A Sipapu Buyer’s Guide to Season Passes

Sipapu's 2017/18 season passes are on sale now and include more discounts and benefits than ever! Use this guide to help select the pass that’s right for you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Worry-Free Payment Option:
Sipapu is proud to offer no price increase over last year on select passes for the second year in a row! All Sipapu passes now include the payment plan option, regardless of which pass you purchase! With no interest and easy, automatic payments, it’s just one less thing you have to keep track of. Simply pay off your pass in monthly installments through January 30, 2018.

The Power Pass
The Power Pass is ideal for those who want unlimited ski days and the biggest perks.


  • 12 Buddy Passes to share with your friends and family! These include 6 tickets discounted at 25% off and 6 tickets discounted at 15% off. Just bring your guest to the ticket counter to receive your discount! Buddy Passes are valid at all 5 mountains.





The Local Power Pass

Formerly known as the New Mexico Pass, the Local Power Pass gives you unlimited access to Sipapu, Hesperus and Pajarito, plus 3 FREE days at Snowbowl.



  • 12 Buddy Passes to share with your friends and family when you purchase your pass by April 28!



Local Power Pass+

Formerly known as the New Mexico Pass Plus, the new Local Power Pass+ is identical to the Local Power Pass with the addition of 3 FREE days at Purgatory and unlimited 50% off biking and hiking at Pajarito.


  • 12 Buddy Passes to share with your friends and family when you purchase your pass by April 28!




Sipapu Value Passes
Sipapu offers a variety of value passes, perfect for those interested in skiing Sipapu only and don’t mind blackout dates.


  • The most affordable season pass options!

  • Sunday Only Passes are available every Sunday – no blackout dates!


Sipapu Family Passes
Perfect for families who want to ski only Sipapu and don’t mind blackout dates. After the first family member purchases their pass, each subsequent family member’s pass price is reduced. Learn more.


Convenience Passes
Guests 7 and younger, 4th graders and guests 70 and better can get a FREE lift ticket at Sipapu every day from the ticket window. Our new Convenience Passes allow these age groups to skip the ticket window (and any lines) and get direct-to-lift access for just $29.


  • Great news for parents—purchase a $29 7 & Younger Pass and your little rippers 7 and under will get direct lift access at all 5 of our ski areas. If you’re interested in summer benefits or FREE ski days at places like Copper and Loveland, the Child Power Pass is what you’re looking for.


  • Parents can purchase the new $29 4th Grade Convenience Pass and their kid(s) will receive direct-to-lift access at all 5 ski areas! Available this fall at the ticket window.

  • Parents can purchase the new $29 5th Grade Convenience Pass and their kid(s) will receive direct-to-lift access at Sipapu, Pajarito and Hesperus. Available this fall at the ticket window.


  • Guests 70 years old and better can purchase a $29 70 & Older Convenience Pass and receive direct-to-lift access to Sipapu, Pajarito, Arizona Snowbowl and Hesperus.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to purchase the pass that’s right for you by April 28 to get the deepest discounts and biggest perks. If you have any more questions, visit our FAQ page. See you on the mountain!

First to Open, Last to Close...14 Years in a Row!

They say that all good things must come to an end, and Sipapu’s 2016/17 ski season is no different. For the 14th year in a row, we have been the first ski resort in New Mexico to open and the last to close. This weekend (April 8th and 9th) will mark the end of winter operations for the season, and we’re ending it with a bang! Here’s what we’ve got planned:

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Get your last turns of the season in this weekend! Photo: Albert Graves.

Ski FREE for a Cause
This weekend, pick up your FREE lift ticket when you make a donation of any amount to the La Jicarita Food Basket, a local organization dedicated to stopping hunger in Northern New Mexico. What better way to end the season than with FREE skiing and community support?!

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We have sunny skies in this weekend’s forecast! Photo: Albert Graves.

Extended Operating Hours
Lifts 1 and 2 will turn from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday, and 9:30am to 7pm on Sunday! We’ll have 15 trails open, plus six features in the Don Diego terrain park. The ski school, rental shop and Riverside Café will follow normal hours.

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Get your bacon green chili cheeseburger at the Riverside Café.

To make this weekend even better, Mother Nature was kind enough to bring us 5 inches of snow earlier this week! With 45 inches alone since March 24, we beat last season’s total snowfall with 147 inches!

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5 inches of fresh snow fell earlier this week! Photo: Albert Graves.

We’re social! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and don’t forget to check our snow report for more information!

Thanks for another amazing winter season. I'll see you all on the mountain this weekend!

Today Only - Cat Skiing!

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We picked up 18 inches of fresh powder last night, earning us the second spot on today's list of highest snowfall in North America! We're currently without power so we're firing up the snowcat and taking our guests cat skiing! I will be taking guests (with the purchase of a valid lift ticket) up the mountain in his snowcat! Once power is restored, normal lift operations will resume.

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I'll pick guests up in the base area and load them onto the back of the snowcat. 

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Guests waiting to load onto the snowcat. Our snowcat can hold 10-12 people at a time!

Due to the power outage, all transactions on the mountain and in the base will be CASH ONLY. Our Super Saver Spring tickets are just $26 for students and adults and only $11 for kids and seniors! Our everyday ski FREE offers will not be valid during cat skiing operations. Each guest will need to purchase a lift ticket to get a ride in the cat. 

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Who's ready for some cat skiing, Sipapu style?!

Ready, Set, Slide!

On Saturday March 11, the annual Cardboard Derby returns to Sipapu for its 14th year! This popular family-fun event challenges both creativity and ingenuity as participants attempt to build the best cardboard snow vessel on the mountain. Oh, and this year we’re raising the bar by offering DOZENS of awesome prizes, including free entry to Purgatory Resort’s Cardboard Derby on March 18!*

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Yep—the Derby is that much fun!

The Rules are Simple
#1: Your vessel can only be made of cardboard, duct tape, string or twine and paint. No wax allowed!
#2: Everyone in your team must remain in your vessel from start to finish
#3: Each Derby vessel may be assigned to one individual or one team only

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The possibilities for creativity are endless!

While the Derby is a blast for participants, it’s also a spectator favorite!
Kids and adults love the thrill of watching teams barrel down the hill in their homemade cardboard vessels. Every year participants get more creative and knowledgeable in crafting their vessels, making it an increasingly fun event to watch.

Tips for building your derby racer:
- Sled-shaped vessels tend to get the best momentum
- Duct tape on the bottom of your vessel increases momentum
- There are different kinds of cardboard ;-)
- Weight distribution matters. Rear-weighted vessels tend to spin 180 degrees, sending participants down backwards
Weight = speed. Adding bodies to your vessel will make it to go faster

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Themed vessels are always a blast to watch.

Need some inspiration? Check out this Derby video.

Register in advance. It will save you time on Derby Day!

8:30am Day-of registration at Sipapu's Base Area. Cost is $10/vessel
9:00am Individual and Team check in. Vessel inspection
10:00am Mandatory participant meeting on the back patio of the Lodge
10:30am 14th Annual Cardboard Derby start time

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All you need is cardboard, duct tape and a little imagination!

*Please note that 2016/17 Power Pass holders will not receive two FREE lift tickets.

For more information, visit our
Cardboard Derby page.

See you on Derby Day and may the best (and most creative) derby-goer win!