Six Things to Do Around Sipapu!

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort offers the perfect blend of quiet, laid-back style and ongoing, family-friendly events. So, whether you’re looking to experience one of the finest trout fishing regions in the state, an unforgettable white water rafting adventure, or simply enjoy the refreshingly cool air of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Sipapu is the place to be all year long! Here are our top six activities found within a stone's throw of the resort:

Tour the Earthship Community
An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds. These unique houses are made using recycled materials wherever possible and rely on natural energy sources to be independent of the grid. Take a self-guided tour of the Earthship visitor center or get a large enough group and tour several homes and buildings in the community. To schedule a tour contact Earthship visitor center directly at 575-613-4409. Check out their website here.

View the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
After checking out the earthship community drive a mile south on Highway 64 to the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge. This massive bridge spans 1,280 feet and provides view spectacular views of the Rio Grande and the surrounding canyon. This bridge is one of America's highest and most impressive overpasses! Learn more here.

Taos Pueblo
South of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge visit the multi-storied adobe buildings of Northern New Mexico. These buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 100 years! Tour the Taos Pueblo village and learn highlights of the culture, history, and people that live there. These guided tours run every 20 minutes on the hour and are run by local college students who rely on the gratuity of visitors. Check out their website here.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Take a load off at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. Located just north of Santa fe, Ojo is a secluded oasis of relaxation. Earn your spa day with hiking, and biking or even a yoga class. After hop in one of the many pools to choose from or take a warm mud bath. Afterwords relax with a restorative massage. Find out more here.

Book a Raft Trip
Looking for a thrill? Book a rafting trip down one of the many surrounding rivers! Guided tours with a friendly guide are available daily throughout the summer months. Learn about the different rafting options or to book a trip see details here.

Go Fly Fishing with Solitary Angler
Drop a line into the local stocked lakes, rivers, and streams with Solitary Angler. Get the best fly fishing advice and tips from expert guides. Guided fly fishing trips are anywhere from 3-4 hours of fishing to multiple day trips. Learn more about fishing with Solitary Angler here.

Every Kid 5th Grade & Younger Gets a FREE Season Pass!

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Kids just want to have fun, and they’ll have a blast every day with their FREE season pass! That’s right, kids in fifth grade for the 18/19 school year receive a FREE season pass, valid at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, and Hesperus! Every child entering fourth grade during the 18/19 school year or younger receive a FREE season pass that’s good every day at Sipapu, Purgatory, Hesperus, Snowbowl, and Pajarito during the 18/19 winter season. No purchase necessary, no strings attached – it’s all free!

How Kids Can Get Their FREE Pass
Lock in your FREE season pass online here and when you’re ready to pick it up, be sure to bring something that shows your child’s grade or age (example: a report card). We’ll need to know that your child is entering fifth grade during the 2018-2019 school year (or younger!)

Wondering if you should take advantage of the FREE winter pass or purchase the Power Pass for kids 12 and younger? Check out this buyers guide.

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More Fun Than You Can Shake a Ski Pole At
Here are just a few more ways kids can have fun while using their FREE season pass:

Ski the Magic Carpet
Hot cocoa breaks (with whipped cream and sprinkles, of course)
Snowball fights
Building snowmen
Making snow angels
Ongoing family events 
Group lessons
Private lessons

And much more!

Have questions about our FREE season pass or want to learn more about what makes Sipapu a great place for kids? Call us at (800) 587-2240.

Scout Service Day at Sipapu

This past Saturday, we partnered with the Boy Scouts of America Great Southwest Council and NMX Sports to host the third annual Mountain Community Clean Up Day. Boy Scout Troop 3 from Albuquerque, New Mexico made to the Carson National Forest for the weekend to lend a helping hand at the event.

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Troop 3 with the trash they collected and the necklaces they found. Photo by Eddie Vargas

Troop 3 helped clean up the mountain by combing the trails to pick up trash (and sometimes find treasures!) that accumulate throughout the ski season. Through their hark word, the volunteers picked up over 70 pounds of trash from the lift line of Lift ! The Scouts even found some unique treasures, including some beaded Mardi Gras necklaces that had fallen from the lift and were buried in snow during winter.

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Troop 3 enjoying lunch at the Riverside Cafe.

The scouts took a load off at our Riverside Cafe to refuel after all their hard work! It wasn’t all work and no play. The scouts tried their hand on our disc golf course and even dropped a line on the Rio Pueblo on their quest to earn a fishing merit badge.


Mountain Clean-up Day is a great event to kick start the summer at Sipapu, and keep the mountain clean for all its visitors and wildlife alike. All summer, Sipapu features exciting mountain activities, including free fly fishing classes, disc golf tournaments, watercolor workshops, and more. We hope to see you on the mountain this summer!

