The lifts at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort in northern New Mexico will begin turning next Saturday, marking the earliest opening in the resort’s more than 60-year history. George Brooks, the executive director of Ski New Mexico, said Red River Ski Area is expected to open Nov. 27, followed by Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe and Ski Apache on Nov. 28. In early October, a strong storm brought wind, rain and high-elevation snow to New Mexico. Cold temperatures followed a few days later, with more snow for the mountains in the northern and central parts of the state.
Sipapu offers the best lift ticket prices during early season: beginning opening day, November 16, through December 12, 2013, you can take advantage of their early season lift ticket rates:
Teens (age 13-20): $15
Children (age 7-12): $15
Seniors (age 60-69): $15
Click here to view their December Deal Week rates – all tickets are still on sale in December!
Please check our snow report for days of operation.
Don’t forget: 4th & 5th graders (report card required), guests ages 6 and younger, 40-year-olds, 60-year-olds and seniors 70 and better get FREE lift tickets everyday at Sipapu!
For more information, call 800-587-2240.
Snowmaking above Lift #1
View from the ski patrol shack, just above Lift #1
Isa, Sipapu snowmaker and terrain park manager
SKI APACHE WILL OPEN ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012 WITH BEGINNER CHAIRLIFTS 3 AND 5 OPERATING!
Ski Apache, the United States’ southernmost ski area known for epic warm-weather skiing and unbelievable views of the surrounding Lincoln National Forest, returns for its 51st year on Sierra Blanca with three new lifts scheduled to open during the 2012 /2013 ski season. The new season boasts a brand new Doppelmayr Gondola. Home to the first and only passenger gondola in the state of New Mexico, the new eight-passenger Gondola will climb 1,646 feet to the mountain’s peak in just eight minutes, almost twice as fast as its predecessor. The 2012-2013 ski season is scheduled to open on Friday, December 7, and season passes are on sale now.
The new gondola will carry nearly 2,000 skiers and snowboarders up the ski resort per hour, and two new Doppelmayr chair lifts, one triple and one quad, will help Ski Apache achieve the highest lift capacity in the state with another 3,600 guests ascending the mountain per hour. Combined with its already immense snowmaking capabilities and an annual snowfall over 180 inches, Ski Apache is prepared to serve up another memorable winter to visitors from throughout the region. “We are happy to invest in something that has proven such a valuable asset not just to the tribe but to the surrounding communities as well, particularly considering the effects on the region from the Little Bear Fire,” said The President of the Mescalero Apache Tribe Frederick Chino Sr.
“During the 2011-2012 season, more than 130,000 people visited Ski Apache, and we look forward to seeing that number continue to climb with the addition of these new lifts. Not only do they expand our capacity for winter visitors but the new Gondola also enhances our summer recreation offerings with mountain biking and hiking. This considerable enhancement allows us to attract visitors to the area throughout the year. The Tribe recognizes the economic impact Ski Apache has on our neighbors and we are happy to make the investment to continue to grow our local economy.”
For more details on the Ski Apache season update, click here!