New Snow Brings Us Closer To Opening Lift 1!

Sipapu received 2 inches of snow last night, bringing our storm total to 5 inches! More good news: the forecast for tonight and tomorrow is—you guessed it—more snow! We just need about 3 more inches and we can begin track-packing with the snowcat to get our base depth up to a foot!

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Working on Loose Caboose today. Photo by Albert Graves.

Speaking of base depth, yesterday we were able to set up 6 snow guns on Badger in an hour and a half. This is huge; normally moving this many guns would take up to 6 hours to set up! The new snowmaking line on Badger helped this process tremendously. We were able to use the system exactly how it was designed to be used—efficiently!

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View from across the highway after yesterday's snow! Photo by Albert Graves.

We are also very excited that we were able to get Bambi open last weekend! Now we are focusing our snowmaking efforts on Loose Caboose, pushing our way to the top! We are trying to open Lift 1 by this weekend (fingers crossed!). Our best case scenario for this weekend is to open the top of Sassafras to Loose Caboose, then Midway, Bambi and down to Thumper.

Stay tuned to this blog for snowmaking updates and openings, and follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just as a reminder, Sipapu will be closed this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and will open daily for the season this Friday, December 2.  

See you on the mountain!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

1. Snow!
We are thankful for Mother Nature bringing us 4” of fresh snow on Tuesday and more is in the forecast! In addition to natural snow, we are grateful for our state-of-the-art snowmaking machinery that allows us to be the first ski area to open in New Mexico for the 14th year in a row!

2. Howdy Extension
We are thankful for the hard work our mountain operations team has put into getting the Howdy Extension trail ready for this winter. As everyone knows, the Howdy Extension extends the Howdy and Lower Bambi trails, adding 5 skiable acres. The Howdy Extension is our widest run yet, making it perfect for beginners and families.

howdywithsnowHowdy Extension covered in snow on November 22.

3. Lodge Remodel
We are thankful to have our Day Room renovation completed and available for guests to enjoy this season! Bruce Bolander, whose family constructed the original lodge, was involved with the remodel. We are humbled by Bruce Bolander’s vision to retain the same charm, ambiance and character of the room while vastly improving its functionality. Also, we are happy that the lodge’s new addition is progressing. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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Progress on the lodge addition. PC: Albert Graves.

4. YOU!
Last but certainly not least, 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! Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and thanks for skiing Sipapu!

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What can I say—I love my job! PC: Albert Graves.

4” of Fresh Snow and Construction Sneak Peak

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So good to see fresh snow on the lodge! PC: Albert Graves

 

New Snow
Greetings snow-lovers! Our team is excited to announce Sipapu received 4 inches of FRESH SNOW last night! Lifts 2 and 5 have about a 14 inch base depth and are up and running today. Tonight’s conditions are looking great for making snow. Our snowmaking team will arrive at 4:00 p.m. this evening, and as soon as the air temperature is right we are going to give it all we’ve got! Click here to see photos from today’s snow.

 

Opening Day
Thank you to everyone who made Sipapu’s Opening Day a huge success! For the 14th year in a row, we were the first ski area to open in New Mexico. It was great to see so many new and familiar smiling faces out on the mountain. Sipapu really is a community and you are a huge piece of what makes the resort so special. And, welcoming back our winter staff felt like a family reunion!

 

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The UNM ski team getting some turns in up on Thumper. PC: Albert Graves

UNM Ski Team Recap
The University of New Mexico ski team finished up their first training session at Sipapu yesterday. We had gates set up all the way down Thumper, and the snow was really nice and dense for them to practice their turns on. The weather during early season training can often be unpredictable, but it is so crucial to get that practice in! Click here to see them in action!

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Framing progresses quickly on the lodge’s new addition. PC: Albert Graves

New Addition
The new addition to the lodge is beginning to take shape! Exterior and interior framing of the new building is nearly complete. Next week we expect to receive the roofing trusses and will start installing those when they arrive.

We will continue to keep everyone in the loop on snow conditions and construction updates, but in the meantime make sure to check our live mountain cam, website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you on the slopes!

Sipapu Opens in 19 Hours and Counting!

Last night was a very successful night of snowmaking and opening day preparations. With a low of 15 degrees and a 13 degree wet bulb, we were able to fire up 17 snow guns last night and into this morning. That’s the most equipment we’ve run this year in a single night of snowmaking! Also, we were able to put two 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 we plan to do a hard push up top with continued cold temperatures forecasted at high elevations tonight. Click here to follow our weather station.

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Mountain crews are making and pushing snow today as the countdown to Opening Day continues!

I’m very proud to confirm that for the 14th year in a row, Sipapu will be the first ski area to open in New Mexico! Now for what everyone has been waiting for! Here’s a map of what terrain will be open tomorrow:

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Here’s what terrain guests can expect to be open tomorrow for Opening Day!

We’ll have Lift 5 (Jackalope) and Lift 2 (Practice Slope) running beginning at 9:00 a.m. In addition, there will be a terrain park with 3 features located between Lift 2’s lift operator shack and the tree island where Thumper intersects Bambi. The features will be torpedo barrel and 2 rails: one will be a 10’ rainbow rail and the other will be a flat I-beam.

Although the little magic carpet will not be running in the base area, we did make snow in the base area last night. This will provide a nice spot for ski school for side stepping and sliding as well as the ski teams will be
able to do their boot training in that space on Sunday and Monday. If you’re thinking about getting lessons this weekend, please call ahead to guarantee your spot at (800) 587-2240. Rentals will also be available tomorrow!

We plan to make and push snow out right up to the minute we open. When you arrive at the resort tomorrow, please use the bridge by the meadow to access Lift 5 or the bridge by the lodge to access Lift 2. The bridge by the mountain operations shop will be closed tomorrow morning. Don’t forget to 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 tomorrow!