Pajarito, Sipapu seasons extended

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By The Staff

This year’s bountiful snowfall has prompted mountain operators to extend the seasons at Pajarito and Sipapu ski resorts.

Season snowfall totals are in the triple digits and still more snow is in the forecast this week.

With 143 inches on the season and 100 percent of available terrain open, up to 10 more inches are in the forecast through Thursday.

Sipapu added an extra hour to the schedule. Between Tuesday and Saturday, the lifts are expected to run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Local meteorologists at Open Snow were forecasting up to nine inches of snow at Sipapu this week.

“We love spring skiing around here, and we love adding that extra hour to the calendar this week,” said Mountain Manager John Paul Bradley. “The conditions are the best they’ve ever been and the spring outlook looks solid for these remaining weeks.”

The Sipapu resort, which became the first ski area to open in New Mexico for the 16th consecutive time Nov. 18, is scheduled to be open daily through March 24.

Beginning March 30, Sipapu will be open Saturdays and Sundays through April 7.
Pajarito Mountain

Perched on a base of 42 inches and reporting 156 inches for the season, Pajarito Mountain is expecting up to nine more inches of snow through Thursday.

Pajarito  Mountain is expanding their operating schedule to be open everyday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 24.

The resort will host its 71st annual Skiesta celebration this Saturday, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with live music, costume contests, a beer festival and more.

Beginning March 30, the Los Alamos ski area will be open Saturdays and Sundays through April 7.

While Sipapu and Pajarito do not release skier visit data, resort officials say that both ski areas  are enjoying double-digit growth over last year. Sipapu and Pajarito are a part of the Mountain Capital Partners network of mountains, the largest collective of ski areas in the southwest.

The resorts, together, with Purgatory, Arizona Snowbowl and Hesperus Ski Area, put 2019/2020 season passes on sale Monday.

Once again, the Power Pass offers unlimited access to all 3,400 acres of skiing across all resorts and - new for this year - unlimited, year-round access to MCP’s newest addition: Spider Mountain, the country’s first year-round, lift served mountain bike park, located outside of Austin, Texas.