New Mexico ski resort offers budget-friendly winter season passes

ALTO, N.M. (TBD)— Ski Apache is offering 2017-2018 student season passes for $279. College students who purchase a season pass will also receive five discounted single-day lift tickets loaded onto their pass to be used at their discretion, as well as three reciprocal days at each of Ski Apache’s nine partner resorts.

“It’s important to us that Ski Apache is accessible to students who might otherwise not have the resources to hit the slopes,” said Justin Rowland, Director of Operations at Ski Apache. “For many, skiing and snowboarding aren’t just hobbies; they are a way of life.”

In order to purchase the full-time college pass, students must present proof of Fall 2017 registration or schedule, as well as a valid student ID. Undergraduate students must be taking a minimum of 12 credit hours and Graduate Students a minimum of 9 credit hours and must present a letter from the school’s Bursar’s Office to qualify.

Ski Apache, the United States’ southernmost ski resort, features 750 skiable acres across 55 runs accessed by 11 lifts. Riders can check out the Apache Bowl at the mountain’s summit or either of two terrain parks located halfway down and at the bottom of the mountain.


As the southern-most continually operated ski area in the United States, Ski Apache’s dry, arid climate makes for optimal snow conditions for skiers and snowboarders of all levels to enjoy. Ski Apache features 55 trails served by 11 lifts, including New Mexico’s only eight-passenger gondola. Ski Apache is a subsidiary of the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, an economic enterprise of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Inn of the Mountain Gods is New Mexico’s premier resort-casino destination situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, New Mexico. Just outside of Ruidoso, the Inn is set in the cool, tall pines of the Sacramento Mountains where visitors enjoy the clean, crisp air, breathtaking scenery, exciting entertainment and the best casino action in the Southwest. For more information or daily snow reports, call 575-464-3600 or visit