Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will end winter operations Sunday, April 12, and resort officials say they’ll be running the lifts at no charge today and Sunday to celebrate Sipapu’s strongest winter ever.
“This season has been the best in our history,” Sipapu Mountain Manager John Paul Bradley said. “More guests visited us than ever before, so we decided to give away lift tickets as a small token of our appreciation.”
The lifts will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the ski school, full-service rental shop, mountain dining and slopeside lodging will be available. Bradley added that he will announce what trails and lifts will be open later this week. Sipapu is currently reporting at 23” base.
The 2014-2015 winter season was a busy one for northern New Mexico’s oldest ski area. Sipapu’s lifts started turning Nov. 15, which marked the earliest opening in recent Sipapu history and clenched the 12th consecutive time the resort opened before any other ski area in the state. Sipapu extended its daily operations schedule to also offer guests the longest ski and snowboard season in New Mexico, too.
Last week, the resort – in conjunction with its partner ski areas, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Purgatory Resort and Arizona Snowbowl – also unveiled the Power Pass, the only season pass in country that offers unlimited skiing and snowboarding in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. With a combined total of more than 3,000 acres of terrain, 26 lifts, more than 200 trails and 13 terrain parks, the Power Pass offers the most benefits for residents living in New Mexico and the southwest region.
Power Passes are on sale and may be purchased at Sipapu, Pajarito, Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl and their respective websites.
The 2014-2015 winter marked the beginning of a new era for skiing and snowboarding in the Southwest. Sipapu’s managing partner, James Coleman, and his investment group announced they would acquire Pajarito Mountain Ski Area of Los Alamos; Purgatory Resort of Durango, Colo.; and Arizona Snowbowl of Flagstaff, Ariz. last fall to form the largest mountain collective in the Southwest.