Ski Apache Pushes Opening Date 2017-18

MESCALERO, N.M. (TBD)— Due to unseasonably warm autumn, Ski Apache has pushed their ski season opening date to Dec. 15, instead of Thanksgiving weekend as initially planned. Mountain officials have confirmed that the gondola and Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour will begin operations on Nov. 24 and will be open Thursdays through Sundays.

“While we are expecting colder than usual and above average precipitation this season, we don’t expect to see snow accumulation until late November into December,” said Justin Rowland, director of operations at Ski Apache. “We’ll continue making snow and preparing the mountain for the opening day. In the meantime, we invite people to come to enjoy the incredible views on our gondola and Zip Tour.”

For those looking forward to the upcoming winter season, Ski Apache will be hosting the premiere of the 2017 Teton Gravity Research film “Rogue Elements” on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House. Tickets start at $5 and are free for season pass holders. For more information, visit


As the southern-most major continually operating 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. 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

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