A Buyer's Guide to Season Passes

By Stacey Glaser, Marketing Director

Sipapu's 2016-2017 season passes are on sale now, and we are unveiling the most impressive season pass lineup yet! Plus, we're rolling out some very big improvements - both to our passes and our resorts, including:

Payment plan: every pass now includes the payment plan option! The only season pass payment plan in New Mexico, this option offers 0% financing and easy automatic payments! Learn more.

Another $10 million capital campaign: while season pass prices are the same as last year, Sipapu will be a part of another $10 million mountain capital campaign (for a total of $20 million since 2015!) Click here to learn about the improvements coming to Sipapu, Pajarito, Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl.

Use this guide to help you select which pass is right for you, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected]

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

Power Pass Highlights:

Unlimited skiing at Sipapu, Purgatory, Pajarito and Arizona Snowbowl. No blackout dates!

There are a lot of different age categories on this pass, which means there are a lot of options for a discount. For example: long gone are the days that you turned 18 or graduated from school and were stuck with an adult pass price (while working your way in an entry-level job). There’s now a discounted pass for young adults ages 18-29, and another one for ages 30-36! Learn more.

This is the only pass that will give you year-round benefits, including daily access to Purgatory’s summer attractions, unlimited lift-served access at Pajarito’s mountain bike park and unlimited scenic chairlift rides at Arizona Snowbowl.

You’ll get an additional three bonus days at EACH of our preimier partner ski areas: Copper Mountain. Monarch Mountain. Loveland Ski Area, Skirama (in the Italian Alps!) and a lot more. Click here for the full list.


nmpassplusiconNew Mexico Pass PLUS
The New Mexico Pass PLUS provides unlimited skiing at Sipapu and Pajarito plus FREE bonus days at partner resorts, including Purgatory.

New Mexico Pass PLUS Highlights:

Get unlimited access to the state’s longest season, best fall line and favorite bump runs all on a single pass.

The New Mexico Pass PLUS includes its own set of partner ski areas, including Monarch Mountain, Grand Targhee, Ski Cooper, Sunlight and more. See the full list.

Enjoy 3 FREE days of skiing at Purgatory (available everyday!) plus unlimited (blackout dates apply) $50 lift tickets thereafter.

The New Mexico Pass PLUS also includes 50% off Pajarito's bike & hike access!


newmexicopassiconNew Mexico Pass
The New Mexico Pass is identical to the New Mexico Pass PLUS except you do not receive the 3 FREE days at Purgatory - although unlimited (blackout dates apply) $50 lift tickets are still available. The 50% off Pajarito bike & hike access is not available on this pass, either.

New Mexico Pass Highlights:
If you’re looking for unlimited access to our New Mexico ski areas and don’t plan to ski at Purgatory this winter (or mountain bike at Pajarito during the summer), this is the pass for you.


valuepassiconSipapu Value Pass
Sipapu offers a variety of value passes, including family passes and Sunday only! This is the pass to purchase if you’re interested in skiing Sipapu only and do not mind added blackout dates.

Sipapu Value Pass Highlights:

The most affordable season pass option!

Blackout dates are as follows: Dec 19-23, 2016; Dec 26-31, 2016; Jan 14-15, 2017; Feb 18-19, 2017; Mar 12-15, 2017.

Sunday passes are available every Sunday – no blackouts!

The family passes are available for families, all living in the same house and supported by the same income.


Spring Break Continues!

Spring Break continues at Sipapu! Between the blue skies, the extended hours (we're open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow - beginning Sunday, March 20, we'll operate from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through the end of the season) and all of the kids out of school, it feels pretty celebratory around here.

And there's a lot to be excited about! If you missed last weekend's 13th annual Cardboard Derby, you should check out these photos. As always, our guests demonstrated that they're not only passionate about skiing and snowboarding, but they're also really into cardboard and duct tape. Thank you to everyone who participated (be sure to check out the championship event happening at Purgatory on March 26!)

Photo courtesy of Aiden Bain.

While it's always great to see many new faces, it's really fun to see some returning guests, too. I bumped into Rusty Goates from Sweetwater, Texas, on Saint Patrick's Day. See that hat he's wearing in the photo below? He purchased it at Sipapu 27 years ago, and he skis with us every year. Seeing return guests year after year make them family, and so there's certainly a homecoming feel about the place.

Rusty Goates, thanks for calling Sipapu home for 27 years!

Up next on the docket, we've got the Pond Skimming Contest this Saturday, and we're getting ready for our Easter festivities (our mountain will have its first-ever sunrise service as well as our annual Easter Egg scavenger hunt). Furthermore, while it is warm outside, there's still plenty of snow out there. We're doing a tremendous amount of grooming right now, and we're eyeing the next storm cycle, which may bring snow as early as next week.

