Ski Apache

1286 Ski Run Road, Alto , NM (Driving Directions to Ski Apache)
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Last Updated: 3/28/2015 12:51 AM

Ski Apache Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 11 Beginner
  • 18 Intermediate
  • 25 Advanced
Ski Apache is a ski resort with 10 ski lifts, 55 trails and 750 acres. New Mexico’s southern-most resort, Ski Apache is a sunny and exciting resort drawing from Mexico and the Southwest. Ski Apache is a haven for experts and intermediate, as 45% of the runs are designated advanced and 35% intermediate. Grooming, 3 terrain parks, bowls, and tubing ... hill create a rich skiing experience. Experience southern hospitality and sunny slopes at Ski Apache. Read more

Ski Apache Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available; an extra charge may apply.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Ski Apache Operations



Lifts Open/Total

10 of 10

Weekday Hours

Mon-Fri: 9a-4p

Trails Open/Total

55 of 55

Weekend Hours

Sat/Sun: 9a-4p

Acres Open/Total

750 of 750

Ski Apache Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

9,600 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,800 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

11,500 ft

Ski Apache Ski Pictures and Photos

Ski Apache Logo
Ski Apache Logo
Ski Apache Trail Map
Ski Apache Trail Map
Ski Apache 1 Day Learn to Ski Package, January 24, 2014
Ski Apache 1 Day Learn to Ski Package, January 24, 2014
Ski Apache 1 Day Learn to Ski Package, January 24, 2014

Ski Apache Reviews & Tips (28)

