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Best Ski Resorts in New Mexico: 7 Reasons to Visit Ski Apache

Looking for the best ski resorts in New Mexico? There’s only one destination to visit this ski season: Ski Apache, New Mexico’s premier mountain ski resort.

Nestled along the scenic Sierra Blanca mountains of New Mexico near Ruidoso and Inn of the Mountain Gods Hotel in Mescalero, Ski Apache is New Mexico’s southernmost ski area with the best warm-weather skiing in the country.

Ski Apache boasts breathtaking views, New Mexico’s only eight-passenger gondola, and over 750 skiable acres of terrain for all ages and skill levels!

Need more convincing? Here are 7 reasons why Ski Apache should be your New Mexico ski resort destination:

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 Dozens Of slopes & trails for all skill levelsboarders at ski apache new mexico ski resort

Ski Apache, located in Alto, New Mexico, has an assortment of ski and snowboard trails for all ages and skill levels. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders will have no problem finding slopes and trails that cater to their skills.

There are a total of 55 runs and trails available at this ski resort in New Mexico, from wide beginner slopes to tough bump runs, plus three terrain parks!

The area typically gets an annual snowfall of 15 feet with enhanced snowmaking all the way to the summit of Sierra Blanca!

Download the Ski Apache trail map here.

New Mexico’s Only Eight-Passenger Gondolawoman snowboarding down slope

Ski Apache visitors will enjoy picturesque Sierra Blanca views from up to 11,500 feet high aboard New Mexico’s only eight-passenger gondola! Perfect for trips up the mountain for groups.

Ski Apache also has 10 additional lifts, making it easier for riders to get to and from the best slopes on the mountain.

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

No skis? No problem! 

Ski Apache Rentals offers ski and snowboard rentals for kids and adults from brands like Burton, K2, and Head at affordable prices. Equipment rentals include snowboards and ski boots.

Ski Apache also offers snowboard repair, including base welding, tune-ups, and waxing.

SKI & SNOWBOARD LESSONS FOR ALL AGESgroup lessons at ski apache new mexico ski resorts

Whether it’s your first time on the slopes or you’re just looking for a refresher course, Ski Apache’s expert instructors will have you skiing or snowboarding in no time!

From private and group lessons for children and adults, Ski Apache has something for everyone.

Plus, Ski Apache also offers adaptive sports lessons for individuals with disabilities. The program’s certified instructors will help those with disabilities access the mountain and experience the winter’s most exhilarating sport.

Private lessons must be booked in advance.

Zipline Adventure

ski apache ziptour riders

Soar above the slopes aboard Ski Apache’s 8,890-foot long ZipTour adventure. Starting at 11,000 feet in elevation, Ski Apache’s Ziptour takes riders through an adrenaline-pumping adventure and speeds up to 60 miles per hour!

Want to enjoy the adventure with a friend? The ZipTour also has optional side-by-side ziplines.

Good Eats At Inn of the Mountain Gods

From upscale dining experiences to brews and burgers, Inn of the Mountain Gods has something for even the pickiest appetites!

eagle cafe at ski apache new mexico ski resort

After a day of shredding snow, head to Inn of the Mountain Gods where the entire family will enjoy a hearty lunch and dinner. For pub-fare, visit Big Game Sports Bar for a juicy burger or a hearty sandwich and fries. Broken Arrow Tap House has 70 beers on tap, a full coffee bar, and your favorite bar bites. Plus, Broken Arrow Tap House is open for breakfast, making it a perfect option for riders staying overnight at Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Enjoy aged steaks, fresh seafood, and decadent desserts with a view at Wendell’s Steak and Seafood. Perfect for a romantic rendezvous, Wendell’s offers an impressive wine list to pair with their menu of high-quality dishes.

Hotels Near Ski Apachedeluxe room interior

In conjunction with Ski Apache, Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, located on the Mescalero Apache Reservation near Ruidoso, New Mexico, proudly offers New Mexico hotel deals throughout the New Mexico ski season for great money-saving discounts on hotel rooms at New Mexico’s top mountain resort.

Ready to visit ski resorts in New Mexico? Learn more about Ski Apache.

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