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Address: 1286 Ski Run Road, Ruidoso, NM 88312
Phone Number: +1 575-464-3600
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Hours:
Thu - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Skiing, Dining
Description: Ski Apache opened under the name "Sierra Blanca Ski Resort" during...
Ski Apache opened under the name "Sierra Blanca Ski Resort" during Christmas of 1961. Amazingly, twenty-six hundred people an hour were fast carried up the ski run crest via three T-bar lifts. In 1962, the very first mono-cable four-passenger gondola in North America was built to accommodate a greater number of skiers. And it seems just in time as twenty-five thousand skiers showed up for the second season. Since 1963, the resort has been owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Only two years after its official opening in 1961, Robert O. Anderson, the wealthy oil man who built and opened the slopes, sold the resort to the able hands of the Mescalero Apaches. It wasn't until the 1984-85 season that the slopes were appropriately named "Ski Apache". The wood-spired Main Lodge was designed by Victor Lundy ... Proclaimed as America's Outstanding Architect in 1958. Since the opening season of 1961, this lodge has stood statuesque, an unfailing sentry below the crest. With wood spires reflective of the surrounding pines, the Lodge mirrors the natural beauty of the Sacramento Mountains. Lundy succeeded in introducing Modernism architecture with a practical eye towards the skiers needs. Ski Apache offers world class skiing, snowboarding, sightseeing, mountain biking, and the longest zip line in the lower 48 states.
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Great place to learn to ski -- Parents or children!

Back in the sixties, when we lived in Austin and had never skied, our friends invited us to go Ruidoso for a learning experience! My wife and I took our daughter who was just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

What a magical spot 11 elk grazing on the slopes of Ski Apache while zip line riders rode above them Spotted 3 wild horses on the way to the top of the mountain Will return just to enjoy the views

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I was shocked at how run down this place is. It was sad. Seemed like anyone who worked there did not give a dang about anything. The food, the lines, the service, you name it and we experienced the worst they had to offer. I do not recommend.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My son went on the wind rider zip line and said it was amazing. We rode the gondola which offered spectacular views. Recommend planning your activities for the morning. The afternoon monsoons put the kabash on the zip line.

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful 12 mile drive up mountain. Zip line at $75 ride plus Gondola fee to get to top. Employees did not seem to know much. Restaurant at top is a tent with wood benches. Great views from top.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Never had been ziplining before, and wasn't real sure I wanted to do it. From the safety video to the gearing up, the practice run to the actual experience - everything was the best! Obvious that safety is first, but also helping people feel relaxed and confident they can zipline is important to the entire staff. Everyone was polite, helpful... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Back in the sixties, when we lived in Austin and had never skied, our friends invited us to go Ruidoso for a learning experience! My wife and I took our daughter who was just entering elementary school. What beauty! Out of town and in the mountains. Great teachers! And a beginner's slope . . . just for Lisa and her... More 

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Juarez Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I´ve been coming here for almost 35 years, great mountain with great skiing terrain. a couple of years ago they renovated the gondolas with larger and newer ones. Really enjoy skiing here.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Icy... It hurts when you fall... Don't be silly and expect the powpow you'd get in drier climates. packed with people who don't really ski or ride... Or they would be riding/skiing somewhere else. If you were here anyway, for other reasons such as visiting family, then sure.. Go have a day, it's cheap enough! But it's not a great... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Take the gondola to the top and walk the trails in summer. Great exercise in beautiful location. Take the mile long zip line if you are so brave!

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San Angelo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Oh my....the drive up was breath taking literally! Had excellent staff in regard to zipline experience. All the zipliners enjoyed the ride!

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Additional Information about Ski Apache

Address: 1286 Ski Run Road, Ruidoso, NM 88312
Phone Number: +1 575-464-3600
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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