Ski Apache, owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, is the southernmost major ski area in the United States and is located 16 miles northwest of Ruidoso, N.M. Ski Apache's high elevation averages more than 15 feet of snowfall each winter. Rising from the 4,500 foot floor of the Tularosa Basin to an elevation of 12,003 feet, Sierra Blanca Peak towers above the surrounding valleys and plains. Ski Apache rests on Sierra Blanca's northern flank. Ski Apache provides a variety of terrain for all abilities on 55 trails covering 750 acres, including the huge open Apache Bowl. A vertical of 1,900 feet and the largest lift capacity in New Mexico, allows more skiing and snowboarding and less standing in line.