Had a great time skiing with my 2 snowboarding sons and their 4 never ever before snowboarding friends who were taking blues in no time. I treat the staff like I want to be treated and they have always been pleasant and courteous to me. Snow was good; lots more snow than sometimes, did get slushy in afternoon in some places. Had some sleet in the am- weird, and intermittent fog. Apache Bowl lift was closed at least some of one day and the lift on far right of mountain was closed for a huge water leak. It is always better than skiing in Texas so I don't complain. I love Ski Apache; my "home mountain" which is only 10 hours from my home! Wish I could have stayed all week; wish I was still there. It was awesome to have the lifts open until 5 during spring break!
Ski Apache review written Mar 21 2015 - 11:58 PM
Anne Intermediate Skier
Staff was super friendly and helpful. Although it was Spring Break, it was not crowded and the snow was in good condition every day prior to early afternoon. This is a good place to go if the more-northern resorts are not an option. The weather is always unpredictable, but conditions exceeded my expectations for late March.
Ski Apache review written Mar 20 2015 - 06:03 PM
Louis Intermediate Skier
Took the family and had a great time! Had so much snow that you had to have chains or 4 wheel drive to go up the Mt. Never stood in line all week. Had the run of the place. We could not have had a better time! The people there were great!
Ski Apache review written Jan 17 2015 - 06:55 AM
Jerry Advanced Skier
You definitely need to check the weather before going as the snow hasn't been as plentiful as years past. All in all, I just got back from a great trip there. 75% of the mountain was open. I've always liked the mixture of different runs @ Ski Apache.... I'm mostly a blue diamond skier and am only disappointed with the lack of snow on some of the runs. I bought my lift tickets online through Liftopia at what I know to be great savings. If you get a chance to take the Gondola (even for sightseeing), take it immediately... I lost my chance because I waited till the last day to take it and with the winds being too high they shut the Gondola down. Enjoy!!
Ski Apache review written Jan 02 2015 - 06:18 AM
EMO Intermediate Skier
I have been skiing and snowboarding for a long time. This 4 day ski trip was to be for my husband to learn how to snowboard and I was expecting to enjoy it as well, even if it was a small hill. We went the weekend before Xmas 2014 and they had one run open for two days and two runs open for the other two days. Their green run, "Easy Street" is what I would consider a bunny hill, but they have one of those as well. The snow was okay, I wasn't expecting much so my hopes were not lost. I think it is a good place for people to learn how to ski or board but I will never go back. I was bored on my board and ended up reading my book near the fire (I love boarding and normally go all day so this was odd for me). The lifts took way to long for the lines that were there. On four person lifts the lift personnel were letting people go as singles and people were horrible about cutting the line, I mean horrible. A line that should have taken 2 minutes to get through at any resort would take 10 because no one would fill a chair. As an experienced skier and boarder I was frustrated by the lack of consideration by others on this hill but I can't say it is not a good place for someone to learn.
Ski Apache review written Dec 23 2014 - 02:14 PM
Michelle Advanced Snowboarder
Check the weather ahead of time. We skied 2-14 & 2-15. They closed the Gondola due to wind on first day about 11am. It was pretty slushy the second day, about 40% of skiable acreage closed, and plenty of patches of grass (Im not sure how they surmised the avg. base depth of 19in).That being said, since it is a beginner mountain, besides the two bunny slopes there was absolutely no waiting in line for any lift, plenty of room on every run, beautiful views and a ton of fun. I plan on trying Taos next time. If you're going for quality skiing that would be your better NM bet. All things considered though, it was good.
Ski Apache review written Feb 18 2014 - 07:06 AM
Jordan F. Intermediate Skier
Check your skiing area numerous times before buying lift tickets on line, if the conditions are not good lift tickets are non refundable...........
Ski Apache review written Feb 17 2014 - 12:08 PM
Al Wieda Advanced Skier
It was great, not super crowded, quite a bit of slush, but good for middle of March.
Ski Apache review written Mar 18 2013 - 02:15 PM
Beatriz Intermediate Skier
Presidents' Day skiing was great. New. Gondola is awesome.
Ski Apache review written Feb 20 2013 - 07:12 PM
George K Intermediate Skier
If you need to print your lift tickets in town, the Inn of the Mountain Gods was very nice in letting us come in and use their business center to print even though we weren't staying there. Ours got misplaced in the packing and I was stressing about not having them to redeem our lift tickets and ski rentals.
Ski Apache review written Feb 05 2013 - 03:00 PM
Jaime Intermediate Skier
Ski Apache is a great little mountain, one of the best to get your first snow sport experience and to learn on. When the snow is good, the skiing is good. When the snow is bad...well the snow is bad. Great staff, great terrrain parks, plenty of verticle, plenty of beginner/intermediate runs as well. Compared to other mountains the food is expensive and isn't very good, that's my only complaint.
Ski Apache review written Feb 02 2013 - 09:02 AM
Apache Runner Intermediate Snowboarder
If you are a beginner & get bored of the super easy bunny slopes, ask the staff there for the next level up. We did & had a blast being on a more advanced green slope :) The staff there were all pretty nice :) The bathrooms outside were good, but the ones inside the ski rental shop smells disgusting, so if you go into a gross bathroom, just look for others. The gondola is free (once) with the lift ticket. The view is beautiful up there! I'm just a beginner so we went on the gondola right when we got there (so we didn't have to lug the skis around yet) & took some beautiful photos up top. Ski Apache really is a warm ski resort. I get cold really easily so I love that it's not super cold! :) You don't have to dress as warmly. I'd advise bringing extra clothes, but once you get moving, you warm up quickly. I'd say just 1 long-sleeve layer under a good ski jacket may be enough.
Ski Apache review written Jan 20 2013 - 08:10 PM
ZM Beginner Skier
Until all the mountain is open it is not worth skiing there. Too many people on too little lifts.
Ski Apache review written Jan 05 2013 - 08:41 AM
George K Advanced Skier
Took the family & friends to Ski Apache on springbreak, March 9-12 2012, and it was a blast!! It is true though, 60% is blue/20% is green/20% is black so be prepared if you are not a skilled skiier or snowboarder. We skiied 4 days and got there 30 minutes before the 1st lift began operating and parked right in front. That was nice for breaks & lunch-time!! The lines to the lifts were not long, moved along well enough. The only bothersome thing was the trails were not marked well so you didn't know if you were on a blue or even black, until you were on it! Need more signage on the slopes for sure!! Overall, A rating trip and will return in the future. We live on the coast and traded the beach for snow at Ski Apache for springbreak and were NOT disappointed. :)
Ski Apache review written Mar 24 2012 - 12:44 PM
Kristi Beginner Skier
Great place when the snow is good! Ruidoso is a nice little village, though about a half hour drive to the slopes. The road up the mountain is crazy but rarely do you need chains or 4x4 I go a couple of times a year and out of the 10 or so trips up I may use 4x4 once. Watch the weather and check the online snow report if its at least a 40 inch base its good. If not I wouldnt waste time, id go north. Its cheap!!
