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Address: 1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
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+1 575-464-3600
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09:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Fun for the kids and young at heart. We tried the zip lines and rode the gandola. The slopes closed the day before we got there. Call on advance. Still had tons of fun!1

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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McAllen, Texas
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Jackson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We used a couple of discounts (senior and the Apache casino membership--go there first) to get the price of the gondola ride to the top of the mountain in the reasonable range for us. But after going up there, I have to say even the full price ride is worth it. We saw beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders on... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We brought our four teen boys and 18 month old to hit the slopes. In all fairness we fully expected crappy snow as this winter was fairly mild for South NM. But, snow fall aside...the actual Ski area is OLD. I am sure in 1963 when it was built, it was very nice. But, 2017 - not so much. In... More 

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McAllen, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun for the kids and young at heart. We tried the zip lines and rode the gandola. The slopes closed the day before we got there. Call on advance. Still had tons of fun!1

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Palacios, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make your reservation one day in advance! This is one of the longest and fastest zip lines in North America. It was absolutely INCREDIBLE. While the ZipTour is pricey ($84 per adult), it is a thrill ride for all ages to enjoy. My 12-year-old sister rode the zip line and had a blast. You go through a short training session... More 

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Thank Audry K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

SKIING: Grew up in the mountains of Switzerland and I'm an excellent skier. Thought I'd give Ski Apache a try and coz it was late in the season, the snow was obviously below standard (slushy and icy), but I can't hold that against the mountain. I skied the entire north side in a day, never getting to the bottom (to... More 

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Thank Ken S
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did not ski this time but we did go down the Zip line. Starting at over 12000 feet high. From an 11 year old to our 67 year old grandma enjoyed this ride.

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Thank carla4jc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did not ski, but we paid for the gondola ride to the top of the mountain. A few snacks and drinks sold at the top. The kids were able to play in a snowy area off to the side. Great views! Enjoyed it!

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Thank ImABoyMom
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We only skied one day...kids first time. Ski school was a little disorganized...more kids than expected, magic carpet lift was broken, etc. The did get some instruction however. The snow was, uh, not snow. But it was March so not their fault. They make snow at night so can't expect during the day. Lines were not long, employees were friendly... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren't sure we going to find snow as this season didn't have a lot of snow. But to our surprise it was there. Much more mushy then we wanted but none the less we found some. To rent skies the price is reasonable cost was only $24.00. The lift I thought was a bit pricey after 12:45 it was... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great adventure with kids on the gondola to the top.. watched people fall and we were warm and safe, sorry. Went to the yurt on the top.

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