Ski Apache is gearing up to open for the season on December 15.

The park was originally set to open the day after Thanksgiving however unseasonably warm temperatures forced officials to move the date.

“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, director of operations at Ski Apache. “We’ll continue making snow and preparing the mountain for opening day.”

Ski Apache provides a mix of wide beginner slopes, tough bump runs, a huge bowl, nice cruising runs and a terrain park with jumps, tubes, and rails. It’s situated on the Sierra Blanca Mountains, which soar to over 12,000 feet. The elevation at The Gazebo or The Top is 11,500 feet and is New Mexico’s only passenger Gondola to the top.

Tickets range from $54/child, $65/teens, $74/adult for any one day lift. The park also offers season passes and rates for those that would like to return the next day. For rates, see here.

Other attractions include the tenth annual Torchlight Parade with Fireworks on December 27, where torch-bearing skiers will glide down the mountain to the sounds of traditional Native American music, fireworks will follow. The Zip Tour takes you on a zip-lining trip that rises at 11,000 feet. It’s one of the longest in the world, with a length of 8,900 feet. Ski Apache is also home to three cafes and two shops. There will also be various shows by regional performers throughout the season.

Ski Apache is located at 1286 Ski Run Road Alto, New Mexico 88312 and is about a three-hour drive from the El Paso Airport.

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