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Ski Apache, Ruidoso

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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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  • A very nice and perfect place to start skiing, had never done so pay package of lift and lectures, was amazing, very relaxed master, the bad is that since has not much snow half the chairs they were closed , there is a cable car where you see everything from the top of the mountain, unfortunately we could not go up but insurance is worthwhile. No doubt return, the team rented it out since it is cheaper
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  • The snow wasn’t that good this year but the zip line was so much fun!! Highly recommended! It is in 3 legs and the first leg of it is the fastest which it is a mile long from the top. The second and t...  more »
  • Everything is very father hurts that we play day that it snowed and the truth if it was super cold and we couldn't do much for our small but there are attractions for all ages very good services
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  • Great family skiing if you get there during good snow. They had a rough year this year being one of the driest ever but still had a blast. Great for all ranges of skill levels. Staff is courteous and friendly. Like all ski slopes food is expensive but it was good. Good selection. Get ready to pay about $13 for combo meal. Or $6 per slice of pizza or go for $18 for a pizza better deal to split.
  • I know you can’t really expect much this far south, but there are a few things that they could change to make it a much better experience. I’ll start with the negatives.. First off, the base area is far too small to support a busy day. When I went there the gondola line was not long at all, but there was too much action around that area between ticket sales, food trucks, and general outdoor seating. They really should space things out a bit. Also, the ski lodge itself can get cramped very easily. Third, the way the trails channel back to the gondola make it impossible to avoid hoards of beginners on a busy day. This is an accident waiting to happen. Having the learning area right in the path back to the gondola is a bad idea. Every other ski resort I’ve been to has the learning area in a completely separate section... Alright, now that that rant is over. The upper part of the mountain is gorgeous and offers great skiing, although there is not much of a challenge. It is much more spread out and less crowded than the base. If you’re skiing on a busy day, I would recommend spending as much time on the upper mountain as possible... Lift tickets are priced accordingly, I paid $74, which is on par with similar sized resorts. Overall, this place would be much better if they had a complete overhaul of the base area.
  • Had so much fun! So beautiful. Everyone was so nice. Matt and David were awesome. I was so nervous but they really put me at ease. Amazing! Thanks for such a great experience!
  • I loved this place. People are awesome. My wife dropped us off in the morning and left since she couldn't ski. The staff offered us a ride home. Amazing. The day was spectacular. Conditions were awesome and the ruins were challenging enough for me since I hadn't skied in a couple years. And no waiting at all. The place was empty. Not good for them but really fun for us.
  • Visited Ski Apache for zip line. The 5 stars are for the experience, the magnificent views, and for our zip tour guide, Wyn. He went above and beyond my expectations and made the zip experience that much greater! Definitely put this zip line tour in your bucket list or your must-do when you visit New Mexico. You are given a short demo before they take you up on the gondola to the top of Lookout Mountain, that alone has stunning views. Then a short ride on the ATV to the first platform. The guides hook you on and off the lines, so no need to worry about that, just relax and enjoy the smooth ride down. My personal favorite was definitely the first zip, the longest (1 mile) and tallest of the three, (Highest elevated in the world). The next two lines are shorter but just as great. Amazing experience all together!!! Definitely want to go back.
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