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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
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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Amazing Adventure, Organizational Challenges

We arrived early - 15 minutes ahead of reservation time- for a zipline ride to find no cashier to pay and get us started. We had to leave a drivers license as collateral and pay... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We arrived early - 15 minutes ahead of reservation time- for a zipline ride to find no cashier to pay and get us started. We had to leave a drivers license as collateral and pay after our zipline experience. We were greeted and completed release forms and safety training. Joseph did a great job getting us harnessed and ready to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We went up and had lunch we had a large group of 9 ages 3 yrs to 50 yrs old. It was very pretty. Not much to do in the summer but still very beautiful.

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Sandia, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great for navice south texans . My son caught on quick to snowboarding, That was the best part and the ride up the mountain to the resort required medication for anxiety. It was exillerating

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Boulder City, Nevada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
31 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

At the southern most edge of the Rocky Mountains sits Sierra Blanca, a mountain of nearly 12,000 feet, on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. In 1962, the mountain was open to skiing. Now called Ski Apache, the resort boasts dozens of trails, a fast speed gondola, chair lifts, restaurants and rental shop. When the snow pack is good, the skiing... More 

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Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We usually go every year to Ski Apache and always have a Great time! Our kids really enjoy the snow there. Staff have always been nice to us while there. Like it that it is not crowded when we go. Happy Skiing!!

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Brenham, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We had ONE FULL DAY in Ruidoso planned for months. Wanted to zip line and see top of mountain. Almost everything in Ruidoso is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays even during the summer. Even places we called. BE WARNED. Not happy about it at all.

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Roswell, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Ski Apache has a brand new zip line that is open year round. It is one of the highest, longest, and fastest in the country. It is just barely being discovered, but it is worth the trip to get to the ski area and delight in this attraction. The guides are great and funny and the zip line inexperience is... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Upon arriving in Ruidoso for a family weekend getaway, we stopped first at Ski Apache. This was in June, so it was summer activities rather than skiing. The drive up the mountain is a chore, there is no way around it. Forty-five minutes to go fourteen or so miles and two or three thousand vertical feet. The views are quite... More 

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Ozona, Texas
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My husbands trolley brake failed mid cable, so he was unable to slow himself down causing him to crash into the bumpers in turn breaking the handle on the trolley. They treated him like a common criminal and not once did they ask him if he was okay. Not once. Also, the guy at the end of the line that... More 

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Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The views are beautiful when you take the Gondola Ride and you can also take your bike to run down the trail or adventure yourself in the amazing zip ride they offer

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Additional Information about Ski Apache

Address: 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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