Ski Apache Resort:
Enjoy the southernmost major ski resort in the country. High elevations provide abundant snowfall, yet the southerly latitude allows for relatively mild winter temperatures. Ski Apache offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding anywhere with 55 trails served by 11 lifts on 750 acres of terrain. The huge lift capacity of over 16,500 guests per hour assures minimal lift lines even on the busy days. Best yet Ski Apache offers more sunny days than most all other ski resorts. Pack the sunscreen as you will need it.
Amenities include a special program for children aged 4 to 6 called Kiddie Korral, restaurants, a sport shop, a bar, outdoor grills, equipment rental and a professional Ski and Snowboard School. There is a good balance of terrain for all abilities from fist day beginner to true expert. Apache Bowl offers some great high altitude open slopes very close to Sierra Blanca Peak. Check out the panoramic views from the 11,500 foot top of Chair #6. On a clear day you can see well over 100 miles at a glance.
The area opens on Thanksgiving Day, weather permitting, and remains open each day through the end of March or early April.
More information can be found at the following:
Ski Apache Resort
Just four miles from downtown, right at the turn off on Hwy. 532 to Ski Apache is Ruidoso’s one and only tubing area. The owner has made a big investment in snowmaking equipment to assure great coverage even on dry years. There is no walking up the hill. Sit back, relax and get towed up by any of 3 different cable lifts. Find bumps and turns, but mostly lots of fun for the whole family. Certain weekends and holidays offer evening hours with tubing action under the lights. Call (575) 336-7079 or see www.ruidosowinterpark.com for more information.
Triple M Snow Play Area
Driving about 1 hour to the south finds you in Cloudcroft at lofty elevations over 8,000 feet – sometimes there is more snow here than in Ruidoso. Triple M offers tubing and snowmobile rentals by the hour, ½ day or whole day. Try 1-800-SNO-PLAY for more information.
D2 Sleigh Rides
Sit back and pull up the blanket for a horse drawn sleigh ride. The sleigh bells will jingle and you may feel like singing as you enjoy your ride. Don’t forget your camera and a hot drink is a good idea as well. Reservations are recommended. Call (575) 257-7836 for information after November 1st.
Ski and Snowboard Rental Equipment:
Rocky Mountain Sports
1103 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso
There are many ski shops in town and a big one up at Ski Apache. However, for guests of Condotel there is only one sensible place to rent your equipment. Rocky Mountain Sports offers a 20% discount to all members of your group with the Condotel discount card in your check-in package. Rocky Mountain Sports is located under the same roof as Condotel at 1103 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso. The shop is stocked with top quality skis, boots, snowblades and snowboards in all sizes. You may reserve your equipment ahead of arrival and avoid the hassle of facing long lines on the mountain. Guests of Condotel also receive a 20% discount on all retail items like gloves, hats, goggles etc. Jackets and bibs may also be rented to keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes. You will save time and money with rental equipment from Rocky Mountain Sports for your winter enjoyment.