Owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, Ski Apache touts a system of 11 ski lifts and is committed to keeping snow people safe while they enjoy nature's amusement park. The mountain offers dozens of trails for snowboarders and skiers of all skill levels, from first-time bunny slopers to double-black-diamond enthusiasts. Hitting the powder with friends or teaching an enemy that "french fry" skis are better than "pizza slice" skis when approaching a deep chasm can lead to a well-earned cup of cocoa at the bottom of the mountain and an overwhelming adrenaline rush to do it all over again.
The chefs at Centennial Steakhouse at Zia Park Casino do more than sear hand-cut, USDA-quality aged rib-eye, filet mignon, and porterhouse steaks to order. They also handcraft creamy hollandaise sauce for topping grilled asparagus and salmon oscar, roast garlic for flavoring fluffy mashed potatoes, and prepare sweet, buttery lobster tails for storing surplus casino winnings. Along with the lengthy wine list, the chocolate-brown interior's soft lighting and private booths make it an ideal spot for a date.
Although the views of the Sacramento Mountains are imposing and majestic at ground level, nothing can compete with approaching them from 10,000 feet above. That’s why the staff at Skydive White Sands offers a range of jumps and classes that let guests get a bird’s-eye view of the mountain peaks, smooth white sands, and roller-skating clouds while feeling the rush of an adrenaline-pumping free fall. Staff members send jumpers into the air in a Cessna 206, then strap themselves to students for a tandem jump or teach them how to man their own parachute during the seven-level skydiving-licensing program. While in flight, clients can choose to record their experience with a handheld camera that documents their free fall and peaceful descent to the ground.
Nestled next to docile, rolling golf greens and the defiant crags of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, The Lodge at Sierra Blanca provides a luxurious getaway against a backdrop of natural beauty and rousing local attractions. The one-bedroom and studio king suites offer hotel-goers more than 500 square feet of space to stretch one’s feet, play hopscotch, and arrange travel-sized shampoos. In addition to standard amenities such as cable TV and free high-speed Internet, suites offer both living and sleeping areas, a king-sized bed, fully equipped kitchenette, in-room fireplace, two-person whirlpool tub, and a balcony or patio. Area visitors can browse local shops or spend the day golfing, skiing, or cruising the town and its myriad local attractions. When taste buds begin to whine and bicker, offer them relief at an upscale restaurant and take advantage of the complimentary breakfast in the hotel for both mornings of your stay.