Lincoln National Forest
Ski Apache Resort
Base elevation - 9,700 feet
Located primarily on Forest land, Ski Apache is operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe under a special use permit. Approximately 180 inches of snowfall are received each season at the ski area, which is the second highest accumulation of any area in New Mexico. The area has a four-passenger Gondola, two double chairlifts, five triple chairlifts, two double chairlifts, and one mighty mite tow—all of which operate during a season extending from Thanksgiving through Easter.
The ski area covers 1,060 acres and has 45 trails with a good mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert runs. The ability to make snow on the entire bottom of the mountain, during years of low snowfall, provides for good conditions even in dry years. The ski area has an uphill lift capacity of 12,800 per hour and a capacity of 7,000 skiers per day. A Snack Bar at the Summit overlooks the Rio Hondo and Tularosa Basins; other services are provided at the base of the area for visitors' convenience. Lodging and shuttle services are available in Ruidoso, just 16 miles away.
Downhill skiing is available near the village of Cloudcroft.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication