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Ski Apache

1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
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Amazing adventure!

Isaiah and Jeremy were the best guides! We had the most fun on this ziplinning adventure! The staff... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tiffany M
via mobile
Spring break

Will definitely return. Slopes maintained, and constantly monitored by safety patrol, facility... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
gritRN
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Dallas, 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” (116 reviews)
“gondola ride” (28 reviews)
“lift lines” (16 reviews)
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1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
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"zip line"
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"gondola ride"
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"lift lines"
in 16 reviews
"zipline tour"
in 15 reviews
"green runs"
in 12 reviews
"fresh snow"
in 8 reviews
"great snow"
in 7 reviews
"runs open"
in 6 reviews
"spring break"
in 12 reviews
"breathtaking views"
in 8 reviews
"el paso"
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"a lot of fun"
in 13 reviews
"sierra blanca"
in 9 reviews
"new mexico"
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"hamburger"
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"beautiful drive"
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"staff was friendly"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Isaiah and Jeremy were the best guides! We had the most fun on this ziplinning adventure! The staff made it fun and easy and a once in a life time experience!

Thank Tiffany M
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Will definitely return. Slopes maintained, and constantly monitored by safety patrol, facility clean with optimal parking. Ski lift in excellent working conditions. Beautiful drive up to top of mountain.

Thank gritRN
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Best zip-lining! Great people! Very scenic! Nick and David were awesome! Must go while your in Ruidoso! Husband and I give it 4 thumbs up.

Thank Marnie J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I did the Ski Apache Zip Line this past weekend and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guides David and Isaiah were very professional, very conscientious, very safety-minded and friendly....they were simply amazing. I do not like heights but this zip line...More

1  Thank Kitty N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nicki and sharron helped a lot thanks. This sounds scary but it isn’t. You’ll feel good about it when you’re done.

Thank Oscar M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the WindRider Zipline for the first time and it was fantastic! Our guides Sharon, Will, and Isaiah were very friendly and knowledgeable. They made the experience much better. We highly recommend this to anyone who's done any Zipline before or if you've...More

Thank Telia S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had to the most amazing experience especially for my first time zip lining! Our guides Steve and Jeremy were so fun and made the experience a memorable one! Super nice and made us feel confident and comfortable!

Thank Viancerzz
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing experience zip lining at Ski Apache! Fernando and David were excellent guides. We felt safe and comfortable during the entire trip. My 11 year old son had gloves on and still his hands got cold. The guide gave him his gloves...More

Thank marquetta p
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Zip Line Tour at Ski Apache is one of the best in the world! It is the highest in the world, the longest in the US and the 6th longest in the world. I have zip lined all across the world from Hawaii to...More

Thank Chandler I
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've wanted to try zip lining for a very long time. I was fortunate enough to do it on this trip and I must say the Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour is incredible!!! Our guides (Isaiah and Matt) were the best. They took safety very...More

1  Thank littlebear474
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jopodesign
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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.
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Prashanth S
28 December 2017|
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Response from Trish L | Reviewed this property |
Red River is awesome, and so is Angel Fire for beginners. I actually love Ski Apache in spite of the drive up the mountain. I wouldn't bother with Cloudcroft. The snow is unreliable, and I'm not even sure they have lessons... More
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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
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