We've just finished making snow on key spots that are serviced by Lift 3, and I'm proud to announce that starting tomorrow, December 23, we'll have all 6 lifts running, 41 of our 42 trails open and two additional terrain parks (we're opening our two organic terrain parks, New Mexico's *only* organic parks), bringing our terrain park count up to three. Our terrain park crew is literally building out our new park features just as quickly as we move our snowcats. By tomorrow morning, I'll have a better idea of how many features we'll open (as of now, we're looking at up to 6 features per organic park). Click here for our trail map to see how you can access these parks.
Nice shot of our ski patrol station at the top of Lift 1 and some grooming detail. Photo by Instagrammer @jonahmarkthompson
We're really excited to have the entire mountain open and available to all of our guests, especially in light of the snow that's coming our way. We've already picked up several inches over the last few days: here's what our weather station says is up next. Keep in mind that our weather station sometimes underestimates the amount of snow we actually receive (sometimes by a lot - we were planning for 14" in the last storm cycle that brought us two feet!!!) Click here to see the latest from our weather station.
No matter what, it will be a fun, snowy holiday week at Sipapu. We hope you can join us!
At 1:30 today, we opened Lift 4 and, judging by the number of smiles and "thank yous" I've seen from our guests and patrollers, the conditions are fantastic. I've been told the powder is knee deep, fluffy, light and dry - and it's now available for everyone.
Here is a trail map that shows what terrain is currently open. We're now up to 38 trails:
Check out all of the terrain we've just opened!
During this very snow week, we've been making snow on Lift 3's lift line, and we expect to open that before Christmas. It's looking great over there.
In case you missed it, we picked up 30 inches of the snow since last Saturday - some of the most snow in New Mexico! Come on up and enjoy it.
Snowy chair photo from earlier this week. Courtesy of Greg Payne
The last few days have been very snowy in New Mexico and especially at Sipapu! Since Saturday, we've picked up 28" of snow. Not bad, considering we were anticipating closer to 14". These back-to-back winter storms were impressive - the second one, especially (which brought us snow Monday and Tuesday of this week). That system was pushing south out of Chama, New Mexico, and when we see that happen, we are usually in the bull's eye of the storm. This time was no different.
Here's what our mountain looked like on Sunday morning. By then, we'd received over a foot of snow.
Our mountain crews have been working hard to manage the snowfall and drop the ropes on additional terrain. We've already opened Chopos, Thunder Bunny, Jimbo Gulley and Upper and Lower No Whiners.
Now that the storm has moved its way out of New Mexico, the snowmaking temperatures are fantastic. We're capitalizing on this and targeting a few key spots, including the Lift 3 lift line, Rufus, the second pitch of Gamble and the exits to Lifts 3 and 4. We've also closed Thumper to make more snow there, and I anticipate opening this run either tomorrow or Friday.
Many guests are asking us about when we'll open Lifts 3 and 4. We may have one or both of those lifts open as early as this weekend. Ski Patrol will be evaluating the terrain in these areas and we'll have them open as quickly as possible.
This is what the top of Lift 3 looked like earlier this week. The conditions out here are fantastic - we can't wait to open this terrain.
Either way, I anticipate having everything open by Christmas Eve. There's no better holiday gift around here! (Except perhaps a season pass - the sale ends this Friday!)
By the way, our weather station indicates we could be seeing more snow next week. One thing is for certain: it will be a very white Christmas at Sipapu.
Have you seen our new yurts? This one is located right next to the duplex. The bridge you see here is new, too. It takes you directly to our new quad!
Today was a great day.
We started with the grand opening celebration of our new quad. It was a fantastic moment, being surrounded by so many people who were instrumental in bringing this new lift to Sipapu as well as those guests who are enjoying it. I couldn't help but smile thinking about how our founder, Lloyd Bolander, would have loved this lift. We continue to be grateful to Lloyd and his wife, Olive, for their vision and passion for skiing. Lloyd was known for his dedication to teaching others to ski, and this lift is perfect for ski school students or those brushing up their skills. We know Lloyd would be proud of this lift. We certainly are.
Pictured left to right: Assistant Mountain Manager Chris Bell, Taos County Commissioner - District V Candyce O'Donnell, Winonah and Bruce Bolander, Carson National Forest Recreation and Lands Staff Paul Schilke, Sipapu co-founder Olive Bolander, lift operator Randy Roybal and Mountain Manager John Paul Bradley.
After our ribbon cutting (see photo above), it started snowing, and it kept going throughout the day. We checked the snow stake at 2:00 today, and we saw about 6" in just a few hours' time. Our weather station (click here to see our station) indicates we may get more snow tonight, tomorrow and again on Tuesday. This will be a great weekend and week of skiing and snowboarding!
The top of our new lift during today's winter storm. 6" of snow looks good on and around this quad! For more pictures from today, click here.
As we look to the week ahead, we're not only eyeing the snow, but also the cold temperatures. We should have excellent snowmaking conditions next week, and our priority is to open Rufous and we'll work on Lift 3 and Smart Chicken after that. If everything goes according to plan, we'll have Lift 3 open this coming weekend.
We're also beginning to think about our terrain park. Our guests have enjoyed the small park at the top of Lift 1, although we'll see some changes very soon. We'll move our current park to it's permanent location, at Pedro's Park. Located just off of Bambi, this park will be accessed by the new lift. If you love terrain parks, you'll love this: with the new Pedro's Park, you'll have just a short 3-minute lift ride, thanks to our new lift! Once we open Lift 3, we'll also look to open our two organic terrain parks (New Mexico's *only* organic parks) and begin work on the Don Diego terrain park, our largest park. We typically open Don Diego around Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
You're looking at the future location of Pedro's Terrain Park, which is located right by our new lift.
In the meantime, enjoy the snow!