Cool temperatures at night and early season snow (including 8” for the month of October) allowed Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, NM to open the mountain yesterday, 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 opened Lift 5 on a 12” base from 9 am to 4 pm with access to one of the resort’s popular runs, Thumper. Sipapu’s rental shop and limited food services at the Riverside Cafe were available. Ski school will open in November.
Following the Thursday opening, Sipapu will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm through December 13 when the resort will open for daily operations.
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.