It's twice the fun for terrain-park junkies at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort this winter.
The management at the northern New Mexico mountain watched the demand go up for jibs and jumps and rails, and has decided to extend itself farther to meet its customers' needs.
"We decided to put the snowmaking to it rather than shovel," Manager John Paul Bradley told OnTheSnow. "For a tight park, it's got some really good lines."
The result has been an entirely new terrain park, on intermediate Loose Caboose, that will suit the more advanced riders or skiers. The new park features box and pipe, a torpedo rail, a salvaged satellite dish and a big, straight jump hill. Crews spent two whole nights making snow for what is now the largest terrain park that Sipapu has had, according to Bradley.
Beginners and novices still have Pedro's Park, the original Sipapu version on the easier Thumper trail that has longer approaches and less severe structures.
Opened in the early 1950s, Sipapu boasts a bit more than 1,000 feet of vertical drop and 200 acres of skiing and riding, all served by five lifts. Its base sits at 8,200 feet elevation on the slopes of the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Here's a promotional video on the new park: