Related Regions: New Mexico, United States, North America

Ski Apache Skiing

Season Start/End: 12/14/2018 - 04/08/2019
9600ft - 11500ft
18%|55%| 27%| 0%
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Ski Apache view, NM

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.

Ski Apache view, NM

Ski Apache receives over 15 feet of snow a year, with 11 lifts that service 55 runs and a vertical drop of 1,900 feet. The slopes have everything from bowls, bumps, cruisers and terrain parks. Over 750-skiable acres await.

Ski Apache view, NM

Seven total: two cafeterias, three snack bars, two burger stands and two beverage bars. The ski rental shop and the snowboard rental shop offer top quality equipment, and the ski school instructs all abilities. Special all day kids program for 4 to 6-year-olds, Kiddie Korral. The state's oldest and largest Adaptive Ski Program, and special packages for first timers. Thirty-five percent snowmaking.



  • 11500ft
  • 1900ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 9600ft


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  • 11


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  • Longest Run

    2 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    750 ac

  • Snow Making

    270 ac

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening: 12/14/2018
  • Days Open Last Year: 133
  • Projected Closing: 04/08/2019
  • Projected Days Open: 124
  • Years Open: 57
  • Average Snowfall: 185"

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Ski Apache - 100% open with freshies in 2016, yes 2016, not 2010, people exaggerating because they're bitter about a bad yr. But Im sure if they have a good yr next yr, they'll be back. SA is in Southern NM, what do you expect!
  - © DKallday
Ski Apache - Now with 5 runs open.  Captain is really screamin!  - © anonymous
Ski Apache - They were making snow like crazy today.  Got 2+ inches of fresh powder. hopefully lower deep freeze will open tomorrow!! Fingers crossed!! Capitan will hopefully be open in a couple of days.    - © Woody (Buzz not included
Ski Apache - Morning ice in spots. Conditions got better after it started to turn to slush. Then it started snowing Marble size snowflakes making conditions much better until closing time pushing everyone to marathon the last three hours to complete exhau  - © atlake247

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Ski Apache Reviews

  • MIchelle Johnson

    • 5
    30th March 2018

    Full review

      Great, friendly and helpful staff. Very consciences for everyone's safety and overall experience. I would definitely recommend Ski Apache!
  • David Milford

    • 4
    23rd March 2018

    Full review

      Visited Ski Apache the first time last Saturday, and it was great! For a low-snow year, the spring skiing was really quite...

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Contact Info

  • Ski Apache

    Box 220

    88312 Ruidoso

    New Mexico

    United States

    Phone: (575) 464-3600