In addition to ongoing mountain improvements (click here to learn more), our staff has been busy renovating the historic lodge. In 2013, our outdoor patio restaurant, Paradise Riverside Bar & Grill, caught fire and destroyed the Grill and damaged part of our Lodge. Since then, we’ve been hard at work planning for (and now implementing) a renovation that would keep the iconic style of the lodge while making necessary updates to accommodate Sipapu’s future.
We’ve received several questions about this project and - namely - the Day Room (Sipapu’s large meeting place inside the historic lodge). There’s a lot of history in that room - square dances, roller skating parties, weddings next to the old stone fireplace and, of course, countless family discussions over brown bagged lunches. As with any construction project, we have a plan and thoughts on what will be done and by when, but we’re at the mercy of weather, materials and permits.
For now, here’s what we know - we hope you will check back as we continue to keep you posted on what’s going on.
The Day Room
What’s remaining the same
Sipapu’s Day Room will keep the original stone fireplace and locally-harvested vigas - both will be restored and remain in their respective locations. The Day Room will be flanked by a large interior balcony once again (although the unfinished banisters which were lovingly polished by countless hands running against them are sadly gone). We’re restoring and expanding the outdoor balcony, which always delivers stunning views of the Rio Pueblo and our base area. We will also restore the family game room on the second level, which will be adjacent to the Day Room and Riverside Cafe’s seating area.
Garage doors will open up from the Day Room out to the patio for guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Rio Pueblo during the warmer months.
We anticipate re-opening our Day Room in time for ski season!
In addition to renovating the Day Room, Sipapu will add 2,141 square feet on to the west side of the Lodge. Key improvements for this expansion will include more bathrooms, an improved traffic flow with more gathering space, a locker room, ticket office and rental shop. While the area has been cleared for the expansion, we are unsure when this expansion will open. Nevertheless, we’re excited about this new and much-needed space!
Stay tuned for more updates! Don’t forget - Sipapu opens Saturday, November 12, 2016!
Utility work began this week for the renovation.
The Lodge exterior
The future balcony and garage doors will go here.
Mountain crews have been busy this summer adding a new 5 acre trail between Howdy and Lower Bambi. Sipapu's newest quad lift will service the new terrain. Even the deer are excited about the progress that’s being made! We spotted this little buck at the bottom of Howdy’s Extension by the new lift.
View from the top of the new trail looking down mountain.
3,100 feet of snowmaking pipeline is also being added on the new trail, which will provide additional snowmaking on adjacent trails. The snowmaking pipeline will be critical in supporting our efforts to be the first ski resort to open in New Mexico. Our target opening date is November 12, 2016!
New snowmaking pipeline ready to be installed
We're now 8 weeks away from snowmaking!!! Follow our countdown to opening day here.
With 4th of July just a few days away, here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday weekend at and around Sipapu:
FREE Casting Clinics: On Saturday, July 2, the Solitary Angler of Taos will offer a FREE casting clinic from 10:30 a.m. to noon. These hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals including: how the fly rod, reel and line work together, how to cast overhand and backhand, and how to shoot line out and strip line in. Call the Solitary Angler to reserve your spot at 575-758-5653. Or, if classes aren't your thing, do a little fishing on your own in the Rio Pueblo or our private, stocked fish pond. Learn more here. (Cost: FREE. Location: Sipapu)
Try your hand at disc golf: discover why Sipapu's disc golf course was named one of the most scenic courses in the country. The course is FREE for all guests and open everyday. If you're new to the sport and looking for a few ideas on how to get started, be sure to read our latest blog by local pro Jason Weldon (see: Meet Jason: Disc Golf Pro, Sipapu Tournament Director and Sipa Roll Dodger). Learn more about Sipapu's disc golf course here. (Cost: FREE. Location: Sipapu)
The Quirkiest 4th of July Parade in Arroyo Seco: Beginning at 12 pm sharp, this annual parade surprises viewers every year with its unexpected floats and unusual costumes. Parking is limited, so come early! Festivities run from 10 am until 4 pm along the main thoroughfare, Hwy 150. Don't miss one of our favorite ice cream stops, Taos Cow. For a full list of area parades and activities, click here. (Cost: FREE. Location: Arroyo Seco, 33 miles northwest of Sipapu).
Fireworks in Taos: Every year, the Town of Taos Volunteer Fire Department sponsors an hour-long professional fireworks display. The show begins when the sky is dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. (Cost: FREE. Location: Taos, 20 miles northwest of Sipapu).
Looking for some more ways to enjoy your Independence Day at Sipapu? Check out our list of activities at or around our resort, and be sure to visit some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path gems that are near Sipapu.
This weekend, Sipapu hosts the popular Rio Pueblo Disc Golf Tournament, a unique tournament that includes rounds on three courses (Two Gray Hares, Picuris Pueblo and our own disc golf course). This year, the Rio Pueblo sold out in a record-breaking 37 minutes! I had the opportunity to talk with tournament director Jason Weldon about the upcoming event, Sipapu's 20-hole disc golf course (named one of the most scenic in the country) and his tips for beginners.
Jason is a general partner of Elite Brothers Disc Golf and a Latitude 64 Soldier, and when he's not overseeing events all across the state (three of them are at Sipapu), he's running Sipapu's weekly disc golf doubles on Thursdays (click here for details) and - well - playing a lot of disc golf. Here's what we discussed:
Jason Weldon is a general partners of Elite Brothers Disc Golf, which was started in 2013. EBDG offers premier disc golf tournaments across New Mexico, including the former Pendaries Fall Classic, former Pendaries Village Open, Rio Pueblo Open (hosted at Sipapu), Sipapu Summer Slam (hosted at Sipapu), and the New Mexico State Doubles Disc Golf Tournament (hosted at Sipapu). For more information about Elite Brothers, visit www.elitebrothersdiscgolf.com