Hitting the Slopes with the Kids

Skiing and riding together as a family is one of the greatest and most memorable experiences a powder-loving parent can have. And with Kids Ski FREE Week just around the corner (January 16-21), we'd like to share some tips for making your family day on the slopes successful.

More Snacks Mean Less Tears.
Kids need regular calorie intakes—especially when they are active. Whether they’re shivering, sweating, cruising through the bump runs or waiting for mom to catch up, they’re burning calories, and quickly. Load their pockets (and yours) with snacks packed with protein, like nuts, cheese and granola bars. The Brave Ski Mom has some great snack ideas. Sipapu’s Riverside Cafe offers a great menu selection, including most kids' preferred drink of choice: hot chocolate, extra whipped cream.

Learn to Layer.
Check Sipapu’s weather station before heading out. Even when you think you're prepared, It never hurts to toss an extra layer in the trunk because temperatures and conditions can really vary within a day. Here’s a good layering guide, and keep in mind that your kiddos really don’t need the most expensive gear out there. Base layers are the most important and are widely availablejust avoid 100% cotton! Layering correctly is important, and it really doesn’t have to be expensive.

Get Boots On Early.
If you’re less than an hour from the mountain, get your kids in their ski boots well before you get to the ski area. It’s a universal truth that kids’ ski boots take a quick 2 minutes to get on at your home or hotel room, but 20 frustrating minutes when you’re in the ski area parking lot. Be sure to have some really cozy, comfortable shoes in the car to wear after the ski day is over, too.

Never Stop Learning. 
The big goal should be developing lifelong skiers and snowboarders. Professional ski school instructors teach kids foundational skills that will improve their abilities and create good habits that they can apply and enjoy the rest of their lives. And frankly, kids often learn best when they’re receiving direction from someone other than a parent. Check out Sipapu’s Ski School programs here, and remember: if you or anyone else in your family has never tried skiing, Sipapu offers FREE Lessons for First Timers ages 7 and older.

Skiing is Fun.
Above all else, have fun. Some of your very best childhood memories may be of skiing, laughing, and having fun with your parents and siblings. Hitting the slopes with your kids allows you to create similar memories your own kids. We sure hope to see you and your family on the mountain for Kids Ski FREE Week.

 

Fresh Snow and Freestyle Events

Last night was a very productive night of snowmaking. To make good snow, we need the right combination of variables and we had just that last night: cold temperatures (the low was 9 degrees!) and dry air. We’re focusing our snowmaking efforts under Lift 1, and we're hopeful to have Lower Gamble open this weekend. Because we’re working under the lift, we need low gun angles to blow under the lift line. Temperatures are projected to remain cold and we may continue to make snow tonight and tomorrow evening.

The winter mountain crew has been busy! We completed the move of Don Diego Terrain Park to Badgers Burrough to rave reviews. We currently have eight features, including a fan favorite: the Disco Dance Floor (a flat board framed in metal), plus 2 flat rails, 1 round down rail, a small box and 2 rollers. On January 13, we’re hosting the USASA Southwest Freeride Series Rail Jam we’ve dubbed Marshall’s Madness in the park. And on January 21, competitors will be back in the park for the Don Diego Slopestyle Competition. And you don't have to be a member of the USASA to show off your freestyle skills at our King of the Hill Terrain Park Competition on January 20th.

I’ve really enjoyed saying hello to some of you on the mountain and at the resort this holiday season. Yesterday, I spent a few hours skiing with my three year old daughter and a friend of hers. She wore a leash for half a day while she got back into the rhythm and is now power-wedging her way down the mountain. We did laps on Badgers while she was focusing on making turns to earn a highly coveted gummy bear on the lift ride back to the top.

When you're not on the slopes, do your snow dance! Snow is in the forecast for this Saturday. And Happy New Year!

JP

Lift 1 Opens Tomorrow!

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Mother Nature brought cold temperatures -- with lows in the single digits -- to the region, and our mountain crew is taking advantage of it, making more snow for the slopes! With low humidity and cold temperatures, it’s been prime snowmaking conditions all week. Sipapu crews started making snow on Monday and continue to run the snow guns around the clock, allowing the resort to open more terrain. 

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Starting on Saturday, Dec. 9, we'll open Lift 1, a quad chairlift, offering top to bottom skiing, plus additional intermediate and beginner trails.  This weekend, Sipapu is hosting the inaugural Stefan Seigman Memorial Race, a USSA sanctioned alpine slalom race. “Sipapu is honored to host this event and continue to support the Santa Fe and University of New Mexico Ski Teams,” stated John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu. Sipapu will continue making snow and opening additional terrain as conditions allow.

We're Thankful for New Terrain

 

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have a lot to be thankful for. I would like to take a moment to share
the things I am most grateful for this holiday season.


New Terrain

 

Bambi opens Thanksgiving Day! Photo taken November 21

 

This week’s snowmaking effort saw a first for us this season: all 21 guns were fired up in one night. With that production, we’re able to open more terrain! Lower Bambi, a true beginner trail, opened today along with Lift 2 (a Magic Carpet). For Thanksgiving day, we’re going to open Pedro’s Park and Bambi. Plus, our terrain park crew has been hard at work shaping the snow into our first park this year. It now has five features.


Lodge Addition


If you’ve been skiing already this season, you’ve noticed some change to our base area. Renovations are now complete on our historic Lodge, including a new 2,141 square foot addition, which houses a new rental shop with upgraded ski and snowboard rental equipment, a new Ticket Office, retail space, and improved traffic flow with more gathering space, new bathrooms, and locker room.


Family 

 

This year, I’m most thankful for family, including my extended family made up of all of you! I’m thankful for the opportunity to pass on my love of skiing to my 3 year old daughter. Last week, I took her to see Warren Miller’s Line of Descent to start cultivating the winter stoke in my household. Needless to say, it worked. She tells everyone and anyone how excited she is to go skiing. I’m planning to get my first turns in this Friday with her and my wife.


Lastly, we are so very grateful for our new and returning guests who help make up the fabric of the Sipapu community. Without you all, and our amazing resort staff, we would not be able to continue to be the most “Family-Friendly, Family-Fun” resort in the Rockies! I hope to see you out on the slopes for Thanksgiving Ski Week!

—JP