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“Great fun for the kids” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ruidoso Winter Park

Ruidoso Winter Park
P.O. Box 369, On the corner of road to Ski Apache, Alto, NM 88312
(575) 336-7079
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Alto
Type: Sports Complexes, Amusement
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San Antonio, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great fun for the kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

If you are looking for an alternative activity for kids young to college aged, the Winter Park tube ride is a lot of fun. WARNING: For teenagers who are just starting out skiiing or snow boarding, take them to Winter Park BEFORE they learn to ski at Ski Apache. Once they get "the bug" for the grown up stuff, the tube rides may not hold their interest. This is still great fun for others or those who won't/can't ski well. Don't let the waiver process scare you either...all these places have to protest themselves these days...ENJOY!

Visited January 2013
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Odessa, Texas, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Lines move fast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The lines look horribly long but move very fast. Don't let looks deceive you. Runs 2 and 7 are the best. The apples with caramel, hot chocolate and funnel cakes are great snacks to warm you up.

Visited January 2013
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Lyford, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Christmas Vacation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Unfortunately when we went they did not get snow as they do each year; however, the park makes their own snow. Location is good, parking is adequate, spacing is so-so, the chutes/slides are good and adequate (they have an area for the little ones and higher/bigger ones for the adults and bigger kids), and a very convenient conveyor belt/lifts that take you up. Lines were extremely long when we went (Dec. 26). We opted to spend our time giving my daughter a good time in the kiddie section and the carnival rides which can get expensive really quick at $2 a ride.I was disappointed that they had no area for the kids to just play. My daughter was extremely excited to play with snow, make snow angels, and throw snow balls- she wasn't able to do that anywhere. Pleasant surprises: outdoor heater that you can get close to and warm up, campfire for warming up & making smores, and a small shop to buy or rent appropriate clothing. In our case, the gloves and beanie we had bought our daughter in South Texas were not enough.

Visited December 2012
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Arlington, Texas, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My family and I went to Winter Park after Christmas while on our family vacation. We loved it! It was so much fun! The runs on #5 & 6 were the best! The owners beautiful Siberian Huskey hung out next to these runs by a fire. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Lines were a little long, but longest line we waited in to go down was a little over 20 minutes. Much less time than waiting on a ride at Six Flags! We heard if we had gone at night the lines are shorter, but it also would have been a lot colder!

Visited December 2012
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Amarillo, Texas
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16 attraction reviews
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“Tons of fun, tons of folks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I can't believe there aren't more places out there like this. They have 2 nice lifts (more like all weather moving sidewalks) that take you and your tubes up the mountain. There are 8 or so chutes to go down total. 1 has a decent sized jump, and 2 others are faster, but with smaller jumps. All chutes are a blast. Here are a few tips:
Arrive early (they open at 10) and go on a weekday if possible. These can both help with crowd control.
Don't worry about the 3 hour lift ticket -- you'll be worn out by then.
Vinyl tubes can only be used on the lower lift runs, so there are a lot more of them available. Get the family tubes and double/triple tubes early in your visit (if interested and available) since there are fewer of them. Get the "cloth" covered tubes early and do the "B" lift runs (higher on the hill, faster runs) since these tend to run out earlier. There were plenty of single and double vinyl tubes available the whole time we were there, but people were waiting around for double cloth tubes and family tubes.
The vinyl tubes are limited to the lower runs since the vinyl apparently goes faster. I really couldn't tell the difference.
They have discounts available for night tubing, so it is probably less crowded (a big plus) and certainly colder (so bundle up.)

If you like tubing, this is the place to do it. (They make snow if there isn't enough naturally, so it stays nice.)

Visited January 2013
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