Mountain update: Our snowmaking efforts have paid off! We just opened Don Diego, Smart Chicken and Lift 4! This means that all lifts are now open at Sipapu! To check our current mountain conditions, visit our Snow Report. Stay social by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—we love to hear from you and see your photos! Speaking of photos, here are a few we snapped this morning:
No lift lines! Photo: Albert Graves
Our very snowy lodge. Photo: Albert Graves.
Our hard work has paid off—all lifts are open!
We have to thank Mother Nature—she really helped us out! Photo: Albert Graves.
The Dec.16 fire that broke at Sipapu and ultimately destroyed eight lodging units is still under investigation by local authorities. This lodge housed a lot of history—it was where the original Bolander kids grew up. Though we are very sad to see the lodge destroyed, we are incredibly grateful to the Peñasco, Dixon, Ojo Sarco, Mora and Taos fire departments and personnel who responded to the incident so professionally. We are lucky to be part of such a caring community!
While the lift lines are still short at Sipapu, this is our busiest time of year, so please allow a few extra minutes getting on the lift. Also, if you are renting gear, please consider renting in Taos, Santa Fe or Albuquerque so you can maximize your time on the slopes!
Thanks and see you on the mountain!
Our most recent storm brought us 4 more inches of snow! On top of that, Sipapu is forecasted to have a White Christmas this year! In addition to the snow Mother Nature has gifted us, colder temperatures have allowed us to run snow guns on Smart Chicken over the last few days, and we plan on having it ready for turns within the next week! Click here to see our full Snow Report, and be sure to subscribe to receive daily email updates.
The early bird catches the worm—and the untracked powder!
Lift 3 opened on Friday, Faline opened 3 days ago and is skiing great. We’ve also been able to push out snow piles on Don Diego. Our plan is to have Lift 4 and all beginner and intermediate terrain open by December 28.
My office view from the top of Lift 1.
Sipapu’s annual Christmas Eve Party is TONIGHT—we hope to see you all there! This party is an old Sipapu tradition and always promises to be a great time for the whole family. We’ll have our full dinner menu available to order from, as well as a free New Mexican-inspired stew. An art project will be available for the little ones, and the open mic event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! No reservations are necessary. The party will take place in the Riverside Cafe in our historic Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to learn more about our Christmas Eve Party.
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!