Ski Apache review written Mar 11 2012 - 03:42 PM
cd Intermediate Snowboarder
Buy your lift tickets the day you are there. We bought our before our trip for a whole day, and only actually needed a half day pass.
Ski Apache review written Feb 28 2012 - 03:56 PM
Shaffer Beginner Snowboarder
Me and a group of friends have been going to Ski Apache for 6 years now and love it more every year...we have boarders and skiers in our group and we can all go wherever we special area for boarders. As long as you understand it is not ski in ski out...that you do have a drive up the mountain to get to the lifts...and that snow accum is hit or miss - it being the southern most ski mountain in'll be fine. The staff is ALWAYS courteous....the lines are always quick...& Josh makes the BEST bloody marys EVER! We rent our cabin through and they are always wonderful. Bring a 4x4 and a good attitude and you'll always have fun here too! WE LOVE SKI APACHE! and thanks for the discount Liftopia!
Ski Apache review written Feb 28 2012 - 01:42 PM
Cheryl Martin Intermediate Skier
We had a pretty good time but not sure I would recommend it. Ruidoso is nice with lots of options for accomodation. Ski Apache is only ok for the following reasons: The greens are very limited and mostly catwalks with a lot of poling - not great with kids. Sking is about 45 min from Ruidoso where you stay. Slow winding roads to get up there. Also, my wife didn't ski one day and couldn't come up to get us after 3 pm as they don't let cars go up the mountain. I had to pay someone $20 to give us a lift into town! Lift operators don't control lines and people just go through the single's only line and cut when it gets crowded. Restaraunts close right at 4 pm when lifts close so you can't get anything to eat when you are done. Staff is ready to get out of there. Just seems like a place that doesn't have a customer service mindset - perhaps of because the way it is owned.
Ski Apache review written Feb 20 2012 - 07:04 PM
Steve Advanced Skier
I last skied Sierra Blanca (now Ski Apache) 28 years ago as a boy in middle school. I remembered long lift lines, rude lift attendants, a packed mountain, and a horrible drive up the mountain every morning. But, being as it is the closest ski area to our home, my wife and I decided to do a long President's Day Weekend and if it was as I remembered, we'd only ski one day and mess around in town the other days. The mountain was great. Snow can be a challenge as evidenced by stories from the locals, but we hit it lucky with a storm the day we arrived. Three chairs have been added and many additional runs since I was last there. Lines on the upper mountain and Chair 8 were pretty non-existent on President's Day Weekend. The gondola had the longest line, so we simply avoided it on Saturday, but Friday and Sunday there was virtually no wait. The Bowl had good snow too. The mountain is primarily blues and blacks. The greens are few and looked pretty crowded. I'm not sure I'd recommend learning to ski on this mountain during a peak time (Christmas/Spring Break). But if you want to ski their blacks, some are bumpy and some are groomed but steep. You will have these runs to yourself most times down the mountain. The attendants were all friendly, and bar prices in line with other resorts. Food seemed high ($11 for a burger at a mid-mountain stand), but we packed our lunch. They have plenty of seating on the lower level of the main lodge. And storage lockers were dirt cheap ($0.50). My biggest issue with the mountain is that when there are lift lines, no one directs it's simply jockeying for position...trying to cut in line before someone cuts in front of you. Kind of crazy. Unfortunately, the drive up the mountain is still a pain. Plan on 12 miles taking 30-45 minutes. Go early for close parking. And, 4X4 or chains were required our first day, so be prepared. But we had such an enjoyable time we are already booking another trip where we can take the kids to experience the mountain. I only bought tickets through Liftopia for one day, as we were not sure if we would ski more than one day. The best discounts are weekdays through Liftopia, but are date specific, so use it or lose it. I had no problems presenting my reciept at the ticket window and getting our passes. I have used Liftopia before and will continue.
Ski Apache review written Feb 20 2012 - 04:22 PM
Bryan Advanced Skier
The staff was super, and my issue with Liftopia was handled after four supervisors got involved (larry, rick, sheryl, and one other), lol. But they were all nice. The only people that were a pain were the ticket sales people. Which it looks like there was a different complaint about in a post I saw. Bart in rental was a blast, making sure to remember everyone's name. Skiing was great, hardly anyone on the slope. Instructors rocked, kudos to JB and Mark. The Terrorists are happy! (think poster in plaza)
Ski Apache review written Feb 15 2012 - 04:55 PM
Bernice Intermediate Skier
Had a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time!!! Ski Apache is a great place to ski!! : D
Ski Apache review written Feb 13 2012 - 02:15 PM
Alvaro Intermediate Skier
The ski package was great! It was inclusive of skis, lift ticket, and ski school. Great pricing for beginning and intermediate skiers alike all you need to add are bibs and helmets.
Ski Apache review written Feb 12 2012 - 02:28 PM
Jonathan Advanced Skier
Snow was good! Everything from ski rentals to service at the lifts were very good! It made for a really good trip for my family.
Ski Apache review written Feb 06 2012 - 10:50 AM
Jay Foerster Intermediate Skier
In response to previous post, Liftopia did offer a voucher/credit/refund due to the lift closures on Monday. Thank you liftopia!
Ski Apache review written Jan 18 2012 - 03:29 PM
Loulou Intermediate Skier
Be prepared if you buy your tickets here on Liftopia and they close the mountain due to weather, you will not be able to get a voucher to ski on a different day. This happened to my family on Monday when Ski Apache closed due to high winds and no visibility. However, the ski shop in town didn't charge us for our skis.
Ski Apache review written Jan 18 2012 - 02:06 PM
Loulou Intermediate Skier
Locals were very rude about cutting in line in front of us to buy their lift tickets. We had already prepurchased ours through Liftopia and just needed to pick them up. Additional people kept handing their money up the line to the person at the window. When we finally complained that enough was enough, the worker at the window threatened to make us move to another window and wait in yet another line. We liked the skiing but found the local people not very friendly. At other ski resorts,people talk to you while you are standing in line at the lifts, but here, only other people from Texas would small talk with you. Others would just look at you, like, why would I talk to you, I don't know you... Courtesies were lacking on the slopes as well. Don't know if I would go again, even though it was less expensive than several other places we have been to ski..
Ski Apache review written Jan 02 2012 - 09:25 PM
Lisa Intermediate Skier
1 go early it gets wicked crowded by time the reduced rates hit 2 higher u go less crowded 3 their bloody marys are tasty!
Ski Apache review written Jan 02 2012 - 02:29 PM
Sarah Beginner Skier
I have been here 4 times. Usually during early March. Hang in the bowl to avoid the crowds. There are a few good jumps in that area as well depending on terrain conditions.
Ski Apache review written Mar 12 2009 - 02:15 PM
Matt Longrider Advanced Skier

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