It is with great pride and expectation that I re-launch The Forecast: Snow, our new and improved blog about how Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is getting ready for the 2013-2014 winter season. Years ago, we started The Forecast as a way to show others how we prepare our mountain, our staff, our lifts, our snow guns and everything else that makes this place hum. We had no idea that this blog would become so popular. I love it when - even in the heat of summer - I hear people asking us when we're going to start talking about the Forecast.
The thing is, we never really stop.
But here, at last, is our new blog. For those of you who have faithfully followed our updates in the past, you'll see that you can now comment directly on our page. Please ask questions, let us know your thoughts. We love hearing from you, and we want to make this as interactive as possible.
If this is the first time you've read The Forecast, please know the following:
If you love to ski or snowboard, this blog is for you.
If you're counting on the days for the 2013-2014 winter season to begin, this blog is for you.
If you can't wait to see snow, this blog is for you.
If you have thought - or are thinking! - any of these things, we've already got a lot in common, and we think you'll love hearing about the ways we're getting ready for the snow to fly.
And I can think of no better way to kick off this blog - written by people who love the snow, for people who love the snow - than by announcing when we'll be opening. For more than a decade, Sipapu has claimed the title of first ski area to open in New Mexico. This year, we're upping the ante: we're not only gunning to be the first ski area to open in the state, we're working right now to open one week earlier than we've ever opened before:
November 16, 2013
We typically open the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but this year - thanks to some upgrades to our snowmaking system - we're scheduled to open Saturday, November 16. And, with a little help from Mother Nature, we're planning to be open from top to bottom, too.
Stay tuned for our regular updates on how we're getting ready. In the meantime, write it on your calendars: November 16, 2013. And, if you're not doing it already, be sure to think snow.