Close to a desert
Lots, when compared to Colorado and Utah areas
I have been skiing at Ski Apache for years. Where else can you leave your home from a sunny desert, drive 3 hours door-to-door, and be skiing on a mountain that tops out at 11,500'? I have had some awesome ski days, when the snow has been good. That is why I ski there and continue to renew my season pass every year. HOWEVER, there is a lot Ski Apache can do to improve the mountain: 1. Fix the webcam that has been down for DAYS!!!, 2. Although customer service has improved over the past decade, they still have a long ways to go, 3. Replace the outdated gondola with a high-speed quad, 4. Improve the facilities mountain-wide (bathrooms are the WORST), 5. Snow making all the way to the top of the mountain - when will this happen?