Meet Jason: Disc Golf Pro, Sipapu Tournament Director and Sipa Roll Dodger

weldonprofileThis weekend, Sipapu hosts the popular Rio Pueblo Disc Golf Tournament, a unique tournament that includes rounds on three courses (Two Gray Hares, Picuris Pueblo and our own disc golf course). This year, the Rio Pueblo sold out in a record-breaking 37 minutes! I had the opportunity to talk with tournament director Jason Weldon about the upcoming event, Sipapu's 20-hole disc golf course (named one of the most scenic in the country) and his tips for beginners.

Jason is a general partner of Elite Brothers Disc Golf and a Latitude 64 Soldier, and when he's not overseeing events all across the state (three of them are at Sipapu), he's running Sipapu's weekly disc golf doubles on Thursdays (click here for details) and - well - playing a lot of disc golf. Here's what we discussed:

SIP: When did you start playing disc golf at Sipapu? What do you enjoy about it? hole18

JW: I started playing disc golf at Sipapu in 2007, and the first tournament I ever played was the New Mexico State Doubles Championships (which was - and still is - also at Sipapu). Sipapu soon became my favorite place to play disc golf. The course offers many different shots that require pinpoint control if you want to score low! The other challenges of the course are the step greens on almost every hole.

SIP: Do you have a favorite hole at our resort? Which one is it and why?

JW:
My favorite hole at Sipapu has to be hole 14, it’s the only hole on the course that requires two perfect shots to get a par. That being said, hole 18 (pictured right) is one of the most beautiful holes in the state. Most players can’t resist throwing a second shot. Hole 18, AKA Let it RIPP, is 568 feet of pure downhill fun with huge ponderosa pines lining both sides of the fairway.

SIP: Explain the Sipa roll if people don't know what that is - and why we dread it so much.

JW: The Sipa roll usually happens after a missed putt that literally stands up out of nowhere and takes off down the mountain.

SIP: If there are first-timers reading this, what kind of disc should they look for (or rent from Sipapu)?

JW: For new disc golfers and old, Sipapu has a fantastic selection of golf discs for purchase from Latitude 64, Dynamic Discs, and Westside discs. For all new disc golfers, I recommend they start with the lower speed discs putters and mid-range discs. Sipapu also has many rental discs to choose from.    

SIP: Any other tips for those thinking about trying the sport?

JW: Be ready for all types of weather. The old saying in Northern New Mexico is, if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. Most afternoons - especially in July and August - monsoons will roll in and give the mountain a much-needed drink. On that note, be sure to bring plenty of water: many of the holes at Sipapu's course require a decent uphill hike, and you want to stay hydrafted. Also, at most disc golf courses, you would start on hole #1, but Sipapu is a little different: you start on hole 20. It's located directly across the river from the lodge. Lastly: have fun!

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Jason Weldon is a general partners of Elite Brothers Disc Golf, which was started in 2013. EBDG offers premier disc golf tournaments across New Mexico, including the former Pendaries Fall Classic, former Pendaries Village Open, Rio Pueblo Open (hosted at Sipapu), Sipapu Summer Slam (hosted at Sipapu), and the New Mexico State Doubles Disc Golf Tournament (hosted at Sipapu). For more information about Elite Brothers, visit www.elitebrothersdiscgolf.com




Summertime is Mountain Project Time

For our guests, summer at Sipapu means relaxing vacations, trout fishing, disc golfing and lots of family time - all in the cool Sangre de Cristo mountains (it's 70 degrees today)! For our mountain operations team, summer means primarily one thing: mountain projects, and they are in full swing at our resort. Here's a little behind the scenes look at what's going on:

lift5june2016Lift maintenance: we're currently doing a lot of testing to ensure everything will work as it should when winter returns. Out of nearly every project we're doing, you hear us talking first and foremost about lift maintenance because it takes so much time and it's so critical to our operations. Imagine if you neglected to change the oil in your car - what would happen? Our lifts would experience similar results if we failed to do our lift maintenance, so we're pretty fastidious and diligent about it.

