8 Reasons to Visit New Mexico Ski Resorts – Ski Apache

For New Mexico ski resorts with unrivaled snowboarding and skiing opportunities, there’s only one spot to visit this New Mexico ski season: Ski Apache.

Ski Apache is the United State’s southernmost ski area, offering some of the best warm-weather skiing in the country. Nestled along scenic Sierra Blanca, NM, Ski Apache boasts breathtaking views throughout the ski area, with elevations reaching 11,500 feet—that’s a lot of ski trails!

Snowboarding and skiing aren’t the only fun activities to be had at Ski Apache.

Here’s 8 reasons why Ski Apache stands above all other New Mexico ski resorts:

young skier going down a slopeSlopes & Trails for Beginner & Advanced Riders

Ski Apache boasts an assortment of ski and snowboard trails along Sierra Blanca for all ages and skill levels. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders will have no problem finding slopes and trails that cater to their skills.

Trails and slopes include wide beginner slopes, the Apache Bowl near the peak of Sierra Blanca, some tough bump and runs, enjoyable cruising runs, bunny slopes, and a terrain park with an assortment of rails, tubes, and jumps, and much more!

With a peak of 12,000 feet, the area typically gets snowfall over 15 feet with enhanced snowmaking all the way to the top of the mountain! Ski Apache has 11 lifts, including New Mexico’s only eight-passenger Gondola, that takes visitors 11,400 feet up the mountain.

Download the Ski Apache trail map here.

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

No skis? No problem! Ski Apache offers several ski and snowboard rentals from brands like Burton, K2, Head, and more. Rentals include:

  • Ski boots in sizes from child 7.5 to adult 16.5
  • Skis
  • Poles
  • Demo packages that include boots and equipment
  • Snowboards from sizes 90 cm to 164 cm
  • Snowboard boots in sizes from child 13 to adult 15

Ski Apache also offers snowboard repair including base welding, tune-ups, and waxing. The rental shop is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call (575) 464-3691 for more information and pricing.

Skis and snowboards at ski apacheExpert Ski & Snowboard Lessons

Whether you’ve never skied before or are looking for a refresher course, Ski Apache offers several ski and snowboard lesson opportunities for kids and adults.

Ski and snowboard lessons can either be private or within a group, with group and private beginner lessons for kids and adults. Lessons typically last 50 minutes, with private lessons having a 100-minute option.

Ski Apache also offers a full-day program for kids, with several packages to choose from. These full-day lessons include a morning lesson and an afternoon lesson. The program includes lunch, a lift ticket, custom picture, and a report card on how your child progressed throughout the day.

All lessons must be booked in advance. Ski and snowboard lesson prices vary from $25 per person to $175. Call (575) 464-3643 to book your lesson.

Hotel Deals For Ski Season

In conjunction with Ski Apache, Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino (located on the Mescalero Apache Reservation near Ruidoso, NM) proudly offers several weekday, weekend, and multiple night hotel deals and packages throughout the New Mexico ski season! Right now, Inn of the Mountain Gods is offering the following hotel and ski packages:

Each package includes breakfast at Gathering of the Nations Buffet, lift tickets, a lunch food credit, a dinner food credit, roundtrip transportation to and from Ski Apache, and rentals!

Check out Inn of the Mountain Gods’ latest hotel deals.

woman gliding down zip line at ski apacheThrilling Ziptours

Ski Apache doesn’t just offer phenomenal skiing and snowboarding. Take to the skies—11,489 feet to be exact—for a thrilling adventure on the Apache Wind Rider Ziptour at Ski Apache! With 3 spans of zip lines encompassing over 8,000 feet, the Apache Wind Rider Ziptour is one of the longest, adrenaline-pumping zip lines in the world!

Want to experience the Apache Wind Rider with a friend? The zip line includes optional side-by-side zip lines. Tickets start at $77 for children ages 10-12 and $84 for adults ages 13 and up.

Find out more about Apache Wind Rider Ziptour.

Nightlife & Entertainment

After an eventful day of shredding the slopes, visit the Main Day Lodge Spirit Bar at Ski Apache for drinks with panoramic views of the Sierra Blanca. Or visit Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino for great gaming like live poker and blackjack, slots, and more at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino.

Inn of the Mountain Gods also hosts several live shows and national acts throughout the year. Hotspots include the Club 49, LOL Comedy Club, Wendell’s Lounge, and the 1852 Treaty Room.

Visit Inn of the Mountain Gods entertainment calendar for upcoming shows and concerts.

Big Game Sports BarMouthwatering Dining

Feed your hunger after a day of snowboarding with fantastic dining options at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.

Enjoy world-class dining at Wendell’s Restaurant or grab a drink at Wendell’s Lounge with local music on select days in a laid-back setting. Big Game Sports Bar features bar favorites with TV screens throughout the bar.

Explore the dining options at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort.

On-Site Shopping

Ski Apache has two on-site shops: Summit Sport Shop and the Ski Apache Snowboard Shop. While each shop is popular for its rentals services, you can also purchase new equipment, including clothing like hats, outerwear, gloves, and snow boots, Ski Apache souvenirs, accessories, and essential sundries like lip balm and sunscreen at Summit Sport Shop.

Ski Apache Snowboard Shop is the stop for snowboard rentals with 315 different snowboards and 315 different pairs of boots. The shop also has snowboard lockers available to guests. If your snowboard is need of a tune-up, the Snowboard Shop also has repair services.

Ready to go skiing? Learn more about Ski Apache tickets, passes, events, and more.

Looking for more adventure? Check out these thrill-seeking activities in Mescalero.

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