The season started slowly in northern New Mexico, but recent storms have rejuvenated conditions at the resorts and given both skiers and ‘boarders hopes for finishing the season strongly.

[R366R, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort] has loaded up the promotions and deals to take advantage of the late-season snowfall. Included in Sipapu's month of March attractions are extended hours, both serious and not-so serious competitions, and plenty of beer.

Mountain management extended lift closings to 5 p.m. for the week of March 13-20 and weekend of March 26-27. In between, lifts will stop turning at 4:30 p.m for the week of March 21-25. Closing is set for April 10.

The Black Diamond Telefest, a March 12-13 weekend of telemarking, features the skin-up, ski-down Freeheel Fray race on the first day. The next week features beers of a different brewer every après ski, called Micro Brew-Ski Week, on the lodge patio.

The Cardboard Derby sets up Saturday, March 19, pitting homemade cardboard concoctions against one another in a race down the hill for prize money. Sipapu offers a free moonlight hike around the mountain at 8 p.m., followed by hot refreshments, on the same date.

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