Hooray for Opening Day!

 

Last night was a very successful night of snowmaking and opening day preparations. With a low of 23 degrees and a 17 degree wet bulb, we were able to fire up 19 snow guns last night and into this morning. Also, we were able to put guns up top to start making snow from the top of Lift 1 all the way to the bottom. We experienced a funnel effect last night that happens when it’s colder up on top of the mountain than down at the base. Looking ahead at the forecast, we plan to do a hard push up top with continued cold temperatures forecasted at high elevations tonight. Plus, snow is in the forecast for Friday! Follow our weather station

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Snowmaker, Albert’s, dog Chuck sampling last night’s product.

I’m very proud to confirm that for the 15th year in a row, Sipapu will be the first ski area to open in New Mexico! Now for what everyone has been waiting for! We’ll have Lift 5 (Jackalope) running beginning at 9:00 a.m. with access to Thumper, an intermediate trail. In addition, there will be 2 terrain park features: a small box onto a long box totaling a 22 foot rail. Our snow report has early season lift ticket prices and more details on opening day terrain.

Photo: Albert Graves, November 14, 2017.

FREE lessons for first timers will be offered this Saturday and Sunday. If you’re thinking about getting lessons this weekend, please call ahead for more information and guarantee your spot at (800) 587-2240. Rentals will also be available in our new rental shop!

We plan to make and push snow out right up to the minute we open. When you arrive at the resort Saturday, please use the bridge by the meadow to access Lift 5. Subscribe to our daily Snow Report to get the inside scoop on mountain conditions, lift ticket specials and more this season!

I can’t wait to see who will be on New Mexico’s first chair this Saturday!

Snow is in the forecast!

We’ve had a busy (and productive!) weekend of snowmaking. At 8 p.m. on Friday, our snowmakers fired up the guns and we had most of our fleet going into Saturday morning. We also got temperatures again on Saturday night and made snow from midnight until 8 a.m. on Sunday. As a reminder, Thumper, Butterfly and Lower Bambi are the trails we’re focusing on ahead of our target opening day of November 11.

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Sunrise views by snowmaker Jonah Thompson snapped Sunday morning.

Looking ahead at this week’s weather, I see precipitation for tonight and Tuesday- some of it snow, a lot of it rain. We're excited about both. Here's why: rain during this time of year is fantastic because it cools things off and - in particular - brings the ground temperature down. This is a very good thing when you are preparing to make snow: a colder ground means the snow sticks better, which also means that we're putting down a better snow base.

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Opening day is scheduled for November 11. 

Who’s ready?

First to Open | Snowmaking Begins!

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Our mountain ops team is going full-force as our Opening Day (November 11th) approaches. Snowmaking started at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday evening and continued through 9:00 a.m. yesterday morning. Conditions were in our favor to fire up the snowmaking system for the first time this season: temperatures hovered around 23 degrees, the wet bulb sitting between 17-22 degrees and humidity was low. We were able to run 17 guns on Butterfly, Thumper and Lower Bambi as we focus on key intermediate and beginner terrain off of Lift 5 and Lift 2.

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With the forecasted cold front rolling in on Thursday and Friday, we will take full advantage of those freezing temperatures and be ready to make snow. Then we will begin pushing and spreading all of those huge snow piles, adding to our growing base layer.

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I’m as eager to hit the slopes as you are! Sipapu is on target to be the first resort to open in New Mexico (for 15 years in a row!), and with a season that extends into the second week of April, it has the longest season in the state. As our team prepares the mountain for opening day, we will be sure to keep you posted. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram regularly for the latest updates.

Ten Days Until Snowmaking

The leaves have changed and this fresh chill in the air means just one thing—snowmaking is about to start.

Sipapu Fall Leaves 2017

Snowmaking Readiness

Sipapu’s snowmaking crew usually starts to make snow exactly 30 days after A-Basin starts to make snow. They started on September 24, so we have our eye on October 22 to start snowmaking at Sipapu. Later this week, we’ll  park the snow guns in their optimal places on the mountain. The Farmers Almanac calls for a 1.5” wetter than normal October, which is good news for our crew.

Mowing Grass and Clearing Trees

About 85% of the mountain has been mowed. Mowing helps distribute grass seed, and we want to ensure that an excess of grass doesn't poke up and melt the snow. This is critical to ensuring that Sipapu opens early in the season, and maintains our snowpack through the spring. We’ve also finished cleaning all downfall trees off the trails.

Lift Inspections This Week

Getting the lifts repaired and maintained is so critical to a successful ski season. Lift inspections happen this week.

We’re about ten days away from snowmaking and less than five weeks away from opening day. We just can’t wait to open up Sipapu—and New Mexico—for the 2017-2018 ski season on November 11, 2017. The mountain will be ready. Make sure you’re ready by grabbing your Season Pass before the first snow.