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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
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 summer visit

We rode the gondola up and then took a short hike up to the very top. Great scenic views and great for the kids, we could even see White Sands. Bring water and snacks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Went with another couple. We are all in our late 50's and early 60's. This was a lot of fun. Equipment was excellent. Guides were very professional and focused heavily on safety. The scenery was gorgeous. The zip line ride was smooth and it was easy to control speed. We are going back to do it again when it snows... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a popular new attraction at Ski Apache--opened January 2015 and it is a thrill and a blast! Call and reserve a spot--number on Ski Apache website--$75 each. After Labor Day it will only be open Friday-Sunday. As long as the weather is calling for thunderstorms, I suggest you book earliest you can--first group goes at 10AM, then every... More 

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libbyswin
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84 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We love ski apache. My 18 yr old did the zipline, great fun, but we paid 25.00 and had to buy an SD card for the gopro camera and after asking multiple times on first run to the worker to please make sure his camera was on. He failed to do this and we didn't know how to work it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We rode the gondola up and then took a short hike up to the very top. Great scenic views and great for the kids, we could even see White Sands. Bring water and snacks.

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Port Aransas, Texas
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54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Ski Apache has opened for the summer months. This year the gondolas will take you to the top of the mountain for some really awesome views. You can see all the way to White Sands fro there. They have several picnic tables up top so feel free to bring a picnic. We also took our dog up to look around... More 

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Sulphur Springs, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Ski School for grand kids helped them learn what they needed to ski for their first time. Was not long lines to go up to slopes numerous times. We all loved the gondola ride.

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Silver city
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We arrived around 5:20, knowing that the gondola lift closes around 6. We only wanted to take a few pictures from the top then get back on and get down to the car. We got there and went to purchase our tickets. A man who works there walked into the office around the same time we did and began asking... More 

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Windrider was a blast. Wanted to do it again. First line was quite a rush! Overall experience as fun, some problems with customer service. A go pro camera was supposed to be available, but I asked the wrong person. Our time got push back because of rain checks. The ride was 5 stars!

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Oklahoma
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We were very impressed with the gondola ride. It was one of the longest rides I had been on. The view from up near the zipline was very nice! Worth the drive up the mountain.

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We all went up around 10:30 am for the zip line. I recommend going as early as possible due to late day storms that will close down the zip line. Six people in our group road the zip line with four children in tow to watch. The resort needs to build or add some type of seating/viewing area for guest.... More 

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