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Address: 1286 Ski Run Road, Ruidoso, NM 88312
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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Decent mountain

Having snowboarder in a variety of places, I would say this mountain was fairly high on my list of favorites. We had an excellent time and the snow was great. The only downside... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having snowboarder in a variety of places, I would say this mountain was fairly high on my list of favorites. We had an excellent time and the snow was great. The only downside was that the runs are relatively short and everyone gets funneled into a gully that gets really crowded. Other than tyat, the staff was friendly and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great time on the zip line! Three different zip lines one of them being a mile long going 70mph is exhilarating! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and informative...except for Carol. We called to ask how to get up to the zip line area, she was rude & stated that someone would pick us up at the bottom... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome snow!! Great trails! Lots of fun! We got lots of snow this morning which turned into gorgeous blue skies!! Drive up is super curvy but well worth the trip!

Thank Lindsey C
Denton, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is absolutely beautiful. The staff in all areas are very friendly. The bar at the lodge has outside seating that you can sit out side to enjoy the view of those skiing and snowboarding down the mountain. The gondola ride is absolutely beautiful. I do feel that the $18 one time ride is a bit unreasonable. Well I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only bad thing I would have to say is that some trails are marked "green" and were not necessarily for beginners, in my opinion.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grandkids (3 and 4 years old) wanted to see snow, so we found Ruidoso to be the closest place to Houston with some. No snow in town, so we went to the ski resort. Luckily we went on a slow weekday, so the kids could play in an area that wasn't being used. It would be nice if they had... More 

1 Thank travelingfifties
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been here in 20 years. When Ski Apache has good snow it's worth it. It was sad to see the fire damage and the dead trees affected by the beetles. I saw a lot of reviews and I agree, the drive up the mountain is scary. And, I have been to all the resorts in New Mexico. It... More 

1 Thank Rick C
Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Apache Wind Rider zip line at Ski Apache is a simply amazing experience. If you are visiting Southeastern New Mexico, you definitely need to do this for a once in a lifetime experience. The views are spectacular, the zip ride is the longest in the lower 48 states with one section a mile long. It is also the highest... More 

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Southaven, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Smaller mountain closer to my brothers house. It usually has great snow and the runs are great. If your snow skiing you are living the life!

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Hobbs, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our teenage boys to Ski Apache to snowboard for the day. It is a great location to let them go do their own thing with no worries. My husband & I hung out in the restaurant by the fireplace for a few hours & it was very pleasant even on a busy day. All the staff we came... More 

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