New motor: our new lift, Sipapu's first quad (photographed left), is getting a new 125 horsepower electric motor this summer, and we're preparing for our lift manufacturer to install it. You may wonder why a lift that's less than a year old needs a new motor. The reason is pretty simple: our 100 horsepower motor did just fine last winter, although we anticipate using that lift even more next winter (especially early in the season when we expect to using use Lift #5 to access some of our "first to open" routes), and we want to ensure this lift can handle the added capacity.

Re-vegetation: anytime we move earth (such as last year for our trail widening projects or when we installed our new snowmaking pipeline), we're committed to laying seed and cultivating new growth once the project is completed. rollingrockrevegLet's say you added a new sprinkler system to your front lawn. How would it look if you finished the project only to not do anything with the landscape? Your yard would lose some serious curb appeal. At our ski area, we not only want our mountain looking good, but we want to ensure our trails ski well and avoid erosion. Good re-veg work will assist us in all of these areas (as seen in the picture on the right - this is the new growth on Rolling Rock, and it's looking good).

Preparing for the Howdy Extension Project: if you missed the news (see: $20 Million in Mountain Improvements Since 2015), Sipapu is part of a $10 million multi-mountain capital improvement campaign that will bring mountain improvements to Sipapu, Pajarito, Purgatory and Snowbowl. As part of that campaign, Sipapu will complete the Howdy Extension Project, which will extend both Howdy and Lower Bambi while adding nearly 5 acres of skiable terrain. As part of that same capital campaign, the base area team is remodeling Sipapu's historic lodge; work has started on this project and will be in full swing after the July 4 holiday weekend.

And while we always have a lot going on with these mountain projects, they won't interfere with your family vacation at our resort. We look forward to having you with us!

Snowmaking season is less than 18 weeks away!


Disc Golf Returns to Sipapu

discgolfadventures1The disc golf baskets are in at Sipapu, and we have had already many people playing our course (which was named one of the most scenic courses in the country). For those of you who have visited us before, here are a few changes you'll notice when you check out the course:

* All baskets are in with the exception of #7 (where we are doing additional grading work). Once you complete basket #6, please proceed directly to #8.

* All tee pads are installed with the exception of pads #1 Recreation, #2 Advanced, #5 Advanced and #8 Advanced. We removed these pads last year while we were building our new lift, and we will be doing additional re-vegitation work in these areas over the upcoming months. All of these baskets, however, are open.

Sipapu's disc golf course is FREE for everyone. This popular alpine course includes river crossings, challenging mountain terrain and beautiful wildflower meadows. You can rent a disc in our general store and try a basket or two - or all 20! Click here for more information.

Our mountain is also the proud host to several disc golf events, including:

Weekly disc golf doubles
Date: Every Thursday now through October 6
Time: 5:00-7:00
Cost: $5
This weekly event is popular with both locals and visitors to our area. Enjoy a dinner at the Riverside Cafe after your round!

Rio Pueblo Open
Date: June 25-26, 2016
Cost: SOLD OUT
This annual tournament sold out in approximately 37 minutes! One of the reasons it is so popular is that it includes rounds in three distinctly unique disc golf courses all located just a few minutes from our resort, including Two Gray Hares, Picuris Pueblo and Sipapu. Limited lodging is still available - call 800-587-2240 for details.

Sipapu Summer Slam
Date: July 16-17, 2016
Cost: SOLD OUT
This is a PDGA C-tier event and, like the Rio Pueblo Open, sold out very quickly! Limited lodging is available - call 800-587-2240. Guaranteed $500 Skins match for top 4 pro scores and top advanced score!

New Mexico State Doubles Disc Golf Tournament
Date: September 17-18, 2016
Cost: TBD
Registration has not yet opened for this annual state classic, but we expect it to sell out. Check out the tournament director's website to learn when registration opens, and book your lodging at 800-587-2240.

See you out there!

