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Sipapu Closes New Mexico's Ski Season

Resort Will Not Open April 14-15

VADITO, NM -The second-most snow in the United States has proven to be no match against the sunny, warm temperatures at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort this week, and resort officials have decided to end ski operations for the 2011-2012 winter season.


Last Tuesday, a providential spring storm blanketed the resort in nearly a foot and a half of powder (the second-most in the country that day), which allowed Sipapu to re-open for daily operations through last Sunday. The resort was scheduled to turn the lifts again this Saturday and Sunday, but consistently warm temperatures and a fast-melting snow pack prompted the resort to call an end to the season, said John Paul Bradley, Sipapu’s general manager.


“This season has been fantastic, and we are always a little disappointed to see winter come to an end,” he said. “That being said, we are committed to delivering a quality product to all of our guests, and after examining our slopes and every possible scenario, we decided it was in the best interest of everyone to end our season a little early.”


Bradley added that with the unexpected re-opening last week, the resort actually opened two days more over last winter.


For nearly a decade, Sipapu has been the first resort to open in New Mexico, and it is historically the last ski resort to close in the state. This year, Sipapu shares the “last to close” title with Taos Ski Valley, which ended its operations last Sunday.


Mountain crews will soon begin preparing the mountain for summer operations; Sipapu’s world-class disc golf course is scheduled to open at the end of April, and fishing licenses are available for purchase at Sipapu’s general store. For more information about upcoming events or summertime lodging, please visit

For more information, call 800-587-2240 or visit Sipapu’s website at


About Sipapu

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 Paradise Riverside Bar & Grill.

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