Ski Apache Opens Thanksgiving Day, in Ruidoso, NM

Mescalero, NM

Ski Apache will kick-off its 44th season this Thanksgiving Day. A new terrain park, new snowmaking capabilities and high elevations allow for winter fun every day through Easter. The Ski Apache mountain resort located near Ruidoso, New Mexico offers elevations of 9,600′ and 11,500′ covering 55 trails with 11 lifts, including New Mexico’s only 4-passenger gondola. With relatively mild temperatures and sunny skies, skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities can enjoy a great experience in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.

The new website allows skiers and snowboarders to make reservations ahead of time for Ski School and group lessons. Beginners receive a free lift ticket with a purchase of a lesson, while lessons for all abilities, including private lessons, are offered at competitive rates. Group lessons are available to riders 7 years or older, while Kiddie Korral children lessons are offered to 4-6 year olds with all day instruction. “Weekdays Only,” “Weekend Only,” and “Full Season” passes are available at great values.

The Ski Apache snowboard and ski rental shops have been expanded and offer high quality equipment with expert technicians on hand for immediate service. With over 1,500 sets of skis and more than 300 snowboards, the full service shops are conveniently located and minimal fitting time means more time on the slopes.

Smokey’s Terrain Park will open this season to become SkiApache’s first terrain park for both skiers and snowboarders. Byunloading midway on Lincoln Chair #2, Smokey’s Terrain Park is easily accessible and offers several rails and jumps for learning andpracticing tricks.

The mountain resort also features a Sport Shop, indoor andoutdoor dining, and a large bar on site. Lodging accommodations inRuidoso include motels, hotels, condos, and cabins with lodging/skipackages available. The Ruidoso/Mescalero area offers great restaurants, sightseeing, shopping, casinos, night life, and tubing for additional enjoyment while visiting the mountain. For more information visit, or call Ski Apache at (505)-336-4356or the Chamber of Commerce at (800) 253-2255.

The Ski Apache mountain resort is owned and operated by theMescalero Apache Tribe. The 4,000 member Mescalero Apache tribe is located near Ruidoso, NM. Other tribal enterprises include: The Inn of the Mountain Gods and Casino Apache (re-opening March, 2005), the Casino Apache Travel Center, Ski Apache, Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course, and more. For more information go to