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Address: 1286 Ski Run Road, Ruidoso, NM 88312
Phone Number: +1 575-464-3600
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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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What can I say? Record snows and hot chocolate oh and skiing lol awesome. Ziplines were in operation. I did not go but looked amazing. I've been to Taos and while this place could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Lubbock, Texas
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Lubbock, Texas
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9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What can I say? Record snows and hot chocolate oh and skiing lol awesome. Ziplines were in operation. I did not go but looked amazing. I've been to Taos and while this place could use nicer bathrooms and some updating, being from Texas it was way cost effective and we had a blast. What can I complain about? Only real... More 

Thank M J
Clifton, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been going to Ruidoso each winter to hit the slopes at Ski Apache. We just returned January 22nd after our most awesome trip to date. We are actually going back (minus the kids) in a week. This place is WONDERFUL for families. The ski school is top notch. Kudos to Pam and the entire staff. Our 6 year... More 

Thank Kristi S
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

All kinds of terrain, good people Great Gondola and Ski School. the zipline is just amazing, the longest zipline in the continental USA and also the highest. We saw deer and elk even wild horses running all around. Over all a great place to go snowboard or ski

Thank Tony A
Denton, TX
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took ski lessons at $81.00 for 90 min including the lift and the gondola. It was closed 2 days due to very high winds. The lodge was a great place to hang out for lunch and a cocktail. Had a fantastic day here.

Thank dladonnalee
Reynosa, Mexico
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sky Apache is the perfect place to family visit, I went with my wife and the kids, perfect to kids fun, they was play with the snow all time, also is a good place to ski from beginners to experts, I like the views from snow covered mountains, I recommend 100%, if you not know how ski only pay for... More 

Thank Mr_Cesar
San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Trail well maintained, enjoyed great ski trip, but disappointed winds forced shut down of gondola lift two days in a row.

Thank Loren A
Trinity, Fl
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, this is a great mountain. There are WAY too many beginners at the base and if you stay there long enough you will get hit, but that's skiing. The slopes are fantastic and very nicely groomed. Lots of options for a diverse group of skiers. There were nice long greens, the Blues were challenging enough, and my... More 

Thank Lisa M
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mountain was spectacular tons of snow! Drive from Ruidoso is annoying and you can't stay on the mountain so you have to drive 40 minutes each day which was exhausting. Chair lift operators didn't pay attention to riders with special needs i.e. Slowing down ththe chair lift to accommodate a ski bike. Several times they ignored our request to slow... More 

Thank Jessica B
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We forgot it was a holiday weekend Sunday and Monday were a little crazy, but Tuesday was awesome! The mountain was a lot less busy! It made the ride so nice!

Thank Lindsey M
El Paso, Texas
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This year the mountain was blessed with amazing snow, but again the staff, owners at Ski Apache fell flat. The roads were not cleared, the bench seating in building are broken (they have been there since I took my boys and they are in their 20's now), the bathrooms are disgusting, not to mention the food. Upside the bar is... More 

Thank mspatron

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