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Photos courtesy of Disc Golf Adventures

A Parent's Take on the Payment Plan

By Stacey Glaser, Marketing Director

First of all, on behalf of the entire family at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, I want to thank everyone for making the 2015-2016 season a success. I feel like we say this year after year, but it's always worth repeating: you, our guests, make everything we do so rewarding and fun. We are so grateful that you come to our resort, that you bring your familes and friends, that you share your winter days and nights with us. Thank you!

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This is one of my favorite pictures from last winter! To see a few of our favorite guest-submitted pictures from the 2015-2016 season, click here.

And while our last day of operations happened on April 10 (we were the last to close in New Mexcio!), we are still talking about winter - especially with our season pass sale. The 2016-2017 season passes are available for purchase now through April 29, and this is the guaranteed lowest prices of the season. There will never be a better, less expensive time to purchase your season pass than right now.

glaserskiingOur season pass continues to be the best value around, and we've really upped the ante by offering New Mexico's first and only season pass payment plan. We've received a lot of fantastic feedback and questions about this new feature, and I thought I'd take a moment to give you a parent's take on our payment plan. I'm a mom of two little rippers, and I couldn't be more excited and proud to introduce this new feature. Here are a few reasons why:

The Payment Plan Makes the Season Pass Purchase More Affordable. If you're anything like me, spring means saving or shelling out money for spring sports and summer activities, and a season pass purchase for a family of four can be a big expense this time of year. Our new payment plan divides your payment into equal monthly installments. As a parent, I appreciate paying a fraction of my pass price over time as oppososed to all at once.

TIP: All payment plans are charged on the 30th of each month and are paid in full by November 30, 2016. So, if you purchase your pass now, you're looking at eight payments. If you wait until August to purchase your pass, that means four payments. If smaller expenses fit the family budget better, opt for getting the payment plan sooner rather than later!

The Payment Plan Makes Paying a No-Brainer. At any given moment, I'm desperately trying to recall how to add fractions so I can help my daughter with her homework while planning a play date, confirming a work meeting, volunteering to bring snacks to the soccer game and mentally beginning a grocery list. Parents are quintessential mullti-taskers, and we like - no, wholeheartedly embrace - anything that can be done without a ton of brainpower. Good news: the payment plan is an automatic payment. After making your first payment, you don't have to think about it again - we'll take care of it for you.

The Payment Plan Doesn't Cost You Anything. This is a 0% interest payment plan. So, unlike your mortgage or car payment, you are not charged for making payments over time. There are absolutely no hidden fees, either. Whether you pay for the pass in full today or pay for it over the next several months, you pay the exact same amount.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.07.32 AMThe Payment Plan Gives You Summer Access. Two of our season passes offer summer benefits: the Power Pass gives you access to 5 of Purgatory's summer actvities everyday, unlimited scenic chairlift rides at Snowbowl (which will be offered daily this year!) and unlimited mountain bike uplift services at Pajarito (the 2016 summer schedule has just been published!) The New Mexico Pass PLUS offers 50% off mountain bike uplifts at Pajarito. <And, by the way, Sipapu offers FREE casting clinics all summer long - no pass required!> Even if you select the payment plan, you still get access to those summer benefits while you're paying off your pass!

TIP: If you purchase the Power Pass (or find yourself in Durango), be sure to check out Purgatory's alpine slide. This is a family favorite!

Sipapu's founder, Lloyd Bolander, was committed to making skiing affordable for families when he opened his slopes back in 1952. At Sipapu, we've continued that tradition over the years, and while our family of resorts has grown significantly (Sipapu, Pajarito, Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl make up the largest collective in the Southwest), our commitment to making skiing affordable for everyone remains unchanged. The new payment plan is just another example of that commitment!

If you're still trying to determine which pass is for you (we offer several!), be sure to check out our Buyer's Guide to Season Passes.

Also, be sure to take a look at the mountain upgrades happening across our family of resorts this summer! Our company is investing another whopping $10 million into mountain improvements - including a renovated Day Room at Sipapu (demolition on this project begins within the next couple of weeks!)

To purchase your 2016-2017 season pass, click here.

If you have any questions about the payment plan, season passes or anything else, contact us [email protected].