Tucked into the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, [R366R, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort] is the quintessential local resort, so it makes sense that its terrain parks are constructed out of all-local materials.

Sipapu officially open its “organic” terrain parks this week, with features built out of trees from the nearby forests.

“Personally, I think all terrain park features taste better when they’re raw, so we’re going by that motto for this season,” said staff member Manny Lujan. “These parks are old-school with skateboard-inspired tricks, and there are a lot of opportunities for both goofy and regular riders.”

The two organic parks, The Playground and Flight School off Lift #3, have seven all-wooden features in three styles:

·      Log rails, with trees milled in half and mounted on stumps positioned at different angles for intakes and landings.

·      Hitching posts, with two 12-foot-long pieces of wood mounted vertically and a third perpendicular to the fall-line for jibs or tab offs.

·      Log taps, with logs 10-25 feet tall mounted vertically for ramping up or tapping off.

All the wood was harvested out of the Carson National Forest and milled by a log sawmill in Taos.

Sipapu’s third terrain park, Loose at mid-mountain, retains non-organic features such as rails, boxes, jumps and teeter-totters.

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