$15 Million in Improvements across 5 Mountains!

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017

Durango, Colo. -- Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation.

James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado; Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, announced the company is investing an additional $15 million for the 2017/2018 season, continuing the aggressive multi-mountain improvement campaign for a grand total of $35 million over three consecutive seasons. Capital improvements include additional trails, enhancements to snowmaking systems, new summer activities, and new offerings to boost the overall skiing and guest experience at the resorts.

“Every year, our company invests millions of dollars in our resorts to make improvements to the guest experience, enhancements to the mountains, and to provide something new and exciting for locals and visitors alike,” stated Coleman. “We are excited to continue our commitment once again this year to improving the skiing experience, which remains our number one priority.”

The 2017/2018 capital investment plan outlines new trails, snowmaking, new summer activities, and more at these mountains:


Purgatory Resort

Building on the success Purgatory has seen in recent years with summer activities becoming more popular, additional summer activities are planned for Purgatory Resort. Two new summer activities will be offered in the Columbine area at the resort: summer tubing, accessed via the Columbine Lift 9 and a new 50 foot by 50 foot airbag that guests jump on to from a platform. Coming later in 2017, Purgatory will feature a new mountain coaster, which will be located just north of the Twilight Lift 4 and will operate during both winter and summer seasons. This is the first mountain coaster to be built on as steep of a mountain slope in the U.S. The coaster will be 4,000 feet in length. For winter, Purgatory is expanding its terrain with new intermediate and expert trails on the back- and front-sides of the mountain, and will add new gladed tree skiing terrain. The triple chairlift, Needles Lift 6 will offer a new mid-way loading zone that provides an easier way to access terrain for ski teams, terrain park users, and skiers/riders who want to make laps on the front upper half of the mountain. Improvements will be made to the snowmaking infrastructure, including additional pumping capacity, pipe, electric and additional energy efficient snow guns. The new snowmaking equipment improves the resort’s ability to make snow and open the resort more efficiently.


Purgatory Snowcat Adventures

Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation with access to 35,000 acres based at Purgatory Resort will be improving its snowcat cabins. Durango’s cat skiing operation will also provide a new portable shelter to be utilized during breaks and at lunchtime.


Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl plans to continue making additional major improvements to its skiing experience for next winter, including projects previously approved in the Master Development Plan. New dining options, improvements to the overall shuttle program, and a new rental ski and snowboard fleet are also in the works.


Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort

Sipapu’s renovations that included a new 2,141 square foot addition to the historic Lodge will debut during the 2017/2018 winter season, housing 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 a ski locker room. Enhancements to Sipapu’s snowmaking system will help Sipapu continue to be the first ski area to open in New Mexico, a title the resort has held for the past 14 seasons.


Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

This summer, Pajarito Mountain and Purgatory Resort are offering a new mountain bike pass, available for $149, which is valid at both Pajarito and Purgatory Resort for unlimited uplifts with access to a variety of trails. For winter, Pajarito will continue to improve its snowmaking infrastructure with enhancements to the holding pond, and the snowmelt collection system. A brand new pump has been fitted into the pond filling system. Pajarito continues to manage the ski area’s hazard trees that were damaged by the Las Conchas fires, while improving future fire mitigation and forest re-vegetation.  


Hesperus Ski Area

Next winter, Hesperus will install additional lights, increasing the amount of terrain for night skiing. The mountain will re-open the rope tow and install a new yurt, which provides additional indoor space for guests. The rental shop will be expanded and reconfigured for a more customer-friendly experience, and the ski and snowboard rental equipment will be upgraded.


The Most Benefits at the Lowest Price!

The 2017/2018 Power Pass, which is currently available at the guaranteed lowest price of the year, with no price increase over the past two years, an extended no-interest payment plan, and unlimited access to five ski resorts in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. The Power Pass provides unlimited skiing at Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, and Hesperus Ski Area. Plus free days at partner resorts in the U.S. and internationally, such as Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Loveland Ski Area, and more. Enjoy free summer benefits with the Power Pass at Purgatory, Arizona Snowbowl and Pajarito. The Power Pass is on sale at the guaranteed lowest price through Apr. 28. For details, visit ThePowerPass.com.  




