the trickling of the river are all things that make us want to come back for summer at Sipapu year after year. It’s a place where getting away from it all means getting away from it all – cell phones, TV, distractions – all the things that can seem so important at home.    Opting Outside with Dad. For many of us, our dads and grandfathers were influential in teaching us the importance of noticing the nature around us. They taught us about appreciating the outdoors ...

Fish for FREE June 1 & FREE Fly Fishing Clinics all Summer

Solitary Angler catches a big one!

Green grass and warm temperatures mean fishing on the Rio Pueblo. As a result, our river is full of trout and waiting for you to come cast your line. Anglers can fish for FREE on Saturday, June 1 as New Mexico celebrates National Boating and Fishing week.

Don’t know the first thing about fishing? Come to our popular weekly series of FREE fly fishing clinics. Our classes are perfect for those new to fly fishing. The clinics cover how to cast, where to fish, and what kinds of lures to use in our Rio ...

Photo highlights from the 18/19 season

Thanks for a great season! Thanks to all of our pass holders,  guests, and employees for making this season a great one. Here are a couple of our favorite guest photos from the 2018-2019 ski season.

PC: @jakobschiller




Lizzy working hard! PC: @golian99


Congratulations! PC: @calmurray_



Cardboard Derby PC:@instaperkolator



Pond SkimPC@breannakaylann

PC: @_ive_vision_

Thanks for a great season!

March at Sipapu!

March is off to an amazing start with up to 5 inches of snow in the forecast through next week! To celebrate the upcoming powder and Daylight Savings Time, we’re expanding our operating hours. From March10th-16th, enjoy the snow from 9:00am-5:00pm–and don’t forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night!Upcoming Events There’s nothing like fresh powder days with bluebird skies in between! Spring is just around the corner at Sipapu and that means plenty of exciting events.This weekend, kick off spring skiing with Hawaiian Days! Join in the fun by wearing your favorite Hawaiian shirt on the slopes. Plus, there’s ...

February Fun Fest This Weekend

Our annual President’s Day Weekend celebration, February Fun Fest, is February 16-18, and we know you and your family will enjoy the FREE festivities.

Parents and kids explore last year’s snow castle.

Sipapu’s Snow Castle Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend is the colossal snow castle, hand built by our winter mountain crew. This colossal structure is a feat in ice and snow architecture, complete with slides, stairs, flags and heaps of nooks and crannies for kids and adults to explore. Each year the castle is different—last year’s castle was 2 stories tall with 5 slides, 4 rooms and ...

14″ of New Snow | New Terrain

This past storm brought 14″ to Sipapu for a total of 59″ for this year with more in the forecast for today! 100% of our lifts are open and we opened four new runs on Thursday and we added seven new runs on Friday. Sipapu has 100% of lifts open and 94% of terrain open with 41/44 runs! Learn more about our trail offerings on our snow report!

Today I will be presenting the Sipapu Master Development Plan from 5-7pm at the Sipapu Day Room!

Below are a few of our favorite photos of the new snow:

New Snow & New Trail Now Open

Sipapu got 4″ of new snow last night and conditions are great for snowmaking. The new snow is allowing us to open Don Diego. We are opening the run first before we open jumps. We have been making snow 24/7 and look to make snow through Friday.  We are currently making snow on Smart Chicken then we plan to make snow on Lower Gamble. We anticipate opening Lift 3 next weekend. Below are some photos from the new snow!

New Terrain for This Weekend!

We’re off to a great start to the season and are making killer progress on opening more terrain across the mountain! We’ve had 5 consecutive 12-hour nights of snowmaking with almost all of the guns in our fleet blowing. I’m really happy with the product we’re putting out especially on Rufous. It’s skiing really nicely.

New Trails Now Open: Pauls Folly (expert) Rufous (intermediate) Lower Gamble (intermediate) Lower Rolling Rock (intermediate)

Please refer to our Snow Report for the most up-to-date information on what trails and lifts are open. This is updated every morning at 6a!

Snowmaker, Isa, all smiles after a successful night making snow.

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