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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
Description:

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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Beautiful area

Close to home ski slopes. Lots of ice. Not much snow. The road is scary to get up and down. I hope they fix it soon. Our ski instructor was good tho. I would go again... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
sherri g
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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is kind of a kept secret. The key to this trip is to be sure there is enough snow. This area sometimes can be a little late on getting their snow. Beautiful drive up the mountain but is curvy so just take it slow. They maintain the roads well. Great family fun for the skiers. Has all levels for... More 

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Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Close to home ski slopes. Lots of ice. Not much snow. The road is scary to get up and down. I hope they fix it soon. Our ski instructor was good tho. I would go again. Hopefully they will fix the road up the mountain.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We drove to ski apache. Brace yourself for the drive up the mountain. It's a little nerve wracking two lane road very curvy low guard rails. When we made it to the ski slopes we walked around to survey the area. There are restaurants, restrooms and a bar onsite. There were many people skiing, snowboarding and zip lining. The facilities... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The wind rider zip line is AMAZING! Have now been 3 times. 1 late July; 2 Labor Day weekend; 3 Dec 30. Wynn is our favorite guide; but ALL staff is very friendly and patient with 'zippers'. Views cannot be compared to any other. This is a MUST DO while in the Ruidoso area. Sort of pricey, but worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed our time at the ski apache. I highly recommend doing the zipline, such a blast, beautiful views. We will definitely be coming back but next to ski and snowboard ❤❤

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Weslaco, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time here and I can honestly say I really enjoyed it. My kids had a blast! Beautiful view from up on the mountains.

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Mission, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time here and I can say I really enjoy it. We had never skii but decided not to get a lesson (kind of pricey for my budget) but that didnt stop us from learning, we manage to learn from ourselves. Beautiful scenery, the drive up the mountain it's beautiful and scary.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The zip line views are amazing and the process worked like clockwork. Best to make reservations so you don't have to wait for availability of equipment. Even if you are not going skiing -- you need to wear ski clothes to stay warm. We were able to catch the torch parade and fireworks this year -- which was awesome.

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Thank Michele S
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I reserved a room in Ruidoso because I heard that ski apache would be a fun family time. This was not the case. We arrived to the ski area, and were rudely greeted by all the employees. On top of it all the 2 trails that were open were poorly groomed, and icy. I don't advise going there. WASTE OF... More 

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Dallas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trip up the mountain takes close to half an hour but the view is worth it. We did not ski or snowboard for time reasons. The place was very busy to due the holidays.

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