Ski Apache Ski Resort

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# 4Small Ski Area in North America
# 4Small Ski Area in United States
# 2Small Ski Area in New Mexico
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Sierra Blanca Peak, home to Ski Apache, rises more than 12,000 feet above sea level in south central New Mexico, providing stunning views of the desert lands more than 7,000 feet below, including White Sands National Monument. The resort is owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, as seen in the resort's staff and some decorative elements. The area also boasts the state's only (and ancient) gondola. It is 18 miles northwest of the town of Ruidoso and is easily accessed by car from Albuquerque (3 hours) or El Paso (2.5 hours).

It has a nice mix of wide beginner slopes, tough bump runs, a huge bowl and nice cruising runs, and is very popular with skiers from west Texas. There's a casino, too.

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Ski Apache Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Total Snowfall

9"
6"
4"
2"
0"
0"
Dec
7"
Jan
6"
Feb
1"
Mar

Terrain Overview

53%
Beginners Runs
41%
Intermediate Runs
6%
Advanced Runs
17
Runs in Total
2.0 mi
Longest Run
750 ac
Skiable Terrain
270 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 11

1
Gondolas & Trams
0
Eight Person Lifts
0
High Speed Sixes
0
High Speed Quads
2
Quad Chairs
5
Triple Chairs
0
Double Chairs
3
Surface Lifts

Elevation

11500'
Summit
1900'
Vertical Drop
9600'
Base

Important Dates

December 17, 20202020/12/17

Projected Opening

April 07, 20212021/04/07

Projected Closing

124

Projected Days Open

133

Days Open Last Year

1961

Years Open

185"

Average Snowfall
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