Just 20 miles southeast of Taos in the Carson National Forest, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is Northern New Mexico’s oldest ski area, and its legacy is built on an unparalleled commitment to being the most affordable, family-friendly resort in the Rockies. To that end, Sipapu became a joint operator of Pajarito Mountain Ski Area — 70 miles southwest of Taos in Los Alamos — in 2014 and promptly introduced the New Mexico Power Pass, the only season pass in the state to offer unlimited skiing and snowboarding at the two mountains, plus at Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl with no blackout dates. Power Pass holders get three free days of skiing at nearly 20 partner mountains, including the chance to ski for free at Boulder County’s Eldora Mountain Resort. This winter Power Pass goes international — holders ski free at Masella Ski Resort near Barcelona, Spain. Also, the 2016/2017 season passes feature no price increase and a no-interest monthly payment plan.
The unassuming, undeniably old-school ski area with some of the best “tree skiing” in the state, had some work done over the summer including a remodel of the Day Room in Sipapu’s historic lodge, and the creation of five more acres of skiable terrain. The Day Room is Sipapu’s popular meet-up spot in the historic lodge. The original stone fireplace and locally harvested vigas remain intact, but the new layout will improve functionality in the multi-purpose gathering place.
As part of a multi-mountain $10 million capital campaign, Sipapu added five acres of skiable terrain, extending Howdy and Lower Bambi trails. Sipapu’s newest quad lift will service the new terrain. Plus, 3,100 feet of snowmaking pipeline was added on Howdy’s Extension trail, which will provide additional snowmaking on adjacent trails.
Sipapu is known for being a great place for first-time skiers and boarders of all ages to learn and to try something else new and different such as ski biking.
Sipapu clenches the “first to open in New Mexico” title for the 14th consecutive season. Opening day is Nov. 12.
Season Dates: Nov. 12-April
Average Annual Snowfall: 190 in.
Number of Runs: 41 (20 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced, 15 percent expert)
Number of Lifts: 6 (1 quad chair, 2 triple chairs, 2 magic carpets, 1 platter lift)
Base Elevation: 8,200 ft.
Peak Elevation: 9,255 ft.
Vertical Drop: 1,055 ft.
Information: (800) 587-2240, sipapunm.com