DURANGO, Colo. ― Ski Season is right around the corner! Today marks 100 days until the kick off of ski season for both Purgatory Resort and Sipapu Ski Resort, which open for the 2018/2019 season Saturday, Nov. 17.
El Nino is forecast for the 2018/2019 season, which means more powder days! The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is currently predicting El Nino conditions for this winter, which tend to produce greater than average snowfall across the southern Rockies, benefiting southern Colorado and New Mexico.
Sipapu Ski Resort
For the past 16 years, Sipapu has been the first resort in New Mexico to open for ski season. On opening day, Sipapu will feature Sierra Nevada with prize baskets for the first skiers in lift line and beer samples and other giveaways for guests 21 and over. Sipapu also starts its Saturday open mic nights, plus other events.
“The whole team at Sipapu is excited for ski season and welcoming our guests for the Thanksgiving week,” stated John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu Ski Resort. “Our crews are currently getting our mountain ready for winter. We’re busy with lift, trail and snowcat maintenance. We’re ready to get our snow guns in place in our quest to once again be the first resort to open in New Mexico.”
Guests can start booking their winter vacations, including reservations for the three new Riverside Cabins at Sipapu. For details, visit SipapuNM.com.
Sipapu offers a free season pass for those in fifth grade and younger, which includes unlimited access to Pajarito, Sipapu, and Hesperus Ski Area near Durango. Sipapu offers family-friendly events, like February Fun Fest, plus a week-long kids’ day camp, the Yeti Club in March.
With Purgatory opening just before Thanksgiving Day, guests can enjoy a Thanksgiving celebration, complete with buffet dinner, or have dinner delivered directly to your room for a nice, intimate family meal.
“We can’t wait for the first snowflakes to fall at Purgatory, and our crews are already prepping the mountain for Nov. 17th,” stated Elizabeth Howe, general manager at Purgatory Resort. “We’re looking forward to a fantastic ski season, and can’t wait to be back on the snow with our guests.”
Purgatory is offering great deals when booked by Sept. 13. Enjoy a winter escape for only $50 down and save 30 percent on lodging. With Purgatory opening the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, guests can enjoy a holiday celebration, complete with buffet dinner, or have dinner delivered directly to the room for a nice, intimate family meal. Visit PurgatoryResort.com for more details on lodging.
Purgatory offers many ways for kids to enjoy the mountain, including the Animas City Adventure Park, Kids’ Ski & Snowboarding lessons, Tubing Hill, and annual events like the Cardboard Derby, and more.
More Resorts Opening Soon!
Other ski areas in the collective owned and managed by Mountain Capital Partners are opening in November. Arizona Snowbowl opens Nov. 16, and Pajarito Mountain opens Nov. 23. Hesperus Ski Area and Nordic Valley Ski Resort will announce opening days at a later time. Mountain Capital Partners, the Southwest’s largest ski area collective, has invested a grand total of $40 million over four consecutive seasons to make improvements to the guest experience, enhancements to the mountains, and to provide something new and exciting for locals and visitors alike.