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Ski Apache

1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Zip line tour was awesome!

We did the zip line tour. The pre-zip instruction was good, after a video and suiting up they put... read more

Reviewed yesterday
John L
Justin, United States
via mobile
Great place to ski!

Even with limited runs open due to lack of snow, it's still a great place. Concession and drinks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michele M
via mobile
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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” (87 reviews)
“gondola ride” (24 reviews)
“lift lines” (16 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1286 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9600
+1 575-464-3600
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the zip line tour. The pre-zip instruction was good, after a video and suiting up they put you on a short test cable to get you familiar with the controls and hand signals. The staff were all very nice! Gondola ride to the...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even with limited runs open due to lack of snow, it's still a great place. Concession and drinks are kinda pricey. But overall a lot of fun for the family

Thank Michele M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive up to the top is windy and absolutely breath taking. We rode the gondola up the rest of the way and it was the most amazing view. It must be gorgeous in the winter when the ski season starts.

Thank shay557
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great fun!! From beginning to end, this was an