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17th Annual Cardboard Derby

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 one of $1500 worth of amazing prizes, including a Purgatory Resort Prize Package.

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

Santa Fe Brewing will be on the mountain giving away brewery swag, pouring samples and offering beer specials. Plus they’ll host a Happy Hops Hunt—a mountain-wide scavenger hunt in search of SFB cans stuffed with prizes.

$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 the Cardboard Derby course with your vessel and all team members intact.
• All Cardboard Derby vessels must be constructed using ONLY these materials: cardboard, duct tape, string or twine and paint. The use of any other materials will result in disqualification.
• Each Cardboard Derby vessel may be assigned to ONE individual or team ONLY. Example: If the Smith family team registers their vessel, the Sipapu Cardboardominator, it may not be used again in another division, or by another individual/team.


• Individuals and teams are awarded points based on how close they hit the bull’s eye at the end of the course.
• The vessel with the most points wins.
• Prizes are also awarded for Most Creative, Best Construction and Costume(s).

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m. Day-of registration at Sipapu’s Base Area.
9:00 a.m. Individual and Team check-in. Vessel Inspection.
10:00 a.m. Mandatory participant meeting on the back patio of the Lodge.
10:30 a.m. 16th Annual Cardboard Derby start time.

Grand Prize

Purgatory Resort Prize Pack includes FREE one-night studio stay for two at Purgatory, two FREE all-day lift tickets, plus Purgatory logo-wear.

*2019-2020 Power Pass holders will not receive two FREE lift tickets.

More Prizes

Cardboard Derby participants can win one of $1500 worth of amazing prizes from our awesome event sponsors!

Thanks to Baskin Robins Taos, Super 8 Las Vegas, Spy Optics, Sports Systems, and REI Albuquerque for their ongoing sponsorship of the Cardboard Derby!


Questions? Email Ian at

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