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$15 Million in Improvements

15 Million in Mountain Improvements

Resort officials announce $15 million in improvements across five mountains: Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain and Hesperus Ski Area, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures. The Southwest’s largest ski area collective is investing $15 million in mountain improvements for the 2017-2018 ski and snowboard season, for a grand total of $35 million over three consecutive seasons. Read the full announcement.

Enjoy the improvements across all five resorts—new trails, enhanced snowmaking, new summer activities, and more—on a single season pass: the Power Pass. The Most Powerful Pass in the Southwest is on sale right now. Get yours by April 28 for the guaranteed lowest price.

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Purgatory Improvements

More Summer Fun
Later in 2017 we’re building a 4,000 foot-long mountain coaster that will operate during future summer and winter seasons! We’re also adding a new summer tubing area AND a 50′ x 50′ airbag jump from a platform, scheduled to open summer 2017! The tubing and airbag will be located in the Columbine area.

Snowmaking Infrastructure
New snowmaking equipment is being purchased to improve the resort’s ability to make snow and open the resort more efficiently, including additional pumping capacity, pipe, electric and additional energy efficient snow guns. 

Expanded Terrain & New Loading Zone
Purgatory is expanding its terrain with new intermediate and expert trails on the back- and front-sides, and new gladed tree skiing terrain. The triple chairlift, Needles Lift 6, will offer a new mid-way loading zone that provides ski teams, terrain park fanatics, and  skiers/riders who want to make laps on the front an easier way to access terrain. 


Purgatory Snowcat Adventures

Purgatory Snowcat Adventures logoColorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation with access to 35,000 acres will be improving its cabins on its snowcats. The cat skiing operation will also provide a new portable shelter to be utilized at breaks and lunchtime. Learn more about Purgatory Snowcat Adventures

Check out the tabs below for information on improvements at each of the Power Pass family resorts.

  • Sipapu
  • Pajarito
  • Hesperus


Sipapu logoSipapu Improvements

Day Room Expansion/Renovation
Sipapu’s historic Lodge is undergoing renovations that include a new 2,141 square foot addition, which will house a new rental shop with upgraded ski and snowboard rental equipment, a new Ticket Office, retail space, and improved traffic flow with more gathering space, new bathrooms, and locker room

Snowmaking Infrastructure
Enhancements to Sipapu’s snowmaking system will help Sipapu continue to be the first ski area to open in New Mexico—a title the resort has held for 14 consecutive seasons.