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The Sipapu Holiday Gift Guide

Give the Gift of More Sipapu this Year

‘Tis the season! It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to how we can show and spread the love during the holiday season.

What’s the perfect gift? More Sipapu, of course! Curated by Sipapu pros, this guide will help you share a little (or a lot!) of holiday cheer this season.

Sipapu Gear

Our store has so much cool gear this year. For the Sipapu fanatic who loves nothing more than telling others how much they love this mountain, why not let them broadcast their favorite place? From stickers to shirts, hats, and beanies, we ...

November 19, 2021::Opening Day

Photo Taken November 15, 2021

We are so excited to welcome you back to winter this Friday, November 19. For the 19th year in a row, Sipapu will be the first resort to open in New Mexico, and one of a handful open in the country.

Despite unusually warm temperatures, our team has been able to make enough snow and keep it in the shadows so we can get OPEN.

We’ll be running Lift #2, which is the bigger of our Magic Carpets – a whole 110′ of vertical feet! We’re challenging everyone who comes out to keep track of their ...

Cardboard Derby


Cardboard Derby is one of Sipapu’s most talked-about Family Friendly Family Fun events. Build your own vessel using ONLY cardboard, duct tape, string or twine, and paint. Race yourself or your team down the mountain for your chance to win an amazing prize.

For inspiration to build your vessel, check out the Sipapu Cardboard Derby video.

Cost: $10 per vessel, collected on race day


Derby Divisions

Junior (ages 12 and under) • Solo • Team (up to 5 people)

Teen (ages 13-20) • Solo • Team (up to 5 people)

Adult (ages 21+) • Solo • Team (up to 5 people)

Cardboard Derby Rules

• The Objective: Successfully negotiate and complete ...

Sipapu Season Pass Chart

The countdown is on: we’re under 100 days from the lifts turning, and if you’re anything like us, you’re ready. More than ready. If you’re considering which 2021-2022 season pass to purchase, we’ve got a chart for you. Keep reading or take our handy Which Pass is Right for You quiz, and buy your pass now. Prices increase after August 27, 2021.


  Power Pass Power Pass Select Power Pass Local Value Pass If this pass was a trail at Sipapu, what would it be? Thumper. Everyone loves it. Wormwood. For those who love to travel. The SipaBurger: Not a trail, but the green chile has ...

Buy Now, Ski Now

With our new Buy Now, Ski Now benefit, when you purchase an eligible 2021/2022 season pass, you can start using the pass right away – and get access to the 2021/2022 winter season as well.

How it works is pretty simple: purchase your eligible 2021/2022 season pass (don’t forget: we offer a no-interest payment plan), forgo the free shipping, visit your home mountain to pick up your 2021/2022 season pass and start skiing.


What Passes Are Eligible?

The Power Pass delivers unlimited access at all of our mountains – start using this right away at the mountain of your choice ...

Five Reasons to Buy Your Season Pass Before April 14

It’s the very best time to buy your season pass for the 2021/2022 winter season.

Prices will never be lower for passes. Have you heard about our no-interest pass payment plan? It’s a great way to spread out the cost of your pass over time. Check out our list of reasons to purchase your pass before April 14. 

1 – Pay No Interest With our payment plan, you never pay interest. Worry-free payments make purchasing your pass easy–and affordable. 

2 – Maximize Your Payments If you purchase your season pass by April 14, you’ll be charged nine monthly payments spread through November 30, 2021. More ...

What to Expect Opening Day

In many ways, skiing and snowboarding won’t feel that different than in past years. The rush from taking a lap down the mountain, the smiles, the giddiness of a powder day — all that remains the same. What’s different is mostly at the base area. 

Here are some tips for making your ski days a success while adhering to COVID regulations and precautions: 

Purchase your tickets online at Please go to Guest Services to pick up your ticket after checking in You’ll be spending more time outside. Check the weather, and dress accordingly or have layers available for when you take a break.  Wear ...

Open for the 2020/2021 Season

Sipapu Announces 2020/2021 Ski Operations to Begin December 10

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will begin its ski operations for the season beginning Thursday, December 10. Day tickets must be purchased ahead online at beginning at 5 PM, December 8. The resort will not be selling tickets at the ticket window. 

“Given the challenges we are all facing with COVID-19, we are very glad to be able to open our slopes to the public,” said John Paul Bradley, Sipapu General Manager. “We know that everyone is itching to get outside and experience the joy of skiing and snowboarding. We’re asking that ...

Sipapu Delays Opening

The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued an emergency health order that establishes a new stringent stay at home order. This order is effective Monday, November 16th through Monday, November 30th. As a result, Sipapu will not be open for skiing November 20th thru November 30th. Sipapu’s lodging continues to operate at 25% capacity, and our convenience store and gas station remain open as essential businesses with reduced capacity.

Sipapu has postponed its opening day until the Governor’s office authorizes our reopening. We understand this is disappointing news. We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and grace as we navigate the ...

Dynamic Load Testing


November 20 Opening Day!

COVID Expectations for Sipapu this Winter We’re getting the snowguns placed around the mountain and are hoping to start snowmaking when the temps drop next week. Soon our mountain will be blanketed with white. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to enjoy it. 

The scheduled opening day for Sipapu is now November 20. Our crews are busy preparing the slopes, lifts, and all other services in anticipation of snow! 

 Skiing and snowboarding are inherently low COVID risk activities. We enthusiastically embrace getting outside to recreate and enjoy the snow. It’s the ancillary services like rentals, ski school, and our restaurant services that ...

Fall at Sipapu

Ready for an incredible getaway into the mountains of northern New Mexico? Here’s a sneak peek at the incredible autumn we’re experiencing.


Trip Protection Plan

Trip Protection Means Extra Peace of Mind

We understand that these days, plans change. That’s why we’re happy to introduce our new Trip Protection Plan.

Trip Protection is available at a rate of 10% of the total lodging reservation value (including taxes and fees). With this purchase, you will receive a full refund if you cancel your reservation up until the day of arrival for any of the covered reasons, including COVID related issues.


If you would like to book your vacation with Trip Protection or have questions about the program, please email our reservations desk at or call the resort at 800-587-2240 when you make your reservation. Our Trip ...

Quarantine Restrictions Loosened

Great news! Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a revised order loosening quarantine restrictions for visitors to New Mexico. Bottom line: Guests from low risk states or guests with documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test are exempt from the quarantine requirement. Our occupancy is now up to 75% – just in time for Labor Day! Click here to make reservations

Learn more about the revised order here

A Winter Update!


Our phones sure have been ringing lately. The number one question: “Are you going to be open this winter?” 

We say a resounding “Yes!” We’re happy to announce our opening day is scheduled to be November 13. We’re excited to offer you and your family a place to get outside and enjoy the snow we all love.

We have been busy planning how our operations might change to accommodate some of the restrictions due to COVID-19. Our motto is “Rethink Everything.” From the ticket office to lift operations, we are being innovative to make the Sipapu experience wonderful for you and ...