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Ski Apache, Ruidoso

Categories: Bike Tours, Zipline, Tours, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.5/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
As the country’s southernmost ski area, Ski Apache offers the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world with snowmaking on 33% of the mountain. The slopes offer a mix of wide beginner slopes, tough bump runs, a huge bowl, nice cruising runs and a terrain park with jumps, tubes and rails. Here are just a few of the highlights:

The alpine peak of Sierra Blanca soars to over 12,000 feet.

The elevation at the Gazebo “The Top” is 11,500 feet.

Positioned geographically to have the best skiing weather in North America.

Average annual snowfall over 15 feet!.

55 runs and trails – 20% Expert, 60% Intermediate, 20% Beginner.

11 lifts including New Mexico’s only passenger Gondola to the top – the Gazebo.

Enhanced snow-making all the way to the top.

Free lift ticket with beginner group lessons.

All day ski instruction programs.

The vertical drop is 1,900 feet.

There are over 750 skiable acres.
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  • Affordable prices, beautiful city, like graffiti. Excellent view, ski + snowboard + other activities, beautiful mountain view, there are activities such as the cable car for who don't want to ski!
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  • This is one of the all time BEST place to do zip lining. The staff were VERY friendly..first you pay and then sign waivers and watch a short video. Then the staff will fit you with the equipment and d...  read more »
  • This is a MUST when traveling to Ruidoso. We have zip lined in Maui, Hawaii before which we loved, but this zip line was definitely more of a thrill! You will be going a mile down the first zip line a...  read more »
  • I wouldn't take my worst enemy here, the Indians who work here are drug addicted alcoholic jackasses. I've had absolutely the worst vacation day here in my life. They treated me and my 4 year old daughter like crap. they made me wait in line four times to sign her up for ski lessons and every time I reached the front of the line they gave me a different excuse as to why I had to wait in line again. I am a life long El Pasoan, I have been going to this mountain for decades, after the Indians did this to me and my little girl I will never set foot on their property again.
  • My husband Sam and I have been coming to Ski Apache for several years and have always had a wonderful time. The resort is very clean and well maintained. The staff at Ski Apache is very friendly and helpful and seem to enjoy their jobs. We have found that if we treat the staff with respect, they in return treat us with respect. Buying the annual pass allows us to go to Ski Apache throughout the entire year, so that we can enjoy hiking, the zip-line, and mountain biking during the warmer months.
  • Great mountain anywhere, but this far south it is amazing. The summer mountain biking is great and the zipline looks awesome.
  • First time skiing and could not have had a better experience. Unlike other reviews, staff was extremely helpful and very attentive. From the front desk, to the ski patrol, to the lift operators, everyone was positive and encouraging. Even with the unfortunate warm front, I thought the resort did its best to maintain a safe and environment for skiing.
  • While the skiing was what you would expect from a Southern Ski Resort in mid-march it was still great. There were some ice patches and slush spots but over all it was still a great day. On the drive up, the heater hose on my car busted. I nursed my car into the parking lot and skied until about 130. I started calling tow trucks and the only one that would give me an answer said that it would be after 6 pm before he would come up and then charge $170 for the trip down. Then the GREAT shop staff from Ski Apache stepped in. The managed to get my car fixed to a point that I could make it down the mountain and to the parts store. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SAVING US!!! I did not get their names but they went WAY above and beyond what I would have expected. I can not say thank you enough.
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