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Address: 1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
Phone Number: +1 575-464-3600
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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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Great Place to Start

This is a great place for ski and snowboard starters. The greens are easy and give them a chance to get going. Then move on to some decent blues.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Clermont, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some of my family and I went to Ruidoso specifically to Zip Line. The road up to Ski Apache is narrow with sharp curves. So if you are afraid of heights not a good road trip. The staff was very friendly. The Zip Line was great fun. I would recommend it highly if you are not afraid of heights. Beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place for ski and snowboard starters. The greens are easy and give them a chance to get going. Then move on to some decent blues.

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Thank 522troys
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

old, tired and empty when we went on a weekday afternoon. I guess this is a winter ski area only. Really nothing was open. I thought the drive up was fun, lots of hair pin turns with 500 foot drops, but I like that kind of thing

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