Sipapu Ski Area

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Sipapu Ski Area
New Mexico
United States
Phone: 505 587-2240

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About the Ski Resort

Sipapu Ski Area is nestled in the Pecos Wilderness and the Carson National Forest along the banks of the Rio Pueblo in northern New Mexico, in town called Vadito.

Sipapu has been family-owned and operated since 1952, which may help
explain this modest area's commitment to families. From lodging to terrain
everything seems designed both to please a family and help protect the
family budget.

With 32 runs, a vertical drop of 1055 feet, average snowfall
of 170", and a snowmaking system that covers 70 % of Sipapu's 200 acres,
visitors from nearby Taos and other towns can be assured of good conditions.

There's plenty of diversity in the terrain. You'll find tree-skiing and a
couple of terrain parks, some long cruising trails, a couple of more
difficult shots, and excellent learning and beginner terrain. Base
facilities include a lodge, snack bar, restaurant, rentals, a gift shop, a
gas station and groceries. Accommodations range from a dorm to family-style
cabins, as well as suites, duplexes, and apartments in the lodge. There's
also an RV park. Upstairs in the lodge is the Sipapu Grill.

Santa Fe, N.M., or Taos, N.M., are a comfortable, scenic drive from Sipapu. The ski area is conveniently located on Highway 518, just 22 miles from Taos, N.M., 65 miles from Santa Fe, N.M., and 55 miles from Las Vegas.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Cross country: 3 km
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  20 %

 More Difficult:  50 %

 Most Difficult:  30 %

 Experts only:  --

Not rated

Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  8,200 ft
Summit elevation:  9,255 ft
Vertical drop:  1,055 ft
Skiable area:  70 acres
Annual snowfall:  130 in
Snowmaking:  70 %
Number of trails:  31
Number of lifts:  4
Types of lifts:  2 Poma Lifts,
 2 Triple Chair

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  Yes
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

Ski Resort Maps (click on maps to enlarge)

Sipapu Ski Area map

Ski Resort directions

Ski Rio is 48 miles north of Taos, New Mexico, via Highway 522 and State Road 196. Cuchara is 29 miles southwest of Walsenburg, Colorado, and Interstate 25 via U.S. 160 and State Highway 12. The resorts are only a short 90-minute drive apart.