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Ski Apache, New Mexico

The Largest Lift Capacity

Ski Apache, owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, is the southernmost major ski area in the United States and is located 16 miles northwest of Ruidoso, N.M.

Ski Apache's high elevation averages more than 15 feet of snowfall each winter.

Rising from the 4,500 foot floor of the Tularosa Basin to an elevation of 12,003 feet, Sierra Blanca Peak towers above the surrounding valleys and plains. Ski Apache rests on Sierra Blanca's northern flank.

Ski Apache provides a variety of terrain for all abilities on 55 trails covering 750 acres, including the huge open Apache Bowl.

A vertical of 1,900 feet and the largest lift capacity in New Mexico, allows more skiing and snowboarding and less standing in line.

Ski Apache Ski School gets beginners started right. A full day lift ticket is free with the purchase of a lesson for those 7 years and older. Kiddie Korral, a well known children's program for ages 4 through 6, offers all day supervision with ski instruction. Group or private lessons are available for all ages and abilities.

Skis, snowboards and all the equipment you'll need while visiting are available for rental through numerous ski shops conveniently located in town.

Ski packages are offered by a number of different ski lodging in the Ruidoso area.

To get there from Ruidoso, drive a short distance north on Hwy. 48. Turn left on Hwy. 532 for a scenic 12 mile drive to Ski Apache.


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Mountain Statistics for Ski Apache
Base Elevation: 10,100 ft (3,078 meters)
Summit Elevation: 12,000 ft (3,658 m)
Vertical Drop: 1,900 ft (579 m)
Skiable Area: 750 acres (304 hectares)
Annual Snowfall: 185 in (470 cm)
Longest Run: 12,145 ft (3,702 m)
Snowmaking: 36 %
Number of Lifts: 11
Uphill Lift Capacity: 16,500 per hour
Types of Lifts: 2 Surface Lifts
1 Double Chair
5 Triple Chairs
2 Quad Chairs
1 Gondola (4 people)
Number of Trails: 55
Trail Ratings for Ski Apache
Easiest: Easiest 20%
More Difficult: More Difficult 60%
Most Difficult: Most Difficult 20%
Experts Only: Experts Only 0%
Trail ratings indicate the relative difficulty of the runs within a given ski area and are not meant to be used for comparison between ski areas.
Area Details for Ski Apache
Alpine Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Nearby Snow Tubing: Yes