Ski Apache

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Ski Apache
New Mexico
United States
Phone: 505 336-4357

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About the Ski Resort

Ski Apache, owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, is the southernmost major ski area in the United States and is located 16 miles northwest of Ruidoso, N.M.

Ski Apache's high elevation averages more than 15 feet of snowfall each winter.

Rising from the 4,500 foot floor of the Tularosa Basin to an elevation of 12,003 feet, Sierra Blanca Peak towers above the surrounding valleys and plains. Ski Apache rests on Sierra Blanca's northern flank.

Ski Apache provides a variety of terrain for all abilities on 55 trails covering 750 acres, including the huge open Apache Bowl.

A vertical of 1,900 feet and the largest lift capacity in New Mexico, allows more skiing and snowboarding and less standing in line.

Ski Apache Ski School gets beginners started right. A full day lift ticket is free with the purchase of a lesson for those 7 years and older. Kiddie Korral, a well known children's program for ages 4 through 6, offers all day supervision with ski instruction. Group or private lessons are available for all ages and abilities.

Skis, snowboards and all the equipment you'll need while visiting are available for rental through numerous ski shops conveniently located in town.

Ski packages are offered by a number of different ski lodging in the Ruidoso area.

To get there from Ruidoso, drive a short distance north on Hwy. 48. Turn left on Hwy. 532 for a scenic 12 mile drive to Ski Apache

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  20 %

 More Difficult:  35 %

 Most Difficult:  45 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  9,600 ft
Summit elevation:  11,500 ft
Vertical drop:  1,900 ft
Skiable area:  750 acres
Annual snowfall:  185 in
Snowmaking:  33 %
Number of trails:  55
Number of lifts:  11
Types of lifts:  2 Surface Lifts,
 1 Double Chair,
 5 Triple Chairs,
 2 Quad Chairs,
 1 Gondola (4 people)

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  Yes
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

Ski Resort Maps (click on maps to enlarge)

Ski Apache map

Ski Resort directions

Ski Apache ski resort is located in south central New Mexico, 180 miles south of Albuquerque, and 18 miles northwest of Ruidoso at the end of Higway 532. From Albuquerque take I-25 south to San Antonio, then Highway 380 to Route 37, then turn right onto Highway 532.
Note that tire chains are sometimes required on ski run road which leads up to the resort. The nearest major airport is in El Paso, Texas, 130 miles away.