Thanks, everyone, for making Sipapu your Spring Break home!

Spring Break Bucket List

Spring is in full swing at Sipapu, and there are a lot of activities happening at our resort! As we approach the Spring Break season, here are a few things I would check off your list during your stay:

misssipapubusThe Cardboard Derby (March 12, 2016)

This marks the 13th year we've done this event, and each year it keeps getting better. Here's the gist of how it works: individuals or teams of people build vessels using cardboard, duct tape, paint, string or twine ONLY, haul them up the mountain and navigate them down our course. Points are awarded based on how close each vessel comes to a bull's eye at the bottom (click here for the full list of rules). If you're thinking about participating, here are a few tips:

The best prizes go to the most creative vessels. I've seen some of the best performing vessels get pulled out of a dumpster the night before our event. And while the best performing vessels get points, the most creative vessels get the best loot. This year, we're giving away vacation packages, cold hard cash ($250 courtesy of People's Bank and two $100 VISA gift cards, courtesy of Admiral Beverage) and more!

This race is not about speed. Judges inspect every vessel to make sure only the appropriate materials are used. If we spot anything that looks like wax or anything designed to increase your speed, your vessel will be staying on the sidelines.

Save time by registering early and online. This will save you a lot of time on Saturday! Click here to do it.

Check out this video of the 2013 Cardboard Derby! For more inspiration, look at these photos.

lift4bEnjoy an Extra Hour of Skiing (March 13-19, 2016)

Some might think that daylight's savings means they're getting an extra hour of sleep. We like to think of it as getting an extra hour of skiing! So, from Sunday, March 13, through Saturday, March 19, our lifts will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for our full operating schedule.

JenneOpenMicNightOpen Mic Nights (Every Saturday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

 If you love live music, you will want to visit the Riverside Cafe on Saturdays for Open Mic Nights. Our own Jenne McIntosh leads the lineup (and if you haven't heard her, you absolutely should), and we always see (and hear) some incredible talent, both from the local community and our guests. This weekly event is free.


Yeti-club-iconNew! Yeti Camp Ski Camp for Kids (March 28-April 1)

Sipapu has just rolled out a couple of new Spring Break programs that are perfect for those with a Spring Break happening March 28-April 1. The new Yeti Club is a ski and ride camp made for kids ages 6-10. Purchase a day or two at a time, or purchase the full week - either way, your kids are going to have a blast! Click here for more information or to register online. Plus, we've added a ton of family-friendly events that week (click here to learn more), and we've also unveiled a special $99 season pass that gives you unlimited access to Pajarito and Sipapu March 28-April 3.

lift6Check Out the New Lift (Open Daily!)

If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out Sipapu's newest lift. Our mountain's only quad (a lift that can seat four people at a time) was made for families, and it's perfect for those learning to ski or snowboard. This lift services some of our ski school instructors' favorite teaching terrain; plus the new trail under the lift, Faline (or, as we call it, Fall Line), is home to our beginner terrain park as well as the Santa Fe Ski Team's training area (to learn how you can train at Sipapu for the Santa Fe Ski Team, click here). And, don't forget: if you've never tried skiing or snowboarding, your first three lessons are FREE.

To see all of the activities happening this month, check out our calendar of events. Have fun out there!

A Little More Snow & A Great Big Snow Castle

This week's winter storm dropped 2" of snow at Sipapu, and the powder blended really nicely with the layer of snow underneath. While the conditions have been spring-like, the 2" of snow was just enough to really refresh the terrain. It looks good out there.

When it comes to spring skiing, Sipapu is one of the best places to enjoy soft snow. Our mountain's unique position in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains helps our slopes to warm quickly, which means you're skiing soft snow (rather than hard pack) earlier. For those of you who like bump skiing, I highly recommend Oops, Flower and Lower Rufus around mid-afternoon. The conditions are just right during that time of day!


We continue to see lots of people enjoying our big snow castle (just this morning, as I finished grooming, I counted seven smiling, waving kids perched on the top of the castle!) The warm temperatures have taken their toll on our signature landmark, and we may take the castle down earlier than expected. Most of the steps (which are photographed below) have been worn down by lots of kids' (and some parents') ski boots, so it's a little more like mountain climbing than stair climbing at the moment. We'll keep our eye on things and make a decision after this weekend.

This is what the snow castle looked like earlier this month when it first opened. Most of these steps are pretty packed out, although the slides are still working perfectly! Thank you, Facebook fan Rachel Manzanares!

The next storm could come as early as Tuesday!