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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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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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Can't hold the weather against the staff.

My family recently visited Ski Apache from Houston, TX. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and knew that the lack of snow was in no way the fault of the staff. It seemed several... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Friendswood, Tx
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Zacatecas, Mexico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

ski Apache was a little quiet time for our family, we went for the first time, and rent the equipment in the small village there where our hotel was, it was cheaper and the guys in the store were helpful all the time, kind. we would definitely go back soon.

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Chihuahua, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We came to Ski apache last year on super bowl's eve, and decided to keep coming as frequent as possible, as you can imagine is just a mountain with snow for skiing and snowboarding, lifters are not too crowded as well as the trails, you can start from the very beggining in the easy trails and make your way to... More 

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Friendswood, Tx
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My family recently visited Ski Apache from Houston, TX. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and knew that the lack of snow was in no way the fault of the staff. It seemed several people could not grasp that concept and were a bit rude to the staff who naturally responded in kind. All were very nice to us. The gentlemen... More 

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Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Some people on administration are not friendly, but in general very nice. I really like the infrastructure. We went there with our 6 years old daugther for her to sky. She got a fantastic coach, she learn a lot from her.

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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

One word: Awesome!! Great staff,especially Isaiah and Crystal. It was sooooo fun! The views were unbelievable.

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Dallas, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is the worst mountain ever. Terrible terrain. No snow. Horrible accommodations and the the ski patrol is completely rude and incompetent. I beg you to please go somewhere else. So bad.

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Friendswood, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I am always a very hesitant skier, but this place was perfect for me. It also had the advanced areas which my 14-year-old son was able to do without any adult supervision. The facilities at the ski lodge were amazing, staff was amazing, and the instructors were super.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Marketed as the "longest zip in the lower 48", Ski Apache's 3-zip tour does not disappoint. Once geared up and after a short video instruction and guided warm-up, guests are loaded into a gondola ski lift up to a breath-taking 11000 ft summit. From there (we had snow), a short snow mobile ride to the first zip. This is the... More 

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Liberty Hill Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We enjoy ski Apache; it's the closest skiing to us in Austin. While there are better places to ski, it's a great spot to enjoy. I almost have more fun there in the summer time mountain biking down the mountain.

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Houston, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We were there last week...The weather was so nice...and we were lucky to see snow rain when went there...It is so beautiful. Lots of activities for all ages. If you do not know how to ski, no problem. You either attend quick class to know how or just play with the snow. There are hiking trail or walking up and... More 

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