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Sipapu Ski Resort delays opening day

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Sipapu Ski Resort’s ski area’s opening day has been postponed ski area is delaying its opening a week due to unseasonably warm temperatures, resort officials announced Tuesday.

The resort was originally scheduled to open on Saturday, one of the earliest openings in resort history.

Temperatures will drop again this week, which is ideal for snowmaking, and snow was in the forecast for Tuesday. Cold temperatures have allowed Sipapu’s crews to make snow already on beginner and intermediate trails: Thumper, Lower Bambi and Butterfly. They will continue snowmaking efforts as temperatures allow.

“Our mountain crews continue to monitor temperatures and we’ve made snow whenever we could,” said John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu.

The team was continuing to prepare the mountain for opening day, which was targeted as Nov. 18, as conditions allow, Bradley said in a release.

“We feel confident with the progress we’ve already made that we’ll be able to open on the 18th,” he said.
Sipapu Ski Resort is known for being the first resort to open and the last to close in New Mexico. Last year, Sipapu opened on Nov. 19, 2016, continuing the 14-year trend as being the first to open in the state.

Sipapu’s renovations that include a new 2,141-square-foot addition to the historic Lodge will debut during the 2017-2018 winter season, housing a new rental shop, with upgraded ski and snowboard rental equipment, a new ticket office, retail space and improved traffic flow with more gathering space, new bathrooms and a ski locker room.