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Ski Apache, Ruidoso

(3.5/5 based on 500+ 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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  • This is kind of a kept secret. The key to this trip is to be sure there is enough snow. This area sometimes can be a little late on getting their snow. Beautiful drive up the mountain but is curvy so ...  more »
  • Close to home ski slopes. Lots of ice. Not much snow. The road is scary to get up and down. I hope they fix it soon. Our ski instructor was good tho. I would go again. Hopefully they will fix the road...  more »
  • We drove to ski apache. Brace yourself for the drive up the mountain. It's a little nerve wracking two lane road very curvy low guard rails. When we made it to the ski slopes we walked around to surve...  more »
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  • Have only been there n the offseason. Nothing was open including the zip line or bicycling down the mountain. A little on the small side but close to Ruidoso and Alto, NM. Would like to return when there is snow on the ground. Will return during high season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.