FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2010
Media Contact: Stacey Glaser, Marketing Director
VADITO, NM - For New Mexico skiers and snowboarders, the wait is nearly over.
This Saturday, November 20, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will be the first ski resort open in New Mexico; this will clench the eighth consecutive time the resort has opened its slopes before any other ski area in the state.
Over the last seven seasons, Sipapu has more than tripled its snowmaking abilities, which has consistently enabled the mountain to open before any other in New Mexico. Sipapu began making snow on October 25 – this marked the earliest start in Sipapu’s snow making history.
Cold, arid temperatures have enabled mountain staff to make a substantial amount of snow for New Mexico’s inaugural ski weekend, said General Manager John Paul Bradley.
“For our opening weekend last year, Sipapu opened more terrain than any other opening day in recent years,” he said. “Thanks to the mountains of snow we’ve been cranking out, we expect to open even more terrain when we start the lifts on Saturday.”
For New Mexico’s first ski weekend, Bradley anticipates opening Lift #1, which provides top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding, and Lift #2, which services the beginner trail. Intermediate and beginner trails – along with a small terrain park – are set to be open as well. Visitors are encouraged to check out Sipapu’s snow report by calling 800-587-2240 or visiting www.SipapuNM.com for the latest details.
Opening weekend will also introduce skiers and snowboarders to the many new resort improvements, including:
A New Lift
This fall, Sipapu added a magic carpet lift to its ski school area. The 90-foot lift glides along flush with the surface of the snow, and offers beginners an easier way to practice their skills before they ride a chairlift. This newest addition brings Sipapu’s lift count to five.
“Sipapu prides itself on being a resort for families – and a fun place to learn to ski or snowboard,” said Bradley. “The magic carpet will make learning even better at Sipapu.”
Bradley added that he expects the magic carpet to open in early December.
During the off-season, base area staff renovated select slopeside lodging units. Sipapu’s popular suites, located steps from the lifts, now have new appliances, cabinets and fresh paint. Sipapu offers a variety of slopeside units, including cabins, lodge rooms, motel rooms, apartments and more.
A New Season Pass Package
This year, every adult, student, child and senior season pass comes with Passholder Perks, which include three free lift tickets at each of our partner resorts (for a total of 24 FREE lift tickets): Angel Fire, Monarch, Pajarito, Powderhorn, Red River, Ski Apache, Ski Cooper and Sunlight. Passholder Perks also offer Sipapu-exclusive discounts to area merchants and attractions. Although passholders will enjoy significantly more benefits this year, resort officials say that pass prices have not changed over last year.
Sipapu will be open everyday during Thanksgiving week, from Saturday, November 20, through Sunday, November 28. The resort will re-open for the weekend on December 4-5, and daily operations begin Friday, December 10. Lifts are open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Early season lift tickets (available opening day through December 10) are $20 for adults (ages 21-59), and $15 for teens (ages 13-20), kids (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 60-69). Fourth graders, kids ages six and younger, guests who are 40 years old, and seniors 70 or better ski and snowboard free everyday at Sipapu.
Following a season of record skier visits, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort enters the 2010-2011 ski season as New Mexico’s fastest growing resort, yet visitors won’t have to wait in line for a lift. For complete information about Sipapu, visit www.SipapuNM.com.
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.
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