FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2011
Media Contact: Stacey Glaser, Marketing Director
(800) 587-2240, [email protected]

Sipapu to Host Big Events and Expand Hours

VADITO, NM - Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will roll out some of its best entertainment and events of the season – while giving skiers and snowboarders even more time on the slopes – in March.

Every weekend, the resort will feature a free and family-friendly event, said Stacey Glaser, marketing director.

“Spring is one of the very best times to visit Sipapu,” she said. “We expect to once again be the last resort to close in New Mexico, and from now until the end of our season, we’re packing our weekends full of events the whole family will enjoy.”

Closing date is tentatively scheduled for April 10, 2011 (weather and conditions permitting). Sipapu has been the last resort to close in the state for the previous five years.

Glaser added that with the resort expecting another fantastic spring season, officials have decided to extend operating hours during peak times:


Hours of Operation

March 1-12, 2011

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

March 13-20, 2011

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

March 21-25, 2011

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 26-27

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Here is what guests can expect in March:

Ski Bike Demo Days (FREE)

On March 5-6, Sipapu will host its third and final Ski Bike Demo Days of the season. The weekend will include free ski bike demos and guided tours. On Sunday, event sponsor SkiBikeFun will give away one new ski bike (everyone who participates in the demo will be automatically entered to win.)

Black Diamond Telefest (FREE)

Sipapu will kick off Spring Break March 12-13 with Sipapu’s annual telemark festival, Black Diamond Telefest. The event will include limited demos from K2 and Black Diamond, free clinics, guided tours and the premiere of TeleVision – the latest backcountry telemark film. All events are free and open to everyone.

Freeheel Fray: A Telemark Race (FREE)

Telefest will also include Sipapu’s second annual Freeheel Fray, a skin-up, ski down race that will take place after the lifts close on March 12. While this event is part of Sipapu’s telemark festival, AT, split boards and snow shoes are all welcome for the race. Black Diamond prizes will be awarded, including a new pair of Aspect skis.


March 12-19, Sipapu will feature a different brewer nearly every night for the first annual MICRO BREW-SKI WEEK. Local, regional and national microbreweries will be on the patio from 3:30-6:00 p.m. everyday with beer specials, tastings and giveaways. Root beer specials will be available for kids as well.

Cardboard Derby (FREE)

Sipapu will host its signature event, the Cardboard Derby, on Saturday, March 19. During this creative – and hilarious –event, participants showcase cardboard derbies (made of cardboard, duct tape, string or twine and paint only) and race them down the mountain for their chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes.

Moonlight Hike (FREE)

Sipapu will offer a free guided tour of the mountain by moonlight on Saturday, March 19. Once the group reaches mid-mountain, everyone will catch their breath with hot chocolate next to a roaring campfire.

Pond Skimming Contest (FREE)

Every year, mountain crews create a 70-80 foot “lake” at the base area and fill it with river water. The bravest skiers and snowboarders then test their balancing skills by attempting to “skim” across the man-made lake. Extra points are awarded for style and costumes.

For a full calendar of events or for additional information, click here.

Sipapu is open everyday for the 2010-2011 season; from now through March 12, lifts operate daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lift ticket rates are $39 for adults (ages 21-59), and $34 for teens (ages 13-20), and $29 for kids (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 60-69). Fourth graders, kids ages six and younger, guests who are 40 years old, and seniors 70 or better ski and snowboard free everyday at Sipapu.




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.


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