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.



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!


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?