Sipapu Kicks Off Ski Season Nov. 16

Snow at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort


SKI News:


VADITO — Because of Sipapu Ski Resort’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system, combined with the help of Mother Nature, Sipapu will open Friday, Nov. 16, earlier than scheduled. 


This will be the 16th consecutive year that Sipapu is the first ski area in New Mexico to open for the season.


“Sipapu was able to bump up its opening day to Nov. 16 due to the recent snowfall, plus cold temperatures and extremely productive snowmaking efforts,” said John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu Ski Resort. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the overnight lows have proven to be colder than initially forecast, and I’m impressed with the product Sipapu’s team has been able to produce.”

On opening day, Lift 5 will be open from 9am to 4pm, serving the intermediate trail, Thumper, plus a terrain park feature. Saturday, Nov. 17, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. representatives will be on the mountain, handing out giveaways and serving up samples to guests ages 21 and older.  


“We’re excited to kick off ski season earlier than anticipated,” Bradley said. “Sipapu’s looking forward to a fantastic winter ski season!”


Sipapu will be open for 10 days during Thanksgiving week through Sunday, Nov. 25. The resort will then temporarily suspend operations Monday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, Nov. 29 to allow its snowmaking and grooming team to operate at maximum capacity throughout the week. Sipapu will begin daily operations Friday, Nov. 30.   

New this season! Every child ages 10 and younger receives a FREE Power Kids Season Pass, which provides unlimited, direct-to-lift access with no blackout dates to Sipapu, Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Arizona Snowbowl, and Hesperus Ski Area. Sipapu also offers a free season pass for those in fifth grade, which includes unlimited access to Sipapu, Pajarito, and Hesperus Ski Area near Durango.


FREE Skiing


Guests 5th grade and younger, 40, 60 and 70+ years old ski free every day of the season. Active duty military members ski free nearly every day of the season.


Other Specials


Sipapu offers free lodging in Sipapu’s slopeside units with the purchase of a full day, full price lift ticket. Free lodging is also available at the Super 8 Las Vegas, NM, and the Pendaries Village Resort located 30 minutes from Las Vegas, NM with a purchase of two $47 lift tickets. For information, visit


Guests may start booking their winter vacations, including reservations for the three new Riverside Cabins at Sipapu. For details, visit

Kids’ Programs


This year, kids ages 5 to 10 can spend Saturdays working on their skiing or riding skills with the Sipapu Yeti Club. The Yeti Club is a fun-filled, full-day camp featuring ski and snowboard instruction by Sipapu Ski School instructors and it includes lunch. The first session is on Saturdays, Jan. 26 through Feb. 16, and the second session is the week of Mar. 4 through Mar. 8.


For more information on terrain and conditions, visit the online snow report at

About Sipapu Ski Resort


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 fun for 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, six lifts and three terrain parks. On-site amenities include slope-side lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and the mountain restaurant, the Riverside Cafe. Visit our website at: Follow us on and

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