Utah Joins the Power Pass!

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James Coleman, Purgatory and Mountain Capital Partners managing partner, announced today that he will manage and operate Nordic Valley Ski Resort. The full release is enclosed below–here are a few things we’re really excited about: 

Nordic Valley delivers the largest night skiing and snowboarding operation in Utah.

The snow–and skiing–in Utah is legendary. Located 25 miles from Ogden, Nordic Valley (and its 300 inches of snowfall every year) is right in the middle of it all.

Nordic Valley was immortalized as one of the best downhill training ski areas during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The ski area offers lift-served mountain biking and several miles of downhill trails.

There’s a 400-foot long slip-n-slide during the summer. What!

The boutique ski area is a lot like us: they’re committed to families while making skiing and snowboarding affordable–and fun.

Beginning next winter, Power Pass holders receive unlimited access to Nordic Valley. Purchase your season pass by this Friday, April 20 for the guaranteed lowest price. Buy now.

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For Immediate Release: Apr. 18, 2018

James Coleman and Mountain Capital Partners Enters into Operating Agreement with Nordic Valley Ski Area.
Utah Resort Joins the MCP Family of Ski Resorts

Durango, Colo. – James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners, recently announced that he is entering into an operating agreement with Skyline Mountain Base, LLC to manage and operate Nordic Valley Ski Resort.
“We’re excited to add Nordic Valley to our family of ski resorts and begin working with the resort staff,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners. “Nordic Valley is a fantastic ski area and is consistent with our goals as a company of making skiing affordable to everyone in order to continue growing the sport.”

Nordic Valley Ski Resort, located in Eden, UT and only 25 minutes from downtown Ogden, was first established in 1968. Nordic Valley offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced terrain for skiing and snowboarding with 140 skiable acres, 23 trails, four lifts, a terrain park, and snowmaking which covers 60 percent of terrain. The Utah ski area receives an average of 300 inches of snow annually, and has a 965 foot vertical. It also features a day lodge, rental shop, and ski & snowboard school.

“We are very happy to partner with Mountain Capital Partners, who will run the operations of Nordic Valley starting this month,” stated Laurent Jouffray, Skyline Mountain Base, LLC board member. “We’re committed to the success of the resort and its future developments, and are confident that it will become one of the best ski resort destinations in the U.S.”

Nordic Valley is a family-friendly resort, known for its ski and ride school and beginner terrain. The boutique ski area became known internationally as the best downhill training ski area for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Coleman announced that the 2018/2019 Nordic Valley season pass has been reduced this year and will be offered at $299 for adults and includes unlimited access with no blackout dates to Nordic Valley, as well as Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort in New Mexico, Pajarito Mountain in New Mexico, and Hesperus Ski Area in Colorado, which are also managed by Mountain Capital Partners.

Mountain Capital Partners also offers the Power Pass at $599 for adults which provides endless mountain experiences at ski resorts in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, and will now include the Nordic Valley Ski Resort. With the Power Pass, ski enthusiasts receive unlimited access with no blackout dates to Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Hesperus Ski Area and Nordic Valley. The Power Pass also offers three free days at partner ski resorts including: Copper Mountain (CO), Powder Mountain (UT), Loveland Ski Area (CO), Monarch Mountain (CO), Grand Targhee Ski Resort (WY), Brundage Mountain Resort (ID), and more. The 2018/2019 Power Pass is currently on sale at the lowest price of the year through Apr. 20, 2018. All kids who are in fifth grade and younger receive a FREE 2018/2019 season pass. For more information, visit the Pajarito Power Pass webpage here.

In the summer, Nordic Valley offers a variety of activities for all ages, including lift-served mountain biking and hiking, an 18-hole disc golf course, a 400-foot long slip-n-slide, bungee trampoline, Nordic Nights Saturday evening concert-series, and more.Skyline Mountain Base, LLC is a group of U.S. and European investors.


About Mountain Capital Partners
Headquartered in Durango, Colo., Mountain Capital Partners (MCP) owns and manages the largest collection of ski resorts in the Southwest, including Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Hesperus Ski Area and Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures, as well as Nordic Valley Ski Resort. In total, the resorts feature more than 38,000 skiable acres, 268 trails, 36 lifts, 15 terrain parks, plus a variety of summer activities, such as mountain bike trails, scenic chairlift rides, an alpine slide, a new mountain coaster at Purgatory Resort (coming in summer 2018), and more. James Coleman is the managing partner of MCP, which has invested more than $40 million at its five resorts over the past four years alone, adding new chairlifts, trails, snowmaking, and other improvements.