Ski Apache

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Ski Apache
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Ski Apache is located in New Mexico
Ski Apache
Ski Apache
Location in New Mexico
Ski Apache is located in the United States
Ski Apache
Ski Apache
Ski Apache (the United States)
LocationLincoln County, New Mexico, USA
Nearest cityRuidoso, New Mexico
Vertical1,900 ft (579 m)[1]
Top elevation11,500 ft (3,500 m)
Base elevation9,600 ft (2,900 m)[2]
Skiable area750 acres
Runs55 total
20% beginner
60% intermediate
20% advanced
Longest run"Sierra Blanca Trail" ~ 2.5 miles
Lift system8 total (1 gondola, 3 quad chairs, 4 triple chairs
Terrain parks2

Ski Apache is a ski resort in southern New Mexico, on the slopes of Sierra Blanca mountains. It is owned and operated, since 1963, by the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Ski Apache was the only ski resort in New Mexico with its own gondola lift, until Taos Ski Valley obtained a gondola lift. Runs in the resort include Apache Bowl, an intermediate run on the upper west side of the mountain known for its wide, open space, and views from the top of Chairlift 6; Capitan, a steep, challenging pitch that drops 475 feet; and the Gondola Liftline, a steep and narrow advanced run that runs from the top of the mountain to the main lodge. Another run is Snow Park, which is known for being one of the most difficult beginner runs in the world,[citation needed] steeper than some "blue" runs at the resort. Ski Apache has nine lifts including one gondola lift, three quad chairlifts, and four triple chairlifts. The resort receives an average annual snowfall of fifteen feet.

Ski Apache also has three zip lines. The longest is one mile long and starts at 11,500 feet elevation.

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Coordinates: 33°23′50″N 105°47′57″W / 33.39722°N 105.79917°W / 33.39722; -105.79917