To download high-resolution images of the fire, taken at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, click here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2011 Media Contact: Stacey Glaser, Marketing Director (800) 587-2240,
Resort Remains Open in Spite of Fire
VADITO, NM - Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, New Mexico’s year-round destination for family-friendly, family fun, remains open and will offer emergency personnel and area residents an option for dinner this evening as firefighters work to contain a nearby forest fire.
The Osha Fire began yesterday afternoon about two miles from the resort due to a downed power line. Today, nearly two square miles have been scorched in the Carson National Forest, and air tankers and firefighters are battling the blaze. According to the Carson National Forest, no structures have been lost.
With backup generators in place, the ski area now has water and sewer services restored; limited electricity and Internet access is available at the lodge.
Sipapu’s newest outdoor patio restaurant, Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill, will be open to area residents and emergency personnel as they fight the nearby fire.
“In an event like this, we want to offer our neighbors and especially those fighting this fire a place to sit down, relax and enjoy a good meal,” said John Paul Bradley, Sipapu’s general manager.
Paradise will be open beginning at 4 p.m. today, and Happy Hour specials will be available all evening.
The New Mexico Trials Association annual event has been canceled this weekend; however, the disc golf course remains open. As Highway 518 has been closed at times over the past 24-hours, guests are encouraged to check the road conditions before attempting a trip to Sipapu.
For more information, call 505-414-1550 or check for periodic updates on Sipapu’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/SipapuNM.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is New Mexico’s fastest growing ski resort. Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu offers family-friendly, family fun to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Family-owned and operated since 1952, Sipapu is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. The resort is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, and features over 40 trails, five lifts and two terrain parks. On-site amenities include slope-side lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and gourmet home cooking at the Riverside Café and Paradise Riverside Bar & Grill.