Ski Apache

Ski Apache is a ski area located in the state of New Mexico in USA. The resort is in the town of Alto, NM.

Ski Apache is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Ski Apache.

Ski Apache Lodging:

Ski Apache Terrain Overview

Ski Apache has a total of 55 ski trails, which are serviced by 11 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 750 acres, Ski Apache has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 304 hectares, 1 square miles, or 3 square kilometers.

Ski Apache's slopes see on average 180 inches (71 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 15 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
750(3 km2)
Annual Snowfall
180"(71 cm)

Ski Apache Elevation

Ski Apache has a summit elevation of 12,000 feet, or 3,657 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 10,100 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,900 feet (579 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 12,000 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
12,000'(3,657 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,900'(579 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
10,100'(3,078 m)

Ski Apache Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
47.5out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Ski Apache can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Ski Apache has 750 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Ski Apache is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
20%(150 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
60%(450 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
20%(150 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Ski Apache good for beginners?

Ski Apache can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Ski Apache Location

Ski Apache is located in the state of New Mexico, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Alto, NM.

Alto, NM 88312 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
33.40000, -105.78000

Getting to Ski Apache

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Ski Apache), its coordinates of 33.40000, -105.78000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Alto, NM to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Ski Apache.

Roswell Air Center AirportROWRoswell, NM72 mi
Cavern City Air TerminalCNMCarlsbad, NM115 mi
El Paso International AirportELPEl Paso, TX115 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Ski Apache, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Ski Apache.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance

Ski Apache Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation12,000 ft
Base Elevation10,100 ft
Vertical Drop1,900 ft
(20% Beginner,  60% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres750
Avg. Annual Snowfall180 inches
Ski Apache Mountain Stats