We've had a tough day today at Sipapu and want to keep everyone informed on today's fire. Here's the official statement about today's incident:
For those of you who don't know, a fire broke out in one our apartment units earlier this afternoon. Unfortunately the building that houses our bunk rooms and apartments was completely destroyed. At this time, the cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation.
At approximately , smoke was observed coming from the building and was immediately reported to our local fire department, and the Taos and Penasco Fire Departments responded. Two guests were treated and released on site and two other guests were transported to the Holy Cross Hospital.
Our staff is working with all of our guests who were impacted by the fire to find alternate lodging, in addition to replacing any damaged clothing and necessities. The reservations staff will be reaching out to all guests whose reservations are affected to re-book their lodging at Sipapu or area hotels. Mountain operations - including chairlifts, terrain, terrain parks, rentals, ski school and the ticket office - remain in operation and were unaffected. We'll continue normal operations tomorrow at with the Ticket Office and Riverside Cafe open at .
We appreciate your patience during this time.
We made more snow last night! In the last few days we’ve been able to catch up on our snowmaking volume, making snow in all the places we’ve traditionally made it. Currently our crew is focusing our snow guns on Don Diego, Faline under Lift 5, Smart Chicken under Lift 4 and a few “hot spots” underneath Lift 3. Hot spots are places on the mountain that have an eastern exposure, meaning they receive heavy morning sun. We’ve also been able to make snow on Gamble, and have pushed out snow at the bottom of Salt Lick. We’re planning on opening Don Diego (terrain park to come after the holidays), Faline and Smart Chicken over Christmas.
Snowmaking continues as we push to open more terrain before Christmas!
The USSA Southern Seriesheld at Sipapu this past weekend was a huge success! The turnout was terrific—we had 35 racers on the first day and 48 on the second! We were very honored to have the event sponsored by the University of New Mexico Ski Team, who competed here on Sunday. We even had a World Cup racer on the mountain! Seeing those racers take those sharp turns around the gates out there was really inspiring!
USSA racers gearing up ahead of this past weekend’s races
As a reminder, our Power Pass and Power Products sale ends this Friday, December 16! Power Products are multi-day, multi-resort passes that make great stocking stuffers! Stay up to date with our snowmaking coverage via our live webcam, and stay social on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
See you on the mountain!
Sipapu received 2 inches of snow last night, bringing our storm total to 5 inches! More good news: the forecast for tonight and tomorrow is—you guessed it—more snow! We just need about 3 more inches and we can begin track-packing with the snowcat to get our base depth up to a foot!
Working on Loose Caboose today. Photo by Albert Graves.
Speaking of base depth, yesterday we were able to set up 6 snow guns on Badger in an hour and a half. This is huge; normally moving this many guns would take up to 6 hours to set up! The new snowmaking line on Badger helped this process tremendously. We were able to use the system exactly how it was designed to be used—efficiently!
View from across the highway after yesterday's snow! Photo by Albert Graves.
We are also very excited that we were able to get Bambi open last weekend! Now we are focusing our snowmaking efforts on Loose Caboose, pushing our way to the top! We are trying to open Lift 1 by this weekend (fingers crossed!). Our best case scenario for this weekend is to open the top of Sassafras to Loose Caboose, then Midway, Bambi and down to Thumper.
Stay tuned to this blog for snowmaking updates and openings, and follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just as a reminder, Sipapu will be closed this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and will open daily for the season this Friday, December 2.
See you on the mountain!
This Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for, and I would like to take a moment to share the things I am most grateful for this holiday season.
We are thankful for Mother Nature bringing us 4” of fresh snow on Tuesday and more is in the forecast! In addition to natural snow, we are grateful for our state-of-the-art snowmaking machinery that allows us to be the first ski area to open in New Mexico for the 14th year in a row!
2. Howdy Extension
We are thankful for the hard work our mountain operations team has put into getting the Howdy Extension trail ready for this winter. As everyone knows, the Howdy Extension extends the Howdy and Lower Bambi trails, adding 5 skiable acres. The Howdy Extension is our widest run yet, making it perfect for beginners and families.
Howdy Extension covered in snow on November 22.
3. Lodge Remodel
We are thankful to have our Day Room renovation completed and available for guests to enjoy this season! Bruce Bolander, whose family constructed the original lodge, was involved with the remodel. We are humbled by Bruce Bolander’s vision to retain the same charm, ambiance and character of the room while vastly improving its functionality. Also, we are happy that the lodge’s new addition is progressing. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Progress on the lodge addition. PC: Albert Graves.
Last but certainly not least, we are so very grateful for our new and returning guests who help make up the fabric of the Sipapu community. Without you all, and our amazing resort staff, we would not be able to continue to be the most “Family-Friendly, Family-Fun” resort in the Rockies! Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and thanks for skiing Sipapu!
What can I say—I love my job! PC: Albert Graves.