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Sipapu Ski Area

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Address: 5224 State Highway 518, Route Box 29, Vadito, NM 87579-9757
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+1 800-587-2240

New Mexico’s fastest growing resort, Sipapu is home to the state's longest...

New Mexico’s fastest growing resort, Sipapu is home to the state's longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, the resort has over 40 trails, five lifts and three terrain parks. On-site amenities include slopeside lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and New Mexico's best riverside dining experience.

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Charming setting and inexpensive, but not ideal for beginners

I see why at first glance someone might recommend this ski area for beginners, but there are many places with better opportunities for practice. The practice hill is so small and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 July 2016
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Odessa, Texas
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have an adequate variety of terrain, which makes the place feel bigger than it is. A short chair ride to the top is nice, and the upper mountain lift offers great tree skiing.

Thank oldcartrader
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71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Yesterday was the first day I have ever skied Sipapu. Short lines and great snow. Groomed and un-groomed. The workers were so nice and it was a fantastic day.

Thank Amy G
Vallejo, California
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66 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Talk about being disconnected from the world! This place had no phone, no TV, no internet, I was surprised they had electricity. Our cabin had a little kitchenette with a stove, mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, oven and tiny sink. They provided pots, pans, and utensils to cook with. But they did not provide paper towels, so we had to... More 

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202 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

I see why at first glance someone might recommend this ski area for beginners, but there are many places with better opportunities for practice. The practice hill is so small and so gentle that you can't really build any speed. The next jump up is a fairly steep hill, so beginners can't make the gradual progression. Nonetheless, one of our... More 

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Dunwoody, Georgia
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62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

The location is great and service is nice. The wifi was there and not great. I enjoyed the experience at the location and hope food gets better as time progresses.

Thank vanillagor1lla
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185 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Stopped here on our way to Las Vegas, NM from Taos. We refueled with drinks and snacks. The staff was laid-back and friendly. The little store inside had everything we needed to continue our road trip! I would love to come back and visit in the winter!

Thank Katykate4
Muskogee, Oklahoma
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137 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

My first time and I will be back. If you are looking for a 3000 acre, 15 lift hill, this is not for you. BUT, it is inexpensive skiing/boarding on a very nice hill. Good variety of black, blue, and green trails; a couple terrain parks; some trees. Not many cruisers, but it was a very enjoyable experience for my... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Sipapu was recommended to us by some friends due to the small quaint family feel. We arrived a day early to book family lessons ($300 for 3 hours) for our first day. The magic carpet for the kids is maybe 20 yards long which provides limited space for the kids to practice their skills. Upon arrival we met our instructor,... More 

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Stacey G, Public Relations Manager at Sipapu Ski Area, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your honest feedback, and I apologize for your experience at our ski school. Please know that I am sending this feedback to our ski school director and executive team so that we can resolve this immediately. We hope you and your family give us another try in the future. Thanks... More 

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62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

The title says it all. Extremely family friendly with the best staff by far. You will NOT beat their prices. Both my teenage daughters took ski lessons, which are 2 hours, and were skiing in no time. Word of advice is to pack a picnic lunch. There are a lot of tables at the base and seems that's what most... More 

1 Thank Adam S
Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

This ski resort has 6 lifts total. Of those, 3 are chair lifts, 2 magic carpet and 1 surface lift. While the ski area is relatively small, it is still big enough to have plenty of fun. In fact, when skiing with a group, like a family, you can spend more time skiing and less time waiting for stragglers because... More 

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