Pajarito And Sipapu Announce Earliest Opening Dates In Recent History

Riding the lift last season at Pajarito. Courtesy photo


  • More Choices With New Discounted Lift Ticket Products Available This Fall

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Pajarito Mountain Ski Area officials have announced the earliest opening dates in the resorts’ recent histories.

The lifts at Sipapu will start turning Saturday, Nov. 14 as the resort prepares to be the first ski area to open in New Mexico. Pajarito kicks off the ski season earlier this year with lifts scheduled to start turning Friday, Nov. 27.   

Located 20 miles southeast of Taos and known for offering the longest season in the state, Sipapu is gunning to be the first ski area open in New Mexico for the 13th consecutive time. The Nov. 14 opening would be the earliest opening in recent resort history.

Sixty miles west of Sipapu and less than an hour from Santa Fe, Pajarito’s “White Friday” opening comes on the heels of the news that it has nearly filled its snowmaking pond (which holds water for future snowmaking) to capacity.

“Between the improvements happening at each resort and a strong El Nino in the forecast, our teams are excited to kick off the ski season as quickly as possible,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Sipapu and Pajarito.

Earlier this year, Coleman announced a $10 million multi-resort capital campaign that will bring new lifts, trails and snowmaking infrastructure to Coleman’s collection of southwest ski resorts, including Sipapu, Pajarito, Purgatory Resort of Durango, Colo., and Arizona Snowbowl of Flagstaff, Ariz.

Resort officials also announced new multi-day pass products that will be available for purchase at regional sales events this fall. Priced at $50, the Power Card offers a free day of skiing at the card holder’s choice of resorts plus 5 days of discounted lift tickets at each resort: Purgatory, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu and Pajarito.

Also new this season, the Power Pack, as low as $129, offers up to six days at Pajarito or Sipapu, or three days at Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl, or the Power Pack may be used in a combination of ways at the various four resorts. Starting at $199, the Power Pack Plus offers up to 10 days at Pajarito or Sipapu, or five days at Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl, or a combination at all resorts. Special pricing is available for adults, kids ages 17 and under, and college students. 

“The new Power Card and Power Packs offer skiers and snowboarders the freedom to choose from a variety of ski resorts in the Southwest,” Coleman said. “They can ski their home mountain or explore new resorts all within a convenient drive of one another.”

The Power Pack and Power Card may be purchased at the Sport Systems Ski Show Oct. 2-4, as well as other regional ski shows this fall.  For a full list of ski show, please click here.

New for 2015-2016
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort

As part of Coleman’s $10 million multi-resort capital campaign, Sipapu is installing its first new quad chairlift, which is the third lift the resort has installed in less than five years. The new quad services popular beginner and intermediate trails, giving beginners an easier way to practice their skills before progressing to more advanced terrain. In addition to the new quad, a new trail is being added directly under the lift, and mountain crews will also complete the much-anticipated Howdy Extension for the 2015-2016 winter, extending both Howdy and Lower Bambi while adding nearly 5 acres of skiable terrain. New snowmaking infrastructure is being added for Sipapu’s staple “first to open, last to close” trails, including a new snow gun and a second booster pump at Midway, allowing the mountain team to cover its slopes with more snow in less time.

Last week, towers and cross arms for the new quad were installed via helicopter. The new lift will be open to skiers and snowboarders in 2015. Images and videos are available here.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

This year, Pajarito Mountain expanded its water collection system and the Los Alamos ski area has accumulated more water than it has ever before, which means mountain crews will be making more snow than ever before. The Los Alamos ski area is also building a new trail on the west side of the mountain, providing a gentle slope that’s ideal for beginners.

Arizona Snowbowl officials announced their opening day of Friday, Nov. 20 and Purgatory Resort kicks off its 50th anniversary season on Saturday, Nov. 21.

James Coleman is managing partner of four ski areas, including Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Purgatory Resort, and Arizona Snowbowl, totaling more than 3,000 acres of terrain, 28 lifts, more than 200 trails and 13 terrain parks. A massive $10 million multi-resort capital campaign was recently announced providing significant mountain improvements, including new lifts, more trails, and additional snowmaking infrastructure across the four southwest resorts for the 2015/2016 ski and snowboard season.  For details, visit

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