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5 tips for new skiers/riders

First Time to Ski Apache?

Watch this informative video that takes you through the rental process, snow sports learning center, tickets, food and beverage, etc.  Everything you would want to know before you come to Ski Apache.  We operate 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the lifts.  Rentals, retail and restaurant open at 8:00 am for the restaurant and 8:30 for rental and retail.

Preparing with Lessons

Ski Apache is well-known as a great teaching facility and offers a variety of lesson plans from novice to advanced and group to private.

If you are a novice or maybe haven’t buckled the boots in a while, consider spending your first full or half day in a lesson to improve your skills.

Beginner lessons start at the top of every hour ( 9:00 am, to 2:00pm)

Private lessons are scheduled on the 1/2 hour (9:30 am to 2:30 pm)

For Ages seven and up our Group Beginner Lesson also includes a Free Lift Ticket … this is the best deal on the Mountain for novice  skiers and boarders.

Ski Apache has qualified instructors on staff so whatever your skill level, lessons can enhance your ski or snowboard experience. Lesson reservations, when available, will make your day on the Mountain run more smoothly. For more information on lessons and reservations – CLICK HERE.

Need lift ticket prices – CLICK HERE.

Interested in lodging options – CLICK HERE.

Dressing Properly

Many of our visitors travel to Ski Apache from warmer climates and are not always prepared for winter weather.

Though Ski Apache boasts one of the country’s mildest ski climates, winter storms and occasional cold fronts can drop temperatures significantly … even on balmy ski days and especially at 9500 feet and above.

The right clothing and protective gear can make a world of difference in the quality of your Ski Apache experience.

Please take the time to read the Layering System suggestion below from the National Ski Patrol on dressing properly before your next ski trip … and don’t worry if you happen to forget an item or two … the Ski Apache Sport Shop has everything you’ll need right at the Mountain.

For more information on the Summit Sports Shop CLICK HERE.

Skiers and Riders Checklist – beyond your board and boots or skis, poles, and boots:

  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Ski or Snowboard lock
  • Bag to carry clothing, boots, etc.
  • Long Underwear
  • Ski Pants or Bib Pant preferred
  • Outer Layer Jacket (Preferably waterproof/breathable shell)
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • Neck Gaiter
  • Turtleneck
  • Sweater or Fleece
  • Socks or Sock Liner (1 thin-medium weight pair should do)
  • Vest (for insulation)
  • Face Mask (if temperatures are well below 32)
  • Warm ups for after skiing or riding
  • Hat or Headband

National Ski Patrol Suggests the Following:

The beauty of layering is that you can shed and add clothing as conditions or your exertion levels change.

A layering system usually includes three components: an inner moisture-wicking layer; a middle insulating layer; and an outer shell layer.

It’s important to keep several things in mind as you consider the numerous styles and fabrics available for each layer. Garments should be lightweight and compressible; if you need to shed a pullover, for instance, it should easily fit into a fanny pack or rucksack. Look for high-quality synthetic fabrics that are breathable–natural fibers such as cotton and wool retain moisture, leaving you damp and cold.

Be sure to choose a shell that is large enough to fit comfortably over several layers and try to select garments that are versatile enough to adapt to changes in the weather and useful for a variety of activities.

Physical Conditioning

Though many of us consider skiing and snowboarding simply winter recreation, it can be a very demanding athletic sport even for the novice . Depending on your skill level and how hard you challenge yourself, some pre-conditioning can be helpful in ensuring you stay healthy and happy on the slopes. Please take the time to read the hints from the National Ski Patrol to get the most from your Ski Apache experience.

Aerobicise and Anaerobicise

In most snow sports, it’s helpful to build a strong base of aerobic fitness. Its what’s going to allow you to be on the hill longer and reduce your chance of injury due to fatigue. Skiing and snowboarding are anaerobic activities as well. This means they require short, intense bursts of energy interspersed with rest periods.


Stretching is the one aspect of pre-season training that should be done every day. Try a program which combines flexibility and movement exercises to increase your balance and coordination for the maximum range of motion.

Strength Training

Preseason training should also include some weight training. Some consider strength as the key to snow sports. The stronger you are, the less you have to try to hold yourself up to make the moves.

The Right Equipment

Like the right clothing, the right equipment is an important part of having a fun and safe trip.

If you don’t travel with your own equipment, both the Ski Apache Ski Shop and Snowboard Shop are ready to provide you with the latest equipment to insure you have a great experience.

Beyond this, review the skiers and rider’s checklist below before leaving home to make sure you have the right gear. And remember, all these incidentals, as well as the latest ski wear, are available at the Ski Apache Sport Shop.

For more information on Ski Rentals click here.

For more information on Snowboard rentals click here.

Road Maps and Driving Directions

Click here for road maps of the Ruidoso Area and detailed driving directions.

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