Sipapu Ski Resort

Sipapu Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New Mexico in USA. The resort is in the town of Vadito, NM.

We recently ranked all of New Mexico's ski resorts, so you can see where Sipapu stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Sipapu is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Sipapu Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Sipapu's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Sipapu around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Sipapu Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Sipapu has a total of 41 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Sipapu is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 200 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 81 hectares, 0.3 square miles, or 0.8 square kilometers.

Sipapu's slopes see on average 150 inches (46 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 12 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
200(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall
150"(4,572 cm)

Sipapu Ski Resort Elevation

Sipapu Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 9,255 feet, or 2,821 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,200 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,055 feet (322 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 9,255 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
9,255'(2,821 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,055'(322 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,200'(2,499 m)

Sipapu Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
46.8out of 100
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Sipapu can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Sipapu has 200 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Sipapu is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
Green Circle
20%(40 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(80 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
40%(80 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Sipapu Ski Resort good for beginners?

Sipapu can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Sipapu Ski Resort Location

Sipapu Ski Resort is located in the state of New Mexico, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Vadito, NM.

Vadito, NM 87579 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
36.15000, -105.55000

Getting to Sipapu Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Sipapu Ski Resort), its coordinates of 36.15000, -105.55000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Vadito, NM to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Sipapu.

San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO90 mi
Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM97 mi
Pueblo Memorial AirportPUBPueblo, CO159 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Sipapu Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Sipapu Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Taos Ski ValleyTaos Ski Valley, NM12,481 ft83%20 mi
Angel FireAngel Fire, NM10,677 ft50%22 mi
Ski Santa FeSanta Fe, NM12,075 ft54%35 mi
PajaritoSanta Fe, NM10,440 ft47%37 mi
Red RiverRed River, NM10,350 ft45%40 mi
Sandia PeakCedar Crest, NM10,378 ft38%82 mi

Sipapu Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation9,255 ft
Base Elevation8,200 ft
Vertical Drop1,055 ft
(20% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  40% Expert)
Skiable Acres200
Avg. Annual Snowfall150 inches
Sipapu Ski Resort Mountain Stats