Ski Apache Challenge Topo Map

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Ready for a hill challenge that climbs up the eastern slopes of the highest mountain in southern New Mexico—Sierra Blanca (elevation 12,003 feet)? This “white mountain,” which the Mescalero Tribe believes to be the home of the Apache god Ussen, dominates the cyclist’s view, especially when the summit is snowcapped, which can last into late spring or early summer. The route travels from Alto 12 miles up to the base of Ski Apache and provides one of the most spectacular rides in the state. The real test of endurance comes about halfway to the ski basin with a series of narrow switchbacks crisscrossing the mountainside. Using those granny gears will be worth it when you reach the overlook at Windy Point. Terrain: A ski hill with a good warm-up, then pretty continuous climbing. The steepest part gains 2,000 feet in 6 miles. The first half of the descent involves extremely tight switchbacks.
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Ruidoso, New Mexico

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