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Address: 1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
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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Zip line blast

My son and I did the zip line last week and it was very cool. The views are epic and the staff was very friendly. There are three zip lines and they only last about 8 minutes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Jim L
Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, you can ski and snow board on this beautiful mountain top in Eastern New Mexico. The man-made snow combined with any natural stuff that falls, makes for fast runs and fun. In the summer it is great for hiking and picnicking on the slopes. This beautiful place can be enjoyed all year round. It is... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My son and I did the zip line last week and it was very cool. The views are epic and the staff was very friendly. There are three zip lines and they only last about 8 minutes total so the cost per minute is much higher than other zip lines that I have done but if money is not an... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was hesitant to make the drive because of several mentioning how scary it was. I'm not scared of heights but get a little anxious on mountain hairpin turns. I'm glad I did it. We went on a weekday morning and there wasn't any traffic which helped tremendously. It was not bad at all. The gondola ride itself was very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have done a variety of zip lines around the country and came here because of the length and the height. It did not disappoint for speed and length. The staff, especially Crystal and Tee, were great. The drive up there will take time as 3/4 of the 12 mile drive is 25 mph or less. The view is fantastic... More 

Thank BernieandJune
Leander, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Highlight of our trip!!!!! Highly recommend!!!! Zipline was so much fun. From my 65 year old mom to my 14 year old son.....memories made of a lifetime. During the week cost us each $74 and we did make a reservation. When you get fitted for the harness and get the instruction they made us feel at ease. However going up... More 

Thank vitaguy
Midland, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great little spot to visit during the summer months for lunch. Drove up and had a hot dog and rode the gondola. very relaxing hour or so. OH, and they are PET FRIENDLY.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was so much fun!! my husband & I have been zip lining all over the world. Some have been quite scary, rickety & tied you up with rope, I didn't know better then😱 This place very professional with us, fitted us, we watched a video, & then trained on a trainer. This was the longest Zipline in the US.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Amazing zip line 3 k. Didn't do it because we were too late in the afternoon. Lovely drive to 10,000ft and amazing views. Lovely outdoor cafe with simple food and drink.

Thank Tim R
Tyler, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It may be a great place for locals, who are very familiar but for a family first time skiing with children, it was a challenge! The staff were rude at best. The ladies who register you for ski school were beyond rude. The instructors did the best they could I suppose but weren't much better. The highlight was that it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome family experience zip lining from the top of the mountain(11,400+ ft). Great job by the crew in training, transporting, rigging and providing tips before each segment. Stepping up to the first platform at the top will definitely cause some body parts to construct. But once you pull the handle, you accelerate to about 65mph and the scenery rushes past.... More 

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