About all five southwest resorts Part of a collection of ski resorts owned together in the Southwest, Purgatory Resort (CO), Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort (NM), Pajarito Ski Area (NM), Arizona Snowbowl (AZ), and Hesperus Ski Area (CO) total more than 3,300 acres of terrain, 32 lifts, more than 245 trails and 15 terrain parks, plus Colorado’s largest snowcat operation, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures. For the past three years, more than $35 million have been invested in projects, providing significant mountain improvements, including new lifts, more trails, and additional snowmaking infrastructure across the five resorts from 2015-2018.

About Purgatory Resort Purgatory is recognized as a top family-friendly, year-round resort in the Southwest. Purgatory features 94 trails, six terrain parks, 11 lifts, 1,525 skiable acres and multiple restaurants, and shops. Purgatory is home to Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing and snowboarding operation with access to 35,000 acres of powder. Located in the rugged and majestic San Juan Mountains, the resort is 25 miles north of the town of Durango. Other winter activities include tubing, dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice climbing, snowbiking, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and more. During the summer and fall, Purgatory features mountain biking and hiking trails, alpine slide, zipline and other family activities. The resort offers a variety of lodging from luxurious condos, vacation homes, and convenient slope-side units, to value-priced lodge rooms. www.PurgatoryResort.com

Purgatory Snowcat Adventures With access to over 35,000 acres of terrain in the San Juan backcountry, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures (formerly San Juan Untracked) is Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing & snowboarding operation. Experienced guides help identify perfect lines and navigate the expansive terrain, including wide open bowls, steep trees, rolling cruiser glades, undulating gullies, cliffs and chutes. Cat trips include avalanche gear, lunch and drinks, and highly trained guides.  For more information, check out Purgatory Snowcat Adventures

About Arizona Snowbowl Founded in 1938, Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest continually operating ski areas in the country. Located seven miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona, on the San Francisco Peaks and on the highest mountain in Arizona, Snowbowl offers 40+ trails on 777 acres with eight lifts, three terrain parks and two mountain lodges. Snowbowl is the closest resort to the rapidly growing Phoenix/Scottsdale metro area. For more information, visit www.ArizonaSnowbowl.com.

About Pajarito Mountain Located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and 30 minutes northwest of Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain offers 41 trails, 6 lifts and two terrain parks, all located on 751 acres on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains. Known for its spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the ski area was founded and developed in the late 1950s by the Los Alamos Ski Club. The fall line and bump runs are heralded as some of the best in the state. The mountain offers a ski school, restaurant, and ski rental facility. During the summer, Pajarito Mountain is home to an extensive mountain bike trail system with lift served access, and hosts several New Mexico brewers’ festivals throughout the summer. Pajarito is the closest resort to the Albuquerque metro area. For more information, visit www.SkiPajarito.com.

About Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is New Mexico’s fastest growing ski resort. Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu offers family-friendly fun to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Family-owned and operated since 1952, Sipapu is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. The resort is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, and features more than 43 trails, six lifts and two terrain parks. On-site amenities include slopeside lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and a riverside dining experience at the Riverside Cafe. Sipapu is the closest resort with lodging to the rapidly growing West Texas market. For more information, visit www.SipapuNM.com.

About Hesperus Ski Area The Hesperus Ski Area is located 11 miles west of Durango on Highway 160. Hesperus features 160 leased-acres with 26 trails, one chairlift, a lodge, rental shop, ski & ride school, and tubing hill. Opened in 1962, the summit is 8,888 ft., with a base of 8,180 ft. and a 700 foot vertical. Average snowfall is 150 inches annually. Operations are scheduled December through March. www.Ski-Hesperus.com

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?!