Mountain Blog

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

PC:@dinggggbat

PC:@tonymaples

PC:@jj_jen_johnson

Lizzy working hard! PC: @golian99

PC:@desertgardenyogi

Congratulations! PC: @calmurray_

PC:@wood_sydney

PC:@los_sanchooo

Cardboard Derby PC:@instaperkolator

PC:@buddynub

 

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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Reopening Friday With New Terrain

Sipapu is temporarily closed for snowmaking November 26-29 and open for daily operations November 30! Our mountain crews will be hard at work all week getting ready for opening daily. We did some regularly scheduled maintenance on our lifts and our food and beverage crews have been getting prepared for the holiday season.

We are maximizing every minute of snowmaking!

This week we have been running our guns and trying to maximize every minute of snowmaking. We will continue to make snow all over the mountain and focus on entrances and exits of runs. Our goal is to make piles at the ...

A 58 Year Christmas Tradition: The Chalker/Chachere Family

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Metcalfe

If you were able to go back through the phones of my family members throughout the years, you’ll see a trend that occurs every year once November rolls around. Text messages between sisters and brothers, parents and children, aunts and uncles with their nieces and nephews, cousin to cousin and husband to wife and they all have a similar feel. “It’s snowing!” and “Check out the forecast!” or even a countdown of days. Because you see in my family, once the weather starts changing we are all looking forward to the same thing: spending the Christmas season ...

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 ...

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)

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