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Ski Apache

1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Only one line

Weather did not cooperate & unfortunately we were only able to do one line. Staff was informative... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Claudia G
San Antonio, Texas
via mobile
Worth the long drive from the highway

I went on a Friday and no one, except myself, had reserved ahead, but 7 other people ended up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Autumn S
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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” (107 reviews)
“gondola ride” (28 reviews)
“green runs” (13 reviews)
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1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Weather did not cooperate & unfortunately we were only able to do one line. Staff was informative & helpful. Hopefully next year I can head out & try the higher one

Thank Claudia G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on a Friday and no one, except myself, had reserved ahead, but 7 other people ended up showing up just a little bit after myself, so I had to wait a long time to get going. I arrived around 11:00am and left around...More

1  Thank Autumn S
Reviewed 1 week ago

So I didn't go to Ski Apache for the zip line but I did go for the zip line. In fact I drove over 4 hours for the zip line. It did not disappoint. Our guide was Wynn and he was amazing. He made it...More

Thank stepgonz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The snow wasn’t that good this year but the zip line was so much fun!! Highly recommended! It is in 3 legs and the first leg of it is the fastest which it is a mile long from the top. The second and third are...More

1  Thank kiki300
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

2  Thank BriegelDgo
Reviewed 13 January 2018 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 11 January 2018

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

Thank Blanca V
Reviewed 10 January 2018

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

Thank Mercedes E
Reviewed 10 January 2018 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
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2 January 2018|
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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
27 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