We have returned 3 times since our original review in 2013. And each time was a little different, and each time has allowed me to appreciate this place more.
Late 2013 season: One time we went there was a snow castle built and people wore costumes and blew horns as they skied down the mountain side. It was an atmosphere of fun times and new experiences for all. My ski teachers were so positive and supportive. The air was fresh and crisp. It was just wonderful.
The second time we returned, in the early month of November 2013, we brought our 10 year old son and stayed in one of the cabins. My son skied all weekend after one 2 hour lesson! He amazed me. Talk about bragging rights I experienced after arriving home. I was so proud—and all because of the friendly, supportive staff. We loved our cabin. And I learned to ski on a bike. Woo-Hoo! The bike was way better then skis! Loved the new magic carpet too. Didn’t miss a tv, but I missed Wifi terribly.
This last time, was a little disappointing. We stayed during a “holiday weekend” January 17-20, 2014. Although the staff we for the most part friendly, it was like our rose-colored glasses were removed. One thing was that we stayed in the hotel. (We won’t do that again-as a matter of fact, we recommend staying in Taos or another hotel they offer with their “free” deal.) The lack of Wifi was really too much for me. It’s funny that Sipapu has info all over Facebook or other computer areas, but their guests cannot post from their location. If they use computers for booking lodging and posting on Facebook—they can and should make this possible for all guests.
Two more issues, which may not matter to other guests, is: 1) Why isn’t there an USA flag flying on grounds? This ski resort is in/on a National Forest, and 2) Why would they EVER block out military discount days? Men and women in the military work 24/7/365. Maybe no one else has noticed, but the military don’t get to fly home for holidays. So, I’m not sure why this occurred either.
Sipapu is an incredible place for the family. It’s a great place for beginning skiers, but don’t lodge there unless it is spring/summer and you want to camp out and have that rugged feel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 20 miles southeast of Taos and 2 hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort offers over 40 accommodations, including suites, cabins, historic lodge rooms, RV sites and more. All of the slopeside rooms are located steps from Sipapu's main chair lift, and most include kitchens and fireplaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sipapu Ski And Summer Resort
- Sipapu Ski & Summer Hotel Vadito