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Address: 1286 Ski Run Road, Ruidoso, NM 88312
Phone Number: +1 575-464-3600
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thu - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Ski Apache opened under the name "Sierra Blanca Ski Resort"...

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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Fantastic View.....and snow!!!!

Being from Ruidoso, but not have been home in 42 years, I just had to drive up what we used to "Ole Baldy". the peak was so high no trees grew. when we arrived at the ski lodge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Charles F
Sumiton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The closest place for west Texans to ski. Staff is friendly. Don't recommend getting rentals there. They are cheeper in town. And but your lift ticket online saves some money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to experience beautiful breath taking views, sign up for the zip line at the ski Apache! 11,500 feet up...not only do you catch some spectacular views from this mountain while zip lining, the drive (ride-we were on our Harley) for the 12 mile trip up and back down the mountain was truly a must see! Be sure... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beware! Zip Line at your own risk!!!! On July 1, 2015 my family went on this zip line. Most of the staff were helpful, nice and informative. The first part of the zip line, the longest, went great. The attendee who secured our gear was very thorough and followed every safety precaution. The same can NOT be said for the... More 

1 Thank C L
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ski Apache is beautiful! And there's so much to do! You can go skiing, snowboarding, inner-tubing, ride the gondolas, or just play in the snow! They also have rentals for those who don't have equipment, and they have lessons too. A great place for winter fun!

Thank CraftCrazy575
Sumiton, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being from Ruidoso, but not have been home in 42 years, I just had to drive up what we used to "Ole Baldy". the peak was so high no trees grew. when we arrived at the ski lodge, it began to snow and made an already breathtaking view that much more beautiful. It seemed to bring out the wildlife.....eagles, falcons... More 

Thank Charles F
Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love adventure so when we found out they had ziplining on the ski mountain, we were all IN! We called for a reservation (strongly recommended) and were scheduled for 11 am on a Saturday. The website says call before driving up to make sure weather is okay, we called and there was fog, so we were postponed, no big... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were a group of eight, over 65. We had a great adventure. Caution, do not ride Snow Cat. Exhaust fills the compartment and your lungs! Make sure when, making reservations, the Gondola is in service. The ride down, awesome! Note , access road to Ski Apache is dangerous, construction, one lane, no guard rails. Be careful and use chains... More 

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Rhome, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My first time to try a zip line and it was a blast. The guides/instructors were great! They explained everything we needed to know. This was October and there was 3 inches of fresh snow on top of the mountain. Gorgeous views all around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We went because there was a special day last Saturday (with music and refreshments). We did not realize that Ski Apache is now open all year, as the last time we tried to have a look in the warm weather, it was closed down. Everyone was having a good time. There was a zip line and mountain biking. I believe... More 

1 Thank ANNIE S
El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

There was not snow here yet, but there is still plenty to do in the warm weather. There is mountain biking, hiking, disc golf. We took a gondola ride to the top and took in the beautiful scenic views. Really enjoyed it up there.

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