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Ski Apache

1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Ski Apache zip lines are fantastic.

Our group ranged in age for ten to sixty and everyone had a great time. Fernando and David were... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Byrona M
via mobile
Perfect Fun!

We took a 'sisters' birthday trip to Ruidoso and this was truly a highlight of our trip. We booked... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patty P
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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” (101 reviews)
“gondola ride” (26 reviews)
“zipline tour” (14 reviews)
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1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our group ranged in age for ten to sixty and everyone had a great time. Fernando and David were excellent guides and the zip line was thrilling to say the least. Great weather and magnificent view from the top zip line. Well worth the money....More

Thank Byrona M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a 'sisters' birthday trip to Ruidoso and this was truly a highlight of our trip. We booked the first zip of the day. Staff were all so very kind, fun and interactive. We adopted several of the guys, as we have no brothers!...More

Thank Patty P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a ride up the mountain to see the Ski Resort for the first time during the summer. It ended up being a lot of fun. We took a ride up to the top of the mountain in the gondola. These new gondolas are super...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time for one of the two of us yet I have been on several zip lines around the country and by far this was the best along with being the biggest as they advertise. Couldn't have been a better zip you've got to check...More

1  Thank CindyWessel
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I took a dear friend zip lining to Ski Apache for her 70th birthday adventure. Wow! These folks have it down to a science. They make sure safety is first, but fun is their priority. We made it down the first line, which was a...More

1  Thank Trish L
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We decided to check it out with our 3 kids, age 1, 2 and 5. We bought a gondola ride (18.00/adult) kids under 5 free. It gives you unlimited rides all day which was nice and the kids really had fun. We got to the...More

1  Thank 646lindseyd
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

This is a good drive for mountain sight seeing. There seemed to be a lot of construction or something going on up top. So much so that we didn't bother getting out. It was unappealing.

Thank Scabshouse
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I did the zip tour here and it was incredible! The views were breathtaking and the rides were a blast but most importantly our guides were awesome. Fern, Josh and Jessie made the whole experience. They were funny and infomative and truely...More

1  Thank Patrick N
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Our guides, Matthew and Joshua, helped make this a very memorable experience. At age 81, they took great care of me. An awesome zip line and some great insight into the Apache history and culture.

1  Thank Bill C
Reviewed 23 August 2017

My brother and I rode the palmer zip line, which is the last of the 3 legs that they offer! If I could do it again I would do the entire zip tour it was so much fun! Our guides were terrific, nice, informative, and...More

Thank Rene S
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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
24 June 2017|
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Response from landscaperjohn62 | Reviewed this property |
It seems that the mountain is usually good for skiing during that time. It usually gets covered pretty quickly. My brother lives in El Paso and keeps me up to date with snow coverage predictions and current conditions... More
30 January 2017|
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Response from Skidirector | Property representative |
Yes, in the Eagle Cafe.