SKI NM is open for the 2019-20 Season!

October 31, 2019 | By: Monica Christofferson

Sipapu Announces Earliest Opening Day in Resort History

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is opening Thursday, October 31 for its earliest opening day ever.

Cool temperatures at night and early season snow (including 8” for the month of October) allowed the resort to open the mountain more than three weeks ahead of schedule. The Halloween opening marks the first time Sipapu has opened for skiing and snowboarding in the month of October and the 17th consecutive time it has been the first resort open in New Mexico.
“We’ve had November 22 in our sights for some time,” said John Paul Bradley, Sipapu’s general manager, speaking of the resort’s original opening date. “But between the cold temperatures and the bonus snowfall, this crew was inspired to make history.” Sipapu will open Lift 5 on a 12” base from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday with access to one ofthe resort’s popular runs, Thumper. Sipapu’s rental shop and limited food services at the Riverside Cafe will be available – ski school will open in November.

Following the Thursday opening, Sipapu will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 13 when the resort will open for daily operations. Lift ticket prices will be $35 for adults (ages 18-59) and $30 for youth (ages 11-17) and seniors (ages 60-69) at the window. A limited number of $29 lift tickets will be available online up to 24 hours in advance. Guests 70 and older receive a free lift ticket everyday and kids 10 and  younger receive a FREE Power Kids pass – a season pass that’s valid everyday at Sipapu, Pajarito Ski Area, Purgatory Resort, Hesperus Ski Area, Arizona Snowbowl, Nordic Valley Ski Area and Spider Mountain Bike Park. After nearly two decades of claiming the title of “first to open,” Sipapu prides itself on its early season conditions while being the mountain where New Mexico skiers and snowboarders make their first turns. With the Halloween opening, Sipapu will be one of just seven resorts open in the country.

New This Season

New for the 2019/20 Season, Sipapu will introduce Camp Bigfoot, a new progressive learn to ski or ride program for children and youth, ages 5 to 12. This 4-session skiing and snowboarding program provides the best introduction to snow sliding, progressive skill development and sparking a passion for snowsports and the mountains in a fun environment. Sipapu will continue to offer affordable lift tickets, events and special promotions (including the guest-favorite Free Lodging Days) throughout the season. For more information, please visit or contact Ian McPherson at

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