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Ski Apache

1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Great spot!

We rode the gondola ride up the mountain and played in the snow up there. Ride was very smooth and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Texas, United States
via mobile
Fun for beginners

We visited January 2 and 3 of 2018, both full days. My two daughters ages 16 and 18 had never skied... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Austin, Texas
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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” (105 reviews)
“gondola ride” (28 reviews)
“green runs” (12 reviews)
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1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We rode the gondola ride up the mountain and played in the snow up there. Ride was very smooth and had gorg views. Ski rentals were cheap and had a good amount of snow. Drive to Ski Apache was also very beautiful. Only a few...More

Thank mommy12107
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited January 2 and 3 of 2018, both full days. My two daughters ages 16 and 18 had never skied before, and I'm an intermediate skier. There had not been any snow before our trip, so they only had two green runs open with...More

Thank BriegelDgo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s amazing,I recommend staying all day instead of just buying the half-day ticket... is worth it!!!

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing view from the top. Ski apache amazing place to ski with family and friends. LOVE this place .

Thank Blanca V
Reviewed 1 week ago

We Ziplined! The staff were so friendly and courteous. They really made the experience pleasureable.

Thank Mercedes E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place and great moments, thanks to the spanish speaking instructor Al , be sure to get On time to youre lessons

Thank sancheztj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lot of fun. The mountains and scenery are not that amazing most part of the winter since only this mountain has snow (not the ones around it). Also all the forest suffered a fire a couple years ago and as not recovered...More

Thank othonmt
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lessons were wonderful! It was my 7 year old first time sking and the lessons were amazing. My daughter felt safe enough to try all of the skills. Also you can rent all needed equipment.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are intermediate skiers and drove from Houston for 1 day of skiing aware only the bunny slope & 2 short green runs open. We stayed at Inn of Mountain Gods and drove the 45 min to top of mountain by 8:30 am next morn...More

Thank R U
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Ski Apache, was our first time, we went on January 1st so it was crowded, big lines to get the equipment, but after that, was only fun!

Thank Daniela R
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3 January 2018|
Response from Oceanstheway | Reviewed this property |
Hi! We actually drove so I’m not sure. I’m assuming most would fly into El Paso Texas then rent car.
Prashanth S
28 December 2017|
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Response from Diana W | Reviewed this property |
The chances of good snow will be better at Angel Fire & Taos right now but we had a blast at Ski Apache. The beginner slope was great. The drive up is scenic & about 30 minutes, with hairpin curves all over. We had no... More
30 July 2017|
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Response from Arnuminous | Reviewed this property |
Obviously, it all depends on the weather each year. We were skiing at Ski Apache March 5th and 6th, 2016 and while it was warm, slushy spring snow, most of the mountain was open. When we were there this year, February 18th... More