Season-Long Special Events and new Flaik™ GPS Tracking
Mescalero / Ruidoso, NM ( November 2011 ) – Ski Apache, New Mexico’s southern-most ski area located in Mescalero just 85 miles southwest of Roswell, N.M. and two hours north of El Paso, Texas, has opened for its 50th season on the slopes of the Sierra Blanca. The Southwest’s premier mountain ski resort began the season with its annual Party on the Mountain Saturday, October 22, followed closely by the 2011 Warren Miller film premiere Nov. 19 and opening date was Thanksgiving Day 24. A new benefit for resort guests this year will be the addition of the Flaik™ GPS tracking device.
Situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, New Mexico and resting at 11,500 feet with a vertical drop of 1,800 feet, Ski Apache’s dry, arid climate makes for optimal snow conditions for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Fifty-five trails served by 11 lifts (triple and quad chairs), including New Mexico’s only gondola virtually eliminate long lift lines, keep visitors busy all day long, making the mountain’s four-diamond resort accommodations at Inn of the Mountain Gods a welcome resting place après ski
Starting Thanksgiving Day the mountain is open seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lift tickets are $54 for adults, $47 for seniors (60 years and older), $43 for military personnel, $45 for teens (13-17 years) and $34 for children under 13. Group ticket discounts are also available in addition to individual ski and snowboard equipment rentals, $20 for adults and $12 for children. Lifts run daily including holidays and more than 100 instructors are available daily for lessons. And with 15 feet of average annual snowfall in addition to its snowmaking capabilities, Ski Apache’s three terrain parks provide the hottest action on the mountain featuring five standard boxes, one rainbow box, three flat rails, one battleship rail, one flat-down-flat rail and one A-frame rail.
New this season, Ski Apache is offering skiers and riders the opportunity to outfit themselves with flaik™ Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking tags, making it possible to locate children and guests on the mountain in real-time, while also providing a chance to track their day on the mountains, recording information such as lifts used, runs explored and more. Those enrolled in private lessons will have the option of wearing a GPS tag as well. The tag itself uses cellular technology via a Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) network and transmits information which is then collected by a central server, enabling flaik™ to not only pinpoint a guest’s exact location, but also his or her physical relationship to other guests or resort staff as well. Once registered on www.flaik.com users can view statistics from their day on the mountains and share them with friends and family.
Supplementing the epic skiing and riding conditions, Ski Apache invites guests to take part in other mountainside events including the Dummy Gelunde and Torchlight Parade Sunday, Dec. 18, free Music on the Mountain and Terrain Park Competitions every other Saturday afternoon and, Kids Klub activities which take place on Sundays from Jan. 2 through Feb. 20. Wrap things up with the Pond Skimming Competition on March 19 and snow-lovers have a season full of fun and games at the region’s top ski area.
For those who just can’t wait to see the fresh powder in all its glory, Ski Apache offers a live web cam, found at www.SkiApache.com, along with an interactive trial map, up-to-the-minute weather conditions and snow reports, also available via RSS feed and text alerts, so skiers and boarders are never out of the loop.
For more details on Ski Apache visit www.skiapache.com or call 575 464-3600. For more information on Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino or its associated enterprises, visit www.InnOfTheMountainGods.com or call 888-262-0478.
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