Sipapu Opens Nov. 16

November 9, 2018 | By: Monica Christofferson

The First Ski Area in New Mexico Opens Early for the Season.

Sipapu Kicks Off Ski Season Next Friday!

Because of Sipapu Ski Resort’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system, combined with the help of Mother Nature, Sipapu will open on 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,”   stated 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. On 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,” stated Bradley.  “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 on 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.

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