El Paso skiers looking to get that one last run in before putting away the skis have until Sunday if they want to hit the slopes at Ski Apache.
“We were going to try to push it back to April 8 but it’s a little too warm,” said Justin Rowland, director of operations at Ski Apache. “We are two weeks ahead of when we closed last year. But our last big snow fall was a week before the Texas spring break when we got about a foot of snow.”
Ski Apache, the ski resort in Alto, N.M., near Ruidoso, has drawn more than 140,000 skiers and snow boarders this season.
“The snow, the staff and the beauty of the mountain were all magnificent this season,” Rowland said. “The season was great. We had snow just at the right times. We had a lot of people
up here which kept us very busy. We had a great season.”
Ruidoso was hit with heavy snowfall right before Christmas which helped during the always busy holiday season and again in mid-March when it received more than a foot of snow.
The Ruidoso area was snowed upon again last week which increased the base on the slopes to 102 inches.
“I’m kind of bummed because I didn’t get out there as much as I would have liked this season,” said Felipe DeSoto, who normally plans about three to four ski trips a season. “I took my family up there for spring break two weeks ago and we got covered in snow. I might have to go up there this weekend.”
Rowland said ski conditions should be fair with temperatures ranging from 40 degree evenings to the
mid-50s in the day.
“It’s going to be spring conditions so it’s going to be warm,” he said. “If you get there early, you’ll find some firm snow but then it’s going to soften up and it gets sticky late in the afternoon so I would suggest skiing in the mid-morning like from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.”
Victor R. Martinez may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 546-6128.
What: Ski Apache ski resort. Spring season ends Sunday.
Where: 1286 Ski Run Road Alto, N.M.
Open: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday. The Gondola, lift No. 2, lift No. 3 and lift No. 4 will be open.
How much: $35 adult day pass.
Information: Main office, 575-464-3600; snow report hotline 575-464-1234 or www.skiapache.com.