Plan a Ruidoso Ski Vacation

Ins and Outs of Ruidoso Skiing

Consider renting a cabin for your next Ruidoso ski vacation.
Ruidoso, New Mexico
has been named the Playground of the Southwest and  for good reason. See why Ruidoso consistently ranks as a top skiing destination for folks who can't drop everything and head to Colorado or Vermont - or for those who enjoy a bit of sunshine while on the slopes.  With clear skies and a moderate temperature even those from the South can handle, it’s easy to see why so many travelers like to ski in Ruidoso.

While skiing or snowboarding are the more popular sports, there are several other ways to enjoy the snow if riding a lift to the top of Sierra Blanca Peak sends your acute case of acrophobia straight into overload. Sierra Blanca Peak overlooks Ruidoso and from its peak you may enjoy 360 degree views of Ruidoso from an aerial perspective. Other activities to consider if you’re looking for something closer to the ground include snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. Who says you have to have a panic attack just to be able to play in the snow?

Ski Apache Ski Resort in Ruidoso New Mexico is the go-to spot for all your skiing and snowboarding needs. With 55 runs and 11 lifts at Ski Apache, you can be sure to find a trail that's suitable to your skill level, whether you're the type of skier who likes to ski black diamonds, or you prefer to keep it low key on the bunny hill. With the only passenger gondola in the state and all day ski school, Ski Apache is a favorite among locals and out-of-towners alike. And if you're worried about not getting as much snow as you may find at some of the Colorado Rocky Mountain resorts, rest assured that Ruidoso receives over 15 feet of snow each year.

Don't have your own ski or snowboard equipment? No problem. Ski Apache has everything you need on site, from the right fitting skis to that cool snowboarding jacket to those goggles and gloves you forgot to pack. Other ski shops in Ruidoso to check out are Action Ski and Snowbard, A-Frame Ski Shop & Stan's Snowboard Shop, St. Bernard Ski & Snowboard SuperStore, Wild West Ski & Snowboard Shop, Rocky Mountain Sports, Ski Ruidoso Ski Shop and Alto Ski Shop. There are plenty of places for you to rent or buy ski equipment within reasonable distance of your Ruidoso vacation rental to help you out in a bind.

What to pack:

  • Ski boots
Find some ski boots with traction so you don't slip and fall in icy areas.

  • Sunglasses
Sunglasses are essential for keeping the sun out of your eyes.
  • Goggles
While they may look silly, a good pair of ski goggles works wonders for your visibility on the slopes

  • Thermal underwear
If you visit during Spring, you may not need these, but those who tend to get cold should pack these just in case.

  • Wind breaker/water resistant jacket
A light windbreaker to keep the snow and rain off is a life saver.
  • Wicking pants
Make sure your pants are waterproof; you may be spending more time on your derriere as you get back into the swing of skiing.
  • Ski cap or hat
To keep your ears warm of course.
  • Sunscreen with at least spf 15
The sun can be stronger when skiing than at the beach, due to the high altitude, so protect your epidermis
  • Gloves
Numb fingers are no fun and useless, to boot, when trying to steer your way down the mountain
  • Thick socks
Your toes will thank you.
  • Layers
Since it can get warm in Ruidoso during the spring, wear layers to account for the changing temperatures
  • Emergency snacks/flask
Food can get pricey, especially in ski resorts, so bringing some nuts or a granola bar is a great way to keep your blood sugar level - for cheap and a sneak of Schnapps on the lift should give you the lift you need.

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