Highway 518, Vadito , NM (Driving Directions to Sipapu)
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Sipapu Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 7 Beginner
  • 15 Intermediate
  • 12 Advanced
  • 4 Expert
Family owned and operated since its beginning in 1952, Sipapu is proud to be a small, family oriented ski and summer resort in an intimate setting offering modest prices. Nestled in the Sangre de Christo Mountains along the Rio Pueblo, Sipapu is surrounded by the Pecos Wilderness and the Carson National Forest. With facilities for groups of 2 to 260 ... we are able to graciously host your corporate gathering, retreat, family reunion or wedding.

22 scenic miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico, Sipapu offers short lift lines and varied terrain for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Sipapu offers private and group snowboarding and skiing lessons for both adults and children.

In the summer, our ski mountain is transformed into Sipapu Disc Golf Course which has been written up as "one of the top 5 scenic courses in the country, if not the world."

During the summer and fall, there is an abundance of activities at or near the resort including fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, rafting, and rock climbing along with motorcycle rallies and Arts & Crafts fairs. A myriad of informational and instructive workshops, ranging from the art of painting to the art of fly-fishing, are held at the lodge throughout the summer.

In late Fall the shadows of the sun start to lengthen and the aspen leaves start turning gold. It's time to enjoy the warm afternoons of another Sipapu Indian Summer, when the pace slows and the forest is at its peak of serenity.

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Sipapu Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Sipapu Operations


Plan to Open 11/12

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 5

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 41

Weekend Hours


Sipapu Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

8,200 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,055 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

9,255 ft

Sipapu Ski Pictures and Photos

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Sipapu Trail Map

Sipapu Reviews & Tips (9)

I have been going sipapu since I was a little boy I really do enjoy it.The lines aren't huge and even though the trails might be a little short you definetley still get your daily workout!! I personally love the half pipe unfortunately it is not open yet for the 2015/2016 season!! I would recommend sipapu for any advanced skier or snowboarder they have nice blacks and even for beginners nice jeep trails. The employees there are so nice and so are the other skiers and snowboarders!!!
Sipapu review written Jan 11 2016 - 08:39 PM
Brandon Vigil Advanced Snowboarder
We've been going to Sipapu for four years now. We spend every Thanksgiving there and usually make it back for another long weekend in late Feb. or early March. We just returned from our latest trip on Mar. 2, 2015. Sipapu is a great place depending on your needs and expectations. Personally, we like a small mountain with friendly staff, low rates and no lines. And, that's exactly what Sipapu offers. We go to unplug (literally) for a weekend. No Internet or TV (except in the lodge) and basically no cell service. The rooms are clean and have recently been undated. You can take 30 minutes and drive into Taos for shopping and dining if you want. You never wait longer than a minute or two for the lift and the runs are often pretty empty. We love that it is impossible to get lost from your group. Best suited for beginner and intermediate skiers. My wife learned to ski here and our son learned to snowboard here. There are bigger mountains with more amenities - but those are not for our family and they cost a lot more. This was our first time to use Liftopia (at a friend's suggestion) and it was a great savings. We saved $140 over the regular price. Will definitely look for lift tickets here in the future.
Sipapu review written Mar 02 2015 - 02:41 PM
Oklahoma Native Intermediate Skier
We - beginner - spent 4 nights at Bunk room of Sipapu and skied 3 full days with kids. Our first ski life has started here in Sipapu since last Christmas season (4days). Not that far from Oklahoma, about 9 hours drive which I am willing to do. Affordable family-oriented price, lots promotion events, and friendly staff - Moses and Thomas..... all the other staff. I love their friendly smiles. I definitely recommend this place.
Sipapu review written Feb 10 2015 - 07:25 AM
Seungryong Beginner Skier
Sipapu is a hidden gem!! It is old school and we love it!!! Liftopia tickets are a breeze - get them in the store (they already have a list) there is no waiting. This is our winter home away from home!! Just tell 'em the Humphreys sent you!!
Sipapu review written Feb 08 2015 - 08:26 PM
Luanne Humphreys Intermediate Skier
its a nice little non crowded spot to train little tykes. Liked alot by my kids
Sipapu review written Jan 12 2015 - 06:36 PM
Slip Face Advanced Skier
Great Value! Very basic.... If Vail is a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S class - Sipapu is a 1975 Chevy Nova in good working order. Helpful staff, no lift lines and great ski instructors! The rooms were modest, no Internet or TV and limited cell service. The restaurant was adequate. It's typical mountain food. However, the kitchen help seem to really try hard to please. If you have a type A personality, where exposed light bulbs, old deerbourne heaters and low water pressure are going to ruin your trip then FORGET IT! Go somewhere else. If you can overlook old bedding and mattresses, carpet fiber runs the length of the room and a little dirt here and there.... The Great - you are going to get a great deal! We will be going back, simply because we want to ski!! - Overall, we felt it was a GREAT VALUE for the money spent!!
Sipapu review written Feb 20 2014 - 04:35 PM
J. Stacy Intermediate Skier
Sipapu is a hidden gem, especially for families. Not a lot of green trails, but plenty of variety on the blues that range from almost-green to almost-black. Great snowmaking and grooming means most trails stay open all year. But the biggest plus is the friendly and helpful staff. From the guy running the lift to the girl serving your hot chocolate, they all are like old friends or co-workers you haven't seen in a while, and they're glad to see you again. And the deals! You can stay and ski a week here for the price of two days at one of the swanky resorts. If you want fancy, go somewhere else. If you want friendly, this is where to be.
Sipapu review written Jan 19 2013 - 08:15 AM
Idaho Tex Advanced Skier
Sipapu is easily my favorite place to go. The snow is not stellar and the place is not loaded with 5 star amenities, but I never wait for lifts, both staff and guests are extremely relaxed, and I can get a lift ticket and lodging combined for less than just one of those would cost me anywhere else. More days on the slopes with more money in my pocket? I choose Sipapu every time. Its not loaded with challenging terrain, so i just find different ways to challenge myself.
Sipapu review written Apr 04 2012 - 09:36 AM
Henry Holub Advanced Snowboarder
Family friendly ad NOT CROWDED. I have taken kids for ski clubs for 15 years and never had a problem. Low prices, good ski instructors. I think the ski snobs go to Taos and this is nearby, so the place is under-used. The firsaid people took good care of a student who was hurt.
Sipapu review written Oct 19 2010 - 11:28 AM
Nadina Barnes Intermediate Skier

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