Mountain Blog

Photo Highlights From 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 ski season.










Sipapu and Pajarito Close for the Season Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Pajarito Mountain are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 ski season effective today at the recommendation of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

“We are skiers at heart and today’s decision was a difficult one for all of us,” said James Coleman, a managing partner of Sipapu and Pajarito. “While many of our employees and customers wanted us to remain open, their health and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us. We’ve decided to move forward with the Governor’s recommendation to end ski operations due to larger concerns for the wellbeing of our communities and the ...

An Update on Mountain Operations

As of 3/15/20, we haven’t changed mountain operations and are open. We are scheduled to remain open for the remainder of the season. However, with COVID-19, we’re taking things one day at a time, paying close attention to local and government health officials and guidance. We are committed to putting the safety and health of our guests and employees first and keeping you informed. We’ll be posting to the blog and social media as updates occur.

A Note to our Purgatory Guests

Thinking of coming to Sipapu to ski?

All Purgatory pre-purchased lift ticket and season pass products that are valid during these dates will be honored at Sipapu.

What about your lodging?

Lodging reservations are not automatically transferred to Sipapu’s lodging, and we cannot guarantee the availability of lodging. Your lodging must be booked independently, and your lodging credit at Purgatory does not transfer to Sipapu. 

Please call the resort or book online at Lodging is available in nearby Taos and Las Vegas. 

Purchased a World’s Best Spring Break? You will not receive a $10 resort credit at Sipapu, but, subject to the ...

A Note on Rebookings

Sipapu is open for business. Today there’s fresh snow on the ground, and we can’t wait to hit it. We love the outdoors and know you do, too, and we want to stay open so you can enjoy it as long as you possibly can. We are also closely monitoring and following guidance from local and state officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are working hard to clean, disinfect and care for our customers and employees in this uncertain time. 

Lodging Guests 

Existing Reservations through April 12: Rebook your ski trip at your convenience. We’ll provide you with ...

A note to our guests about the coronavirus

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is open daily and plans to operate through April 5, weather permitting.  Sipapu has been actively monitoring Taos County’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19. The health and safety of our guests and employees remain our central focus and we are committed to minimizing the impacts of COVID-19 exposure in our community. The resort staff is working side-by-side with public health experts including the Centers for Disease Control and will continue to do so until there is no longer a public health concern. As of March 12, 2020: Our existing lodging cancellation policy remains intact. All ...

Why Spring Skiing is One of My Favorite Times to Ski


Nothing can beat a powder day – let’s get that out of the way. I live for those days. But there’s something wonderful about Spring skiing. I’m busy on the mountain from pre-dawn until dusk, but in March, things get a little slower on the mountain. I can get out and enjoy what I call “corn snow,” that grabby, wet snow that makes for a really good time. And, I can ski in a t-shirt, which is a huge bonus.

I tune up my equipment with Zardoz wax, a teflon wax that really glides when the snow is heavy. My favorite ...

It’s a Race on Snow at Sipapu Cardboard Derby


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 ...