As ski resorts close throughout the region to prevent the spread of a novel coronavirus, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort continued a long-held tradition Sunday (March 15) at its 17th annual cardboard derby. As of Monday (March 16,) there were no reported cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Taos County, 17 confirmed cases in New Mexico and 3,823 in the United States. Shortly before its cardboard derby was scheduled to begin, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort released a statement acknowledging the virus and their plans to monitor the unfolding situation.
“We are scheduled to remain open for the remainder of the season,” read a post on the ski resort’s Facebook page. “However, with COVID-19, we're taking things one day at a time, paying close attention to local and government health officials and guidance.”
Despite a smaller turnout than prior years, the cardboard derby saw kids, teens and adults come together to showcase their creativity and competitive spirit. Contestants hand-built vessels using only duct tape, cardboard, string or twine, with prizes awarded for creativity and how close vessels came to steering into a bull's eye drawn in the snow at the base of the mountain.