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Address: 1286 Ski Run Road, Ruidoso, NM 88312
Phone Number: +1 575-464-3600
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thu - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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What a drive and view!

We were there the end of October and the chairs and zip line were down for maintenance in preparation for the coming ski season. Just bad timing on our part but the zip line and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
J Craig W
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove up to Apache Ski just for the drive and view and it was totally worth it! It's about a 25 min drive up from the main road to the ski area. But, it's worth the drive even if your not going to ski. The view is gorgeous with a scenic area where you can park and take pictures. Once... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss out on this adventure! Thrilled that we took the time for this experience. Zipping above the trees WOW!!!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there the end of October and the chairs and zip line were down for maintenance in preparation for the coming ski season. Just bad timing on our part but the zip line and ski area looked great. We will come back later in the year a give it a try. The drive there is a thrill in itself.... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Really great place for skiing. There are a number of trails with different levels of difficulty to ski. There is a ski shop that provides rentals on some equipment but I don't believe they rent out boards or skis . You can rent those at local ski shops in Ruidoso if you are in need of some. There are many... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This is one of the all time BEST place to do zip lining. The staff were VERY friendly..first you pay and then sign waivers and watch a short video. Then the staff will fit you with the equipment and do a drill which is VERY easy to do even for us old folks. Then you get in a jeep for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a MUST when traveling to Ruidoso. We have zip lined in Maui, Hawaii before which we loved, but this zip line was definitely more of a thrill! You will be going a mile down the first zip line and you will doing up to 80 MPH, total rush and definitely worth every penny. We were privileged to get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 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 

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Godley, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

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 

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Bastrop, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

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

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