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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 October 3, 2018 via mobile

What a great way to spend the day!! Zip line, hiking, biking, gondola ride and food!! Views are breathtaking. The crew was EXCELLENT!! They were so helpful!! Great memories. This is a must see!! 11800ft AMAZING!!

Date of experience: October 2018
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"el paso"
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"new mexico"
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Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

New to zip lining? Make the effort to try the zip line at Ski Apache Guides are extremely safety conscious and also concentrate on you having a great experience Ask to go with Fred and Junebug! These two added to the whole experience, good at education and sharing their knowledge and history of the mountain.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Micheal and Dave were amazing! We had the best time and the views were beautiful. We will definitely be back again!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 891jamis
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Reviewed September 23, 2018

Five of us 60+ year olds decided to go do the zipline. I was very nervous as was another one in our party. The riggers were very good at explaining things. We demo’ed the gear then we rode up on the gondola. Beautiful ride up. Our guides, Win and Matt, were great and very informative about the area. When we got to the top they reaffirmed all of the rules and procedures. They definitely put safety first. We did three runs and all were great. Loved the views! I was ready to go again.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank gails299
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

Great attraction, incredible scenery.... decently priced. The Ski Apache Zip Line was in one word.... fun. In seven words... a hell of a lot of fun.... From the gondola ride up the mountain to that first launch from the top platform (I was a newbie...) the experience was exciting, adventuresome and....at the risk of repeating myself... fun. Great guides, great view, great time..... highly recommended......

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CruzinThruAgain
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