Mountain Blog

Thanksgiving Ski Week Mountain Update

Opening weekend was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out for New Mexico’s opening weekend. We’re open daily for Thanksgiving Ski Week with lifts turning from 9am-4pm through the 25th!  

On Friday, we opened Lift 5 (Jackalope), the ski school area, and Lift 2 running with access to Thumper, an intermediate trail, and Lower Bambi, a beginner trail. We also had 4 terrain park features. Sierra Nevada Brewing came to celebrate opening day and handed out swag and served up samples! On Saturday, we opened the top to bottom skiing on Lift 1 with access to Sassafras and Butterfly. 

Snow is ...

Opening Day Terrain + What’s Opening Next?

I’m very proud to confirm that for the 16th year in a row, Sipapu will be the first ski area to open in New Mexico! We’ll have Lift 5 (Jackalope), the ski school area and Lift 2 running starting at 9:00 a.m. with access to Thumper, an intermediate trail, and Lower Bambi, a beginner trail. We’ll also plan to have 4 terrain park features.

This Friday, Lift 2, Lift 5 (Jackalope), and the ski school area will be running beginning at 9:00 a.m. with access to Thumper, an intermediate trail, and Lower Bambi, a beginner trail.

Lift ticket prices for 11/16/18: $35 Adults (24-59) $30 ...

We’re Opening Early!

We’re kicking off winter a day earlier than scheduled! Thanks to our state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment and cooperation from Mother Nature, Sipapu is the first ski resort to open in New Mexico—sixteen years in a row. Next Friday, November 16 with Lift 5 starts turning at 9 a.m., servicing the intermediate trail, Thumper.

Early Season Lift Ticket Prices: $35 Adults (24-59) $30 Students (13-23) $24 Kids (ages 11-12) Did you know 5th graders and kids age 10 & younger get a FREE season pass? Learn more. $24 Seniors (ages 61-69)

Today marks the start of a week-long cold snap with overnight lows predicted to be in the teens ...

Snowmaking Begins with a FOOT of Snow!

Last night at 10:20 p.m. the snowmaking crew fired up the guns for the first time this season and the guns are still going strong right now. (That’s over 12 hours of snowmaking!) Before turning the guns on I had to do something I’ve never had to do before – clean snow off of each gun! Our storm total yesterday was a FOOT of snow providing us with a window to make snow on top of the natural snow. This helps insulate the manmade snow and preserve the product. At peak production, we had 11 guns blowing snow on Thumper. 

Blue skies ...

5″ of New Snow + Fall Colors

The mountain is covered in white and the aspen trees are showing off their golden hues! Here are photos of the mountain today, October 15:

Photo: Albert Graves

Photo: Albert Graves

First Snow of the Year

Winter has arrived at Sipapu! While testing the lifts this morning it started snowing! Here are a couple of the photos I took this morning:

Light snow from the top of lift one. Check out the accumulation on the chairlift.  

Accumulation at the bottom of Lift 4.

Coming down hard mid-mountain!

Let it snow!

Snowing hard at the base!

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The Forecast: Snow

Around this same time every year, my diet shifts to candy corn, Fritos, chia seeds and Red Bull. This is a sure sign that Opening Day is quickly approaching and it’s time to finish prepping the mountain for New Mexico’s Opening Day – happening right here on November 17th! My mountain operations crew is doing just that: buttoning up outstanding projects so we can focus solely on snowmaking when the temperatures cooperate. We have been mowing the trails with a skid steer with a 72″ mower attachment so that it only takes a little bit of snow to cover all of ...

100 Days to Ski Season


Ski Season is right around the corner!  Today marks 100 days until the kick off of ski season for Sipapu Ski Resort, which open for the 2018/2019 season on Saturday, Nov. 17.  El Nino is forecast for the 2018/2019 season, which means more powder days!  The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is currently predicting El Nino conditions for this winter, which tend to produce greater than average snowfall across the southern Rockies, benefitting New Mexico.   

For the past 16 years, Sipapu has been the first resort in New Mexico to open for ski season.  On opening day, Sipapu will ...

Fly Fishing Tips with Van

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Summers at Sipapu mean one thing: fly fishing. Every Saturday, our local expert angler, Van Beecham, hosts FREE casting clinics for the community. We asked Van to tell us exactly what you can expect–here’s what he had to say!

Sipapu is centrally located in the heart of the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, making it the ideal place to stay and fish the Rio Pueblo de Picuris, which runs right through the property. From the ski area, we conduct our free casting clinics right next to the game and fish pond located right on the resort.

Our casting ...

Six Things to Do Around Sipapu!

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Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort offers the perfect blend of quiet, laid-back style and ongoing, family-friendly events. So, whether you’re looking to experience one of the finest trout fishing regions in the state, an unforgettable white water rafting adventure, or simply enjoy the refreshingly cool air of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Sipapu is the place to be all year long! Here are our top six activities found within a stone’s throw of the resort:  

Tour the Earthship Community An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such ...

Scout Service Day at Sipapu

Scouts at Sipapu

This past Saturday, we partnered with the Boy Scouts of America Great Southwest Council and NMX Sports to host the third annual Mountain Community Clean Up Day. Boy Scout Troop 3 from Albuquerque, New Mexico made to the Carson National Forest for the weekend to lend a helping hand at the event.

Troop 3 with the trash they collected and the necklaces they found. Photo by Eddie Vargas

Troop 3 helped clean up the mountain by combing the trails to pick up trash (and sometimes find treasures!) that accumulate throughout the ski season. Through their hark word, the volunteers picked up over ...

Utah Joins the Power Pass!

Nordic Valley

James Coleman, Purgatory and Mountain Capital Partners managing partner, announced today that he will manage and operate Nordic Valley Ski Resort. The full release is enclosed below–here are a few things we’re really excited about: 

Nordic Valley delivers the largest night skiing and snowboarding operation in Utah.

The snow–and skiing–in Utah is legendary. Located 25 miles from Ogden, Nordic Valley (and its 300 inches of snowfall every year) is right in the middle of it all.

Nordic Valley was immortalized as one of the best downhill training ski areas during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The ski area offers lift-served mountain biking and several miles of downhill trails.

There’s a 400-foot long slip-n-slide during ...

Favorite Photos of 2017-2018

Matt Henderson

Thanks for a great season! Here are a couple of our favorite photos from the 2017-2018 Season.

Photo by Matt Henderson

Photo by @freeheelfreespirit of @thatparkguy and Lizzi the ski patrol dog playing!

Photo by @nm_snowmaker from a Powder Day

Photo by @apscha from the February Fun Fest Castle

Photo by @joeyunser from the Sipapu Pond Skim

Photo by @bubbynub. Doing some end of the season stunts!

Photo by @thaedra of our Ski Patrol! Thanks for all the great work they do!

Over a Foot in Forecast and Operational Updates


Spring is a busy time for us with two of our largest events (Cardboard Derby and Pond Skim Contest) and hosting all the spring break families on the slopes. This Sunday, March 25th will be the last day of daily operations, as we adopt weekend operations starting March 31st (Saturdays and Sundays).

The Scown family enjoying a snow-filled, Sipapu spring break! PC: Jeff Scown

Our core identity as skiers drives us to stay open as long as possible, and we never want to miss out on a good powder day! We are checking next week’s forecast often and we like what we see ...

A Sipapu’s Buyer’s Guide to 18/19 Season Passes

Sipapus’s 18/19 season passes are on sale now and include more discounts and benefits than ever! Use this guide to help select the pass that’s right for you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Worry-Free Payment Option: Sipapu is proud to offer no price increase over last year on select passes for the third year in a row! All Sipapu passes now include the payment plan option, regardless of which pass you purchase! With no interest and easy, automatic payments, it’s just one less thing you have to keep track of. Simply pay off your pass in monthly installments through ...