34 Trails Open and Counting!

Terrain update: Sipapu now has 34 trails open! Today our mountain crew finished up work on Gamble Glades. We’re track packing the mountain in preparation for the 13 inches of snow Sipapu is forecasted to receive by Friday, that way we can open new terrain when the conditions are right!

As a reminder, the lift operating schedule is as follows for the remainder of the season (minus holidays):

- Thursday
Lift 4 is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Lift 3 is open from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

- Friday through Sunday Lift 4 will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lift 3 will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and all other lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 pm.

We have a ton of upcoming events that we’re excited to share with you, including:

- World Snowboard Day (January 8)

- Never Summer Demo (January 8-9)

- Telemark Festival & Skin Up, Ski Down Race (January 14)

- Santa Fe Brewing Happy Hops Hunt (January 14)

- Moonlight Hike and Campfire (January 14)

As a snowmaker I get to see some pretty awesome views of the mountain that other people aren’t able to.
Here are a few photos I snapped that really capture its beauty:

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I get to see a lot of sunsets at my job, but this one’s really something.

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Fresh groomer tracks are the best way to start a day!

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Mother Nature brought us some fresh snow for the New Year!

To check current mountain conditions and terrain openings, visit our Snow Report. Share your favorite mountain moments with us on ourFacebook, Instagram and Twitter—we love hearing from you and seeing all your photos!

See you on the  mountain!

All Lifts Open!

Mountain update: Our snowmaking efforts have paid off! We just opened Don Diego, Smart Chicken and Lift 4! This means that all lifts are now open at Sipapu! To check our current mountain conditions, visit our Snow Report. Stay social by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—we love to hear from you and see your photos! Speaking of photos, here are a few we snapped this morning:


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No lift lines! Photo: Albert Graves

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Our very snowy lodge. Photo: Albert Graves.

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Our hard work has paid off—all lifts are open!

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We have to thank Mother Nature—she really helped us out! Photo: Albert Graves.

The Dec.16 fire that broke at Sipapu and ultimately destroyed eight lodging units is still under investigation by local authorities. This lodge housed a lot of history—it was where the original Bolander kids grew up. Though we are very sad to see the lodge destroyed, we are incredibly grateful to the Peñasco, Dixon, Ojo Sarco, Mora and Taos fire departments and personnel who responded to the incident so professionally. We are lucky to be part of such a caring community!

While the lift lines are still short at Sipapu, this is our busiest time of year, so please allow a few extra minutes getting on the lift. Also, if you are renting gear, please consider renting in Taos, Santa Fe or Albuquerque so you can maximize your time on the slopes!


Thanks and see you on the mountain!

Christmas Eve is tonight!

Our most recent storm brought us 4 more inches of snow! On top of that, Sipapu is forecasted to have a White Christmas this year! In addition to the snow Mother Nature has gifted us, colder temperatures have allowed us to run snow guns on Smart Chicken over the last few days, and we plan on having it ready for turns within the next week! Click here to see our full Snow Report, and be sure to subscribe to receive daily email updates.

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The early bird catches the worm—and the untracked powder!


Lift 3 opened on Friday, Faline opened 3 days ago and is skiing great
. We’ve also been able to push out snow piles on Don Diego. Our plan is to have Lift 4 and all beginner and intermediate terrain open by December 28.

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My office view from the top of Lift 1.


Sipapu’s annual Christmas Eve Party is TONIGHT—we hope to see you all there! This party is an old Sipapu tradition and always promises to be a great time for the whole family. We’ll have our full dinner menu available to order from, as well as a free New Mexican-inspired stew. An art project will be available for the little ones, and the open mic event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! No reservations are necessary. The party will take place in the Riverside Cafe in our historic Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to learn more about our Christmas Eve Party.

An Update on Today's Fire

We've had a tough day today at Sipapu and want to keep everyone informed on today's fire. Here's the official statement about today's incident:

For those of you who don't know, 
a fire broke out in one our apartment units earlier this afternoon. Unfortunately the building that houses our bunk rooms and apartments was completely destroyed. At this time, the cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., smoke was observed coming from the building and was immediately reported to our local fire department, and the Taos and Penasco Fire Departments responded. Two guests were treated and released on site and two other guests were transported to the Holy Cross Hospital.

Our staff is working with all of our guests who were impacted by the fire to find alternate lodging, in addition to replacing any damaged clothing and necessities. The reservations staff will be reaching out to all guests whose reservations are affected to re-book their lodging at Sipapu or area hotels. Mountain operations - including chairlifts, terrain, terrain parks, rentals, ski school and the ticket office - remain in operation and were unaffected.  We'll continue normal operations tomorrow at 9am with the Ticket Office and Riverside Cafe open at 8am

We appreciate your patience during this time.