Local family wins ski resort’s cardboard derby

On Saturday, March 19, in Sipapu, New Mexico the Sipapu Ski Resort held its Annual Cardboard Derby. The Cardboard Derby gets bigger and better every year. This year’s event the Team Division was won by The West Texas Wind Runners consisting of team members Chris Hamlin, James Hamlin and Rusty Goates, all of Sweetwater. The West Texas Wind Runners constructed their craft solely out of cardboard and duct tape. Chris Hamlin designed the craft to resemble a wind turbine. The Wind Turbine sled carried four-year-old James Hamlin, his father Chris Hamlin and his pawpaw Rusty Goates to the Team Division Winner’s circle. The West Texas Wind Runners also won the award for most wind. The craft was so fast the West Texas Wind Runners were the only sled to get airborne. The race was determined on speed and closest to the target. James Hamlin was the youngest competitor to be in the Team Division. Home to the longest ski season in New Mexico, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort offers a natural mountain terrain, perfect for all ability levels. From green and blue groomed cruisers to the steeps and powder stashes found above Lift 1, this mountain has something for everyone. Historically Sipapu was the first Ski Resort to open in New Mexico. The weather conditions the day of the Cardboard Derby was windy and 28˚ by afternoon temperatures had risen to approximately 58˚. Supporting the racers on the cloud snowy slope were Cindy Hamlin, Pam Goates and Brittany Carr.