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About Ski Apache
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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docnakona wrote a review Jul 2021
El Paso, Texas50 contributions35 helpful votes
Twice so far this summer we have taken family up on Ski Apache’s Wind Rider Zip Tour. What a blast! Drive up to the base station was pretty and (especially if you get there early) it was pretty quick getting on. The equipment fitting and especially the safety training and “practice zip” was very professionally run. I especially want to highlight the professionalism and patience of Eric who twice helped my daughters/nieces out and got them comfortable with the process. The actual zip tour begins with the big one – a sustained one mile zip that starts out at over 11,000 feet – Wow! If you’re racing some of the younger folks – this is one time where bigger body mass makes a speed difference 😊 . Really patient and expert folks on each of the 3 big zip tours – Mark Luna was our kid’s favorite (good story teller). Safety was 100% in place throughout. Then when you’re all done Eric Trainer picks you up in the “Party Wagon” (Quad/ATV) with EBM music on his Bluetooth speaker to bring you back. Also nice snack bar and gift shops up on the mountain. VERY much worth the ticket price! Will be back soon with more family!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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mikeslady wrote a review Jun 2021
Austin, Texas48 contributions19 helpful votes
The zip tour is INCREDIBLE! I have done zip tours around the world and this was the best by far. The whole experience was pure professionalism at it's finest. We got there early, enjoyed the fresh mountain air while we waited to see if the tour would be a go this morning. at 9am they said yes, got our tickets and we went to wait in a comfortable room for the other to join the tour. In all there were about 9 people in our group by 10 am (huge age variety-this is fun for everyone) and we had an excellent safety brief before doing the trial line. There was a lightning strike affecting the cable cars so we got an off-roading trip in the trucks all the way up the mountain! We were laughing all the way to the top as we bounced along. Dealing with the unexpected like they did was no issue for them. At the top it was very safe on the decks with railings and nets and lots of explanations and opportunities to review the rules. And then we were off flying down the mountain! It was such a blast!!! What I really loved was at the mid-way decks there was plenty of room and no need to be tethered to a tree crowded together. The guides were funny and lighthearted but also completely focused on safety. We LOVED this zip tour. Others in our group were repeated riders. I cannot wait to do it again! We knew it was a bit of a drive up there but the drive alone was so scenic that it was worth it even if the tour didn't go. And if they are sold out, then take the cable car up for a beautiful view and you'll be happy you went. PS. snack bar was a nice treat after our ride!! If you have people who don't want to ride, they might still enjoy the cable car ride and little people can do the snow tubing to pass the time.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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John G wrote a review Mar 2021
Carlsbad, New Mexico17 contributions16 helpful votes
I am a Repeat Season Pass Holder and Any Hopes that this year would be the year that Ski Apache Ownership would do that which is necessary to save this "Once Upon a Time" Well Staffed and Well Run Facility were dashed and flushed with multiple visits during this last month (Feb 2021). Lifts that should be staffed and running are Shut Down! The Mid-Mountain Moon Shine Burger Facility, Patio and Restrooms are in ruins and have been essentially abandoned during these last few years! Trail Grooming is at a minimum! Facility is shutdown and essentially neglected Mon - Wed every week! All of the folks that I spoke with that have been long time customers of Ski Apache are disgusted and dismayed at the obvious neglect and deterioration in facility and customer service! Ski Apache Ownership Must Install New & Functional Management or Sell This Operation to those that care!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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SkiJunkies wrote a review Feb 2021
Katy, Texas4 contributions6 helpful votes
We have been coming to Ski Apache for years- horribly managed. Ticket prices are way overpriced for no flushing toilets - out houses with full toilets - horrible smell. They would not let paying customers use flushing toilet. The only runs open was bunny hill and practice hill for those learning and only one lift open on the entire mountain. They still charged full price tickets $96 with no actual runs open - disgraceful. They charged us $50 pp for cheapest skis and boots. You can get them in town for $16. No covered areas - no indoors allowed- you stand outside with no roof while snowing to fill out paperwork which tears as it is wet. The only place to stand under a roof is the outhouse toilets. Ski Apache desperately needs new management. We have a vacation home in the area and sadly will drive to Sante Fe where it is cheaper - they have better snow and flushing toilets and better managed.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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louArizona wrote a review Feb 2021
Tucson, Arizona5 contributions6 helpful votes
Have known of & skied at Ski Apache since the 80’s. I hadn’t skied there for a number of years. Had skied there most recently Feb 2019 and Feb 2021. This year was particularly disappointing. The tickets have gone up, the service has gone down, the rental equipment has seen better days, the food at the outdoor cafe was mediocre, the lift operators, ticket booth workers, rental equipment workers with the exception of the guy that took our boots to fit skies and a couple of the lift operator guys were really unfriendly. They acted as tho they were pissed off we were there or something. There were only 2 lifts open both beginner. The gondola didn’t run because of high wind. It didn’t seem that windy? The end of one day we stood in long line at gondola to just ride up and take in the view up top. We were told we couldn’t get off at top unless we had skies or snowboard?! What’s happened to this place? Next year I’ll stay in Arizona or go anywhere but Ski Apache. They should open it up to anyone that would like to work there cuz the Mescalero Apaches don’t seem to care about providing top service. Sad.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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