FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 9, 2014
Stacey Glaser | Stacey@SipapuNM.com | 505-414-1550
Sipapu, Los Alamos County and Pajarito Announce Landmark Collaboration,
Introduce New Mexico’s Most Powerful Season Pass
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Pajarito Mountain Ski Area announced today that Los Alamos County and the management group that operates Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will operate the Los Alamos-based ski area for the 2014-2015 winter season. County and Sipapu officials say ensuring the future of skiing at Pajarito – and especially securing water for snowmaking purposes – is their first priority.
As part of the team’s commitment to skiing and snowboarding at the Los Alamos-based ski area, resort officials also announced that Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will offer guests unlimited access to both mountains this winter along with the opportunity to receive free lift tickets at more than 20 other resorts in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country on one season pass: the New Mexico Power Pass.
The New Mexico Power Pass is available for adults for $299 now through August 3. Students ages 13 to 20, college and graduate students and seniors ages 60-69 may purchase the New Mexico Power Pass for $199 and children passes are available for $179. Additional season pass products are available for as low as $149. Passes are available for purchase online at thepowerpass.com, skipajarito.com and sipapunm.com, and at the lift ticket offices for both ski areas.
"We are excited to bring the vision we began at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area while continuing the legacy that the Los Alamos Ski Club established decades ago," said James Coleman, Sipapu’s co-managing partner. "Our vision is simple: to offer a consistent ski and snowboard season and make it affordable for everyone. Today’s roll-out of the New Mexico Power Pass is just part of our commitment to achieve that vision.”
First organized in 1943, the Los Alamos Ski Club has operated Pajarito for over seven decades, and in May a majority of voting members approved to transfer the ski area to Los Alamos County and the management group that operates Sipapu.
The Sipapu Group has been working with the Los Alamos Ski Club and the County to improve Pajarito’s snowmaking infrastructure in order to ensure a full operating season – one that includes daily operations (historically Pajarito’s lifts turn Fridays through Sundays when there is sufficient snowfall). Coleman projects Pajarito will open around Thanksgiving this year, with daily operations beginning just before Christmas and lasting through the end of March, and weekend operations next April as conditions permit.
Located 70 miles east of Pajarito, Sipapu is the state’s fastest growing ski area and northern New Mexico’s oldest resort. Known for offering the state’s longest ski and snowboard season, Sipapu has been the first ski area to open in New Mexico for more than a decade, and the last ski area to close for 11 of the last 12 seasons. Last winter, Sipapu opened on November 16 and closed April 13 – one of the ski area’s longest ski seasons on record – after picking up just over 85 inches of snow for the season, one of the worst snow years in its 62-year history.
In addition to investing in water and snowmaking, Sipapu is working on plans to enhance both the winter and summer on-mountain experience through trail, lift, terrain park, tree skiing, and mountain biking trail expansions and improvements.
Sipapu officials are continuing to communicate these changes on an ongoing basis via a blog on the Pajarito website at pajaritoblog.com.
Skiing in the Pajarito area dates at least to the 1930s. Today, the area has six lifts — a quad, a triple, three doubles and one rope tow — 40 trails on 751 acres and a peak elevation of 10,440 feet.
About Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
Pajarito Mountain is where performance skiers come for miles of mogul runs and a laid back atmosphere. Located at the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains in Northern New Mexico, 5 miles west of Los Alamos and just 90 minutes from Albuquerque and 45 minutes from Santa Fe. Pajarito hosts spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Privately owned by the Los Alamos Ski Club and developed in the late 1950s, Pajarito now enjoys 40 named trails and has some of the best bump skiing in the state with a fully operational ski school, Café, and ski rental facility as well as a large volunteer ski patrol. Pajarito Mountain is home to an extensive mountain biking trail system with lift served access and hosts several New Mexico Brewers Festivals throughout the summer. For more information, visit SkiPajarito.com.
About Los Alamos County
Los Alamos is located on the Pajarito Plateau, in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Home of Los Alamos National Laboratory, it is a small community (pop. 18,000) that possesses a world-wide reputation for scientific and technological development. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound, with plenty of hiking and biking trails, skiing, and easy access to national attractions such as the nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument. Los Alamos is surrounded by National Forest, National Park, Pueblo, and other Federal lands. The County Council is the governing body with seven members.
About Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is New Mexico’s fastest growing ski resort. Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu offers family-friendly, family fun to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Family-owned and operated since 1952, Sipapu is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. The resort is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, and features over 40 trails, five lifts and two terrain parks. On-site amenities include slope-side lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and gourmet home cooking at the Riverside Café and Sipapu’s newest restaurant, Paradise Bar & Grill. For more information, visit SipapuNM.com.