A Record-Breaking Day

I want to thank everyone who joined us on the mountain today. We had all 5 lifts and 30 trails open – the most terrain we’ve ever opened in any November – and today, November 28, 2014, we saw record-breaking attendance. Not just for November: this was the single-biggest day in our resort’s 63-year history.

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This is what our mountain looked like on Thanksgiving Day. We were a little busier today.

I talked to many of you in the lift line today. The lines were long at times, but we all agreed: ours was the best lift line in New Mexico.

Sipapu prides itself on its lack of lift lines, but there are a handful of times – like today, and possibly again tomorrow – when we’re busy. Here are my best suggestions for avoiding Sipapu’s lines:

Come early. Our ticket office and ski school desk open at 8:00, and you can beat the crowds (not to mention increase your chances of snagging the first chair) by arriving shortly after these doors open. I suggest getting your tickets, rentals and ski school lessons early and then enjoying a breakfast burrito while you wait for the lifts to start turning.

Plan ahead. If you know exactly what lift tickets, what lessons, what rentals you need, we’ll zip you through the line much faster.

Pack a lunch. We always want our guests to visit the Riverside Café for a meal, although on busy days like today, it might be the perfect time to brown-bag it.

If you just want a SipaBurger, come early. Our restaurant is the busiest starting around 12:30. If you can grab an early (or late) lunch at the Riverside Café, you’ll spend more time on the mountain and less time in a restaurant line.

A few ways we’re adjusting our operations for crowds: In addition to bringing more staff on these busier days, we will also add additional parking starting tomorrow. We’re also in the process of getting lift scanners, which means that soon our passholders will skip the ticket window and go straight to the lifts. We’re also building yurts for our base area to provide additional seating (for those of you who don’t know, a fire last summer wiped out our patio restaurant, Paradise, as well as part of our Day Room. We are making these yurts available while we determine how to overhaul our base area.)

Know that our staff is working hard on these days to move you through the line quickly. When you see them tomorrow – or the next time you’re at our mountain – be sure to tell them thanks. A lot of them were bumping lifts, slinging drinks, printing lift tickets and fitting rentals while their families and friends were sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal yesterday. We are grateful for our hard-working staff and know you are, too.

We will continue to operate all five lifts this weekend, and we will keep our 30 trails open – and maybe even a couple more. Thanks again for being a part of this historic day!

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At the top of Lift #1. Photographed November 27, 2014.