Rev Up for Cardboard Derby


On Saturday March 10, the annual Cardboard Derby returns to Sipapu for its 15th year!

This popular family-fun event challenges both creativity and ingenuity as participants attempt to build the best cardboard snow vessel on the mountain. Oh, and this year we’re raising the bar by offering DOZENS of awesome prizes, including free entry to Purgatory Resort’s Cardboard Derby on March 17!


 Yep—Cardboard Derby is that much fun!

The Rules are Simple

  1. Your vessel can only be made of cardboard, duct tape, string or twine and paint. No wax allowed!
  2. Everyone in your team must remain in your vessel from start to finish
  3. Each Derby vessel may be assigned to one individual or one team only


Cardboard Derby

 The possibilities for creativity are endless!

While the Derby is a blast for participants, it’s also a spectator favorite!

Kids and adults love the thrill of watching teams barrel down the hill in their homemade cardboard vessels. Every year participants get more creative and knowledgeable in crafting their vessels, making it an increasingly fun event to watch.

Tips for building your derby racer:

  • Sled-shaped vessels tend to get the best momentum
  • Duct tape on the bottom of your vessel increases momentum
  • There are different kinds of cardboard ;-)
  • Weight distribution matters. Rear-weighted vessels tend to spin 180 degrees, sending participants down backwards
  • Weight = speed. Adding bodies to your vessel will make it to go faster


Cardboard Derby

 Themed vessels are always a blast to watch.

Need some inspiration? Check out this Derby video. Register in advance. It will save you time on Derby Day!


Cardboard Derby Day Schedule

8:30am—Day-of registration at Sipapu's Base Area. Cost is $10/vessel

9:00am Individual and Team check in. Vessel inspection

10:00am—Mandatory participant meeting at the shoot

10:30am>—15th Annual Cardboard Derby start time

1:00 p.m.—Award Ceremony


Cardboard Derby

All you need is cardboard, duct tape and a little imagination!

For more information, visit our Cardboard Derby page. See you on Derby Day and may the best (and most creative) derby-goer win!

*Please note that 2017/2018 Power Pass holders will not receive two FREE lift tickets for Purgatory Resort.

February 15 Powder Day Photos

We picked up 10" overnight and more snow is on the way today! Plus, four new intermediate trails opened as a result of the new snow: Salt Lick, Beep Beep, Howdy, and Downfall! See our snow report for more details. Here are some of our favorite photos of the mountain covered in snow today!

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Starting Saturday, explore our colossal handmade snow castle, plus log quality family time on the slopes. Santa Fe Brewing hosts a mountain-wide scavenger hunt in search of SFB cans stuffed with prizes. Aprés ski, enjoy beer specials at Riverside Cafe. See All President's Weekend events here.

February Means Fun Fest


Our annual President’s Day Weekend celebration, February Fun Fest, is February 17-19, and we know you and your family will enjoy the FREE festivities.

Parents and kids explore last year’s snow castle.


Sipapu's Snow Castle
Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend is the colossal snow castle, hand built by our winter mountain crew. This colossal structure is a feat in ice and snow architecture, complete with slides, stairs, flags and heaps of nooks and crannies for kids and adults to explore. Each year the castle is different—last year’s castle was 2 stories tall with 5 slides, 4 rooms and more steps than we could count!


Our castle crew is already hard at working building this year’s castle, which will open Saturday, February 17 at 9 a.m., kicking off President's Day Weekend at Sipapu.

Parents and kids explore last year’s snow castle.

There are many stages to building the snow castle. The first is an enormous pile of snow.


Mountain-Wide Treasure Hunt
Our treasure hunt will have you searching the mountain—including the snow castleto find laminated letters that spell CLOWN. If you’re a true sleuth and find them all, you can bring them to ski school in exchange for awesome prizes.


To find out more, visit the February Fun Fest event page. Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for snow castle updates. We’ll see you on the mountain—or in the snow castle—President's Day Weekend!

Lizi the Super Sipapu Search & Rescue Dog


Guests at Sipapu seem to have an extra big smile on their faces lately. And it's not just the super fun time on the slopes. It's the latest addition to Sipapu's friendly staff: Lizi the snow-loving, snowmobile-riding, super-trained search and rescue dog.


Lizi is a nine year old female border collie whoused to do search and rescue in Yosemite National Park. She retains an Area 1 Search Certification through NASAR, the National Association for Search and Rescue. Lizi can search for an individual who is injured, and at the end of the day for someone who is missing and needs to be found.


While working, she frequently rides a snowmobile around the mountain with her handler, Holly Baits, a Patroller at Sipapu. When Lizi finds the injured or missing person, she ping pongs back and forth between the person and Holly until everyone is safely together. Amazingly, Lizi can repel from chair lifts and even from helicopters in backcountry search and rescue situations.


Lizi performs a weekly training routine, and has a favorite toy—a fire hose bumper that she gets exclusively during search and rescue efforts. When Lizi is with a Patroller, feel free to approach her. You are welcome to talk to her and pet her. Lizi is very friendly, and we are very happy and fortunate to have her as part of our Ski Patrol team.