Tony Crocker":33jsfmbb said:Ski Apache is the second largest area in New Mexico by acreage, fairly intermediate and laid out about as well as AZ Snowbowl but not quite as well as Santa Fe. It is so far south that it's distinctly in the summer wet/winter dry climate even though its altitude range of 9,600 - 11,500 is adequate. Adam and I skied it in the very big 1992-93 snow year when Taos had a 130+inch base.
Ski Apache is the southernmost real ski area in the US at 33 degrees 25 minutes, about the same latitude as the border between Orange and San Diego Counties in SoCal, or just south of Atlanta for you east coasters. Mt. Lemmon and Ski Cloudcroft are farther south but they are small and infrequently open.
Ski Apache is not the lowest latitude skiing I have done. Portillo is 32 degrees 49 minutes and Arpa Snowcat is 32 degrees 38 minutes. Those are about the same as the US-Mexico border south of San Diego, or Charleston, South Carolina.
Mt. Lemmon is barely lower latitude than Arpa.
I would love to get my hands on Ski Apache snow data. That has to be an interesting microclimate.
Those numbers highlight why our Aussie hills suffer such a short (and lets be honest) and poor season. Perisher and Thredbo are at 36 degrees south and top out at about 6800 feet. The NZ hills like Coronets Peak, Remarkables and Treble Cone are roughly in the same height range but are at 44 degrees south. I've not done any research but surely the Aussie hills would rival other overseas hills with the worst combination of height/latitude?
Come to think of it the Nagano ski areas in Japan are at 36 degrees and about the the same height range but there is the not inconsiderable difference in average snowfall. Without checking I think Nagano gets about 30 feet in the resorts. I don't even know what snowfall Spencers Creek in Oz gets each year but I would guess about 1/4 of that.
Can you help with the Aussie snowfall stats Tony?