I'm proud to announce that we will be building a new chairlift this summer for the 2015-2016 winter! We've been talking about and planning for this lift for some time, and I am very excited to finally share the details with you:
It’s Sipapu’s First Quad and Made for Families
Our new lift will be a quad, a chairlift that can accommodate four skiers or snowboarders at a time. Virtually everything about this lift is family-friendly, even down to the seating arrangements: now a mom, a dad, and two kids can all ride on the same chair.
I actually just finished surveying the site with our managing partner, James Coleman, and he said it best:
"We are building this lift for families. It is perfect for parents and kids to ride together, and it gives those who are learning easy access to some of our best beginner terrain."
Which leads me to my next point...
It Is Ideal for Beginners
The beginner lift carries guests 330 vertical feet and services beginner trails like Bambi and Lower Bambi, and intermediate trails including Thumper and Rolling Rock, giving families and novice skiers and snowboarders an easier way to practice their skills before progressing to more advanced terrain.
This marks the 6th Lift at Sipapu and the 3rd New Lift in Less than 5 Years
The new chairlift (which will open sometime in 2015) is part of a long-term strategy to introduce more skiers and snowboarders to winter sports. For more than a decade, Sipapu has offered a unique Learn to Ski FREE program that offers first-time skiers and snowboarders a free ski school lesson with a lift ticket purchase. This free lesson program is the only of its kind in New Mexico and among a handful in the United States. In 2010, our ski school teaching area introduced Sipapu’s first magic carpet – a conveyor lift that glides flush along the surface of the snow. The response to this carpet was so overwhelming that we added a second carpet in 2013 on Sipapu’s Practice Slope.
The New Lift Comes With a New Run
In addition to the new lift and its superior beginner terrain access, we will add a new intermediate or advanced run directly under the lift, which will bump our trail count to 42.
Be On The Lookout for Construction Updates
We will post regular construction updates on this blog and our social media pages (follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and we have also set up a construction update line at 800-587-2240, ext. 1. For those guests who are on site and would like to watch our progress, please stay a safe distance from all workers and machinery, and please make yourself known as you approach and leave the construction area.
Disc Golf Course Changes
We have already started work on this project, and disc golf holes #2 and #5 are not accessible at this time. I suggest playing hole #1 and then going directly to hole #6. We will continue to keep you posted on the construction and how it affects our world-class disc golf course. (Click here for a map of our disc golf course.)
Access the New Lift All Season Long with a Season Pass!
Don’t forget that you can enjoy unlimited access to this new lift and our entire mountain on a season pass. The sale ends May 15! Click here for details.
Many exciting developments are happening at Sipapu - we'll keep you posted about them here!