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“Ski Christmas with young kiddos and Teens”
Review of Ski Apache

Ski Apache
Ranked #1 of 1 Tours in Ruidoso
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

The ride up was Beautiful! When we got to the resort there was no one to guide us on where we should go as new visitors we had to ask around! Staff wasn't to helpful at the stores. When we finally got what we needed we dropped the little ones 5 & 9 off for adventure school! They had a blast!My husband and I, along with the teens 19,18,17 went to Snowboarding school and had a Great teacher! The boys did great!

The couple of things I would suggest to Ski Apache
1) Have someone meet and greet the first time visitors and guide them on their way

2)Hire photographers so memories can be captured and visitors can purchase them

Overall was a great 1st time snowboarding experience!

2  Thank Nikki G
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Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Inexpensive, fun and kid friendly, my kids and myself loved it. Ski equipment rental were reasonable and they offer lessons as well. Beautiful place. A bit of a scary drive up the mountain, but well worth the drive.

1  Thank MGRodz
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Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

We did this site in May 2015 and had a blast. The guides were great. We had a blast on all the lines.

2  Thank JohnGunther
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Reviewed November 30, 2015

Wen to the top of the mountain on a rainy day and it is awesome and you have to be careful driving on it but we enjoy it a lot., nice view and nature

1  Thank abelcuba
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Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

The closest place for west Texans to ski. Staff is friendly. Don't recommend getting rentals there. They are cheeper in town. And but your lift ticket online saves some money.

4  Thank Trixie S
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