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Address: 1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
Phone Number:
+1 575-464-3600
09:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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GORGEOUS mountains at 11,000 ft. They've had a dry winter so not much snow. But the Ziplines are going and they are fast...55-60 mph. Woooooo hoooo.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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mcallen tx
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited during spring break with children ages 3, 11 and 17. The bunny slope was packed and there is not designated area where small children can just play in the snow out of the way. The ski lift operators on the bunny slope were rude, yelling and not helpful at all. There is also no safety features on this... More 

Thank heatherm8700
San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the zip line with my girlfriend and myself. We paid about $75 each. We had to take a class prior to being able to ride. The class was long and lasted much longer then the ride itself. However, The views are fantastic! The ride ends up seeming so short because how fast you go on the zip line.... More 

Thank ivandenata
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

GORGEOUS mountains at 11,000 ft. They've had a dry winter so not much snow. But the Ziplines are going and they are fast...55-60 mph. Woooooo hoooo.

Thank Anita C
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I knew i should make reservation one day in advance, but no one answered the phone number (575) 464-3633 on their website. After two or three times calling this number, I found another number to call to make the reservation. Our reservation was at 10:30AM, but when we got there they said we will have one hour delay because they... More 

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Jackson, Tennessee
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75 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

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 

Thank bevhearn
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017

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 

1 Thank Ken B
McAllen, Texas
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 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

Thank bellnhow
Palacios, Texas
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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 

Thank Audry K
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 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 

2 Thank Ken S
Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017 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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