We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
Phone Number: +1 575-464-3600
Website
Today
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 488 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 194
    Excellent
  • 137
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 26
    Terrible
Great Guides!

Wind and B. Rad made the whole experience a memorable experience. They were professional, engaging, entertaining and kind. They put safety first! The great bonus was the rich... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
mamaknocks
,
Chicago
Add Photo Write a Review

488 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 440: English reviews
Chicago
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wind and B. Rad made the whole experience a memorable experience. They were professional, engaging, entertaining and kind. They put safety first! The great bonus was the rich history of the region, as we looked down over the vast landscape from the top! It is obvious that Wind loves the area and is very proud of its history. Left me... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank mamaknocks
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Totally amazing rides and view! I would do this over and over again! The views are breathtaking, literally! This three part zip line starts at 11,500 feet above sea level. You start by taking a gondola up the mountain then grab a ride on a ATV up to the zip line. Going down the mountain offered beautiful views of the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nevada B
Godley, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow. From the moment we got out of our car this event was amazing. The staff was informative, friendly and helpful. Interacted well with our group. Within 20 minutes the interactions with the guides were as if we were old friends which made the whole experience even more comfortable and enjoyable. We probably had the best guides in Wynn, Matt... More 

Helpful?
Thank Joyce B
Bastrop, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the Windrider zip line tour today and highly suggest it. Amazing views, fast zip lines, great guides! Worth the money.

Helpful?
Thank laceygoodson
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I have been going to Ski Apache for the last 17 years. We enjoy the area and Ski Apache. It's a 9 hour drive from Dallas, Texas. Ski Apache is well maintained and groomed daily. Very clean restaurants and bathrooms. The staff are very outgoing and fun. Ski school instructors do their best to make learning how... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Wendy A
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I first saw the price for just 3 zips, I thought this wouldn't be worth it but I was enticed by the length and thought I'd give it a try. Well the whole package is great and well worth it. The crew did a great job of preparing us and fitting the equipment. Your trolley fits in a back... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Aaron C
Texas
Level Contributor
62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Girls trip 2016 took us to New Mexico. And of course in Ruidoso us flat landers - aka middle of Texas no mountains - decided to drive the mountain to Ski Apache. Hairpin turns, 90 degree turns, a horseshoe turn?? . We laughed a squealed all the way up. I was told there were beautiful views but as I was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sweetie1953
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience! Worth every penny! We all felt very safe and loved all the guides (we had Josie, Crystal, Matt & Matt). They explained everything very well and gave that extra pat on the back when I got a little terrified on the first zip line. It's def up on the top of the moutain. Leave early to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nicole T
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Zipline was great, all the guides were cool, especially Joey. Crystal was rude, ruined it for a bunch of people who waited 5 hours for 5 minutes of Ziplining.

Helpful?
Thank David T
Clermont, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Had a great time zip lining here, but did notice that the property itself is in need of a major overhaul! The lodge needed paint, had broken steps, really kinda sad for such a beautiful location. I am 55years old and grew up here in Ruidoso and El Paso during the 1970's and it looked to me as if they... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank swinghorn1

Travelers who viewed Ski Apache also viewed

 

Been to Ski Apache? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ski Apache and other visitors
21 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (21)

Questions? Get answers from Ski Apache staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?