Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort supports the use of trained service animals year round.
Service Animal Policy
The Resort may not discriminate against individuals with disabilities who use service animals if the task or work performed by the service animal are directly related to the individual’s disability.
Service animals that meet the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, and service animals in training, are allowed in all public areas within the Sipapu Ski Area base facilities. The ADA guidelines include, but are not limited to:
- remaining under the direct control of the user at all times;
- be house broken; and
- be trained and utilized for a specific disability approved by ADA regulations.
Use of miniature horses as service animals must meet the standards set forth by the American Miniature Horse Association. Specifically, miniature horses may not exceed thirty four (34) inches at the withers measured at the last mane hairs. Certain areas within buildings on the resort property may be restricted from use of miniature horses due to weight, size, or other safety considerations associated within each location.
Emotional support, well-being, comfort, therapy, companionship or to serve as a crime deterrent are NOT service animals. Misrepresenting a dog as a service animal is subject to penalty under New Mexico’s Service Animal Act.
Operational Safety & Accommodations
A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means).
Where it is not obvious that a dog is a service dog, Authorized personnel may inquire as to the following: 1) if the animal is required because of a disability and (2) what work or task the animal has been trained to perform.
Authorized personnel may request that a service animal be removed from the premises if: (1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take immediate effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken. If the service animal is removed, the Resort will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate the individual with a disability despite the absence of the service animal.
In consideration of the potential endangerment of safety to others, and consistent with practices from other U.S. ski areas, service animals are not allowed on chair lifts, snow-covered trails, or in ski terrain including tubing hills, or on any ride or attraction that is not equipped or designed for accessibility to service animals. The ADA states that legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation may be imposed for restriction of service animals in on-mountain ski area operations.
If you require a service animal that is restricted from an area or activity, the Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will make reasonable accommodations as long as requirements for safe operations are met.
Contact our Mountain Manager John Paul Bradley at 575-202-4089 to provide Sipapu with a minimum 72 hours advance notice regarding accommodations needed for service animals.
Sipapu’s Ski School offers a specialized adaptive skiing and snowboarding program. Professionally trained instructors work with a range of disabilities. Due to the specialty of this program, a reservation is strictly required at least two weeks prior to your visit. Contact us at 575-587-2240 or email [email protected] for more information
It is the Resort’s objective for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time while visiting the ski area.
* 28 C.F.R. Part 35.136 which also applies under 42 U.S.C. section794
Disclaimer: All safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.