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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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  • Fantastic zip line. I would do it again. Michael and Isaiah were really good guides. They gave great tips so we got the most out of each section. They also pointed out the local sights and gave sugges...  more »
  • To get away from 100 degree temp, went to Ski Apache. The road there is quite a trip. Very winding, our speed was about 15 to 25 mph the whole way. But some gorgeous scenery. There are a few pull offs...  more »
  • Fantastic view of the mountains, including the tallest, Sierra Blanca, which is 12,000 ft elevation. The altitude makes breathing a bit difficult for some.  more »
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  • Went up for the Zip line. Amazing experience. Win and Matt were great. Win is a fantastic story teller and full of knowledge. They work hard to have a fun safe time. Hope to get a chance to do again. Blew away any other zip line experience I've had. Hope to ride the MTB trails next time.
  • The zip line is AMAZING! One of the best iv been on. It is a winding road to get there and a little scary but its worth it. The people who were helping us zipline were extremely helpful and fun to be with!
  • My experience: the snow is melting and it's just plain dangerous. Ice and slush everywhere. I was afraid to go fast because when I did, I hit something unexpected and face planted a couple of times. At 2pm, I cruised down the easiest green and was terrified because I didn't feel like I was in control. I haven't skied and years and was dying to go, but this mountain made me want to go home early. My girlfriend: ski school was a waste. The instructor kept moving around and they had a hard time finding him. He was rude. Out of ten people in her class, only 3 finished the 90 minute session. I paid for three days, and I'm going back tomorrow, but I've decided to eat the money on the third day. The conditions are going to get someone hurt.
  • Its the only place to ski for people in the area and the closest option for people in West Texas. The hills aren't bad. definitely better​ than a lot of places but advanced skiers and boarders will find that the hills aren't very challenging. Conditions are icey almost constantly. And the workers there are generally unfriendly. But overall not bad place. I have a lot of good memories here
  • If you are a decent ski or snowboarder you should go to Ski Apache. The bad reviews all come from people who are not experienced skiers who just stay at the bottom of the mountain where the conditions are marginal at best. Once you get to the top you don't run into anyone else. It's like having your own private mountain. It would be nice if Chair 1 could be faster. 13 minutes to get back to the top on such a short run does eat up a lot of your day. When the Apache Bowl has decent snow its hard to beat that. The lift line is non existent, and it only takes about 4-5 minutes to get back to the top. Never had a problem the staff. Very relaxed and friendly. If you go to the bar I recommend getting the bloody mary. Its special.