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Ski Apache, Ruidoso
(3.6/5 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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  • Ski Apache is simply a beautiful place, rather you ski, do the zip line or just enjoy nature. The drive to Ski Apache has those occasional breathtaking moments. A nice place to visit. 
  • Drove up to Apache Ski just for the drive and view and it was totally worth it! It's about a 25 min drive up from the main road to the ski area. But, it's worth the drive even if your not going to ski...  more »
  • The qualities as a ski area I can contribute unfortunately nothing, because I wasn't in the season there. But the area with security is very well suited as a hiking area. The long journey of Ruidoso leads over interminable never-ending hairpin bends up to well 3000m. A stop at the lookout point of WindyPoint is very worthwhile. In the colder season definitely thinking a thicker jacket. For this the view compensated :-)
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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.