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Related Regions: New Mexico, United States, North America

Overview

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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Elevation

  • 11500ft
    Summit
  • 1900ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 9600ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
  • 6
  • 0
  • 2
  • 11
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    18%

  • Intermediate Runs

    55%

  • Advanced Runs

    27%

  • Expert Runs

    0%

  • Runs

    55

  • Terrain Parks

    3

  • Longest Run

    2 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    750 ac

  • Snow Making

    270 ac

More Info

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.

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.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing12/14/201804/08/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    133
  • Projected Days Open
    124
  • Years Open
    57
  • Average Snowfall
    185"
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Ski Apache Reviews

MIchelle Johnson
30th March 20185
Great, friendly and helpful staff. Very consciences for everyone's safety and overall experience. I would definitely recommend Ski Apache!Full review
David Milford
23rd March 20184
Visited Ski Apache the first time last Saturday, and it was great! For a low-snow year, the spring skiing was really quite...Full review
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Contact Info

  • Ski Apache

    Box 220

    88312 Ruidoso

    New Mexico

    United States


    Phone: (575) 464-3600

    info@skiapache.com

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