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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2011 Media Contact: Stacey Glaser, Marketing Director (800) 587-2240,
Business Continues While Fire Burns
VADITO, NM - Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, New Mexico’s year-round destination for family-friendly, family fun, will continue to keep the resort store and gas station open as firefighters work to contain a nearby forest fire.
The Osha Fire began at around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, near mile marker 55 on Highway 518 (about two miles from the resort) due to a downed power line. As of Friday, June 3, approximately 650 acres have been scorched in the Carson National Forest, and air tankers and firefighters are still battling the blaze. The fire size has been downsized since yesterday, thanks to improved mapping, according to the Carson National Forest. No structures have been lost, and the fire is 7 percent contained. Firefighters expect the fire to be completely contained by mid-June.
All water services and electricity have been restored across the property at Sipapu.
Highway 518 is still closed to everyone except area residents and emergency personell. Sipapu will continue to open its gift shop, convenience store, gas station and disc golf course until the highway re-opens. Once the highway is opened to all traffic, the resort will also open its new restaurant, Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill.
The annual New Mexico Trials Association event for this weekend has been cancelled; resort officials say that the June 11-12 Rio Pueblo Disc Golf Tournament will go on as planned.
For more information, call 575-587-2240 or check for periodic updates on Sipapu’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/SipapuNM.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is New Mexico’s fastest growing ski resort. Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu offers family-friendly, family fun to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Family-owned and operated since 1952, Sipapu is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. The resort is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, and features over 40 trails, five lifts and two terrain parks. On-site amenities include slope-side lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and gourmet home cooking at the Riverside Café and Paradise Riverside Bar & Grill.