MESCALERO, NM (TBD) – Ski Apache officially opens for the 2017-2018 winter season on Friday, Dec. 15. The United States’ southernmost major ski resort will offer limited terrain, with access to Easy Street and Bunny Slope from two chairlifts. Early season conditions are to be expected throughout the mountain. Guests are asked to obey all signs and closures.

“We’re thrilled to be opening in time for the holiday season,” said Justin Rowland, director of operations at Ski Apache. “We’ve got snow in the forecast so we’re expecting to get more coverage soon. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to getting in some turns.” 


MESCALERO, N.M. (Dec. 13, 2017)— Bottoms up, dummy down! Ski Apache is bringing back one of its most popular events of the winter season. The 10th annual Dummy Gelunde Competition and Torchlight Parade will be taking place at the resort on Wednesday, Dec. 27 starting at 3 p.m.

“The Dummy Gelunde competition just might be our most hilarious event of the season,” said Justin Rowland, chief of operations at Ski Apache. “Between that event, the torchlight parade and the fireworks show, the entire day offers guaranteed fun and entertainment for the entire family, regardless of whether you ski or not.”

The Dummy Gelunde competition is a family-friendly event where participants build dummies and send them skiing or snowboarding off of a giant ramp for a shot at cash prizes. Dummies are judged on height, distance, creativity, landing and slide, and best wipeout. First place will be awarded $1,000, $500 for second place and $250 for third. There will also be live music by folk rock duo Gleewood, bluegrass group Jones & Miles, and funk band ‘Merican Slang. Entry is $25 and must be submitted by 2 p.m. Dec. 27. To enter, call 575-464-3000 or email [email protected].

The competition will be followed by a Torchlight Parade. The parade, which kicks off at dark, features Ski Patrol and other mountain volunteers carving their way down the face of Capitan, torch in hand, to the sound of an Apache Drum circle.

Finally, the evening is wrapped up with the best winter fireworks display in the southwest. Winter revelers won’t want to miss out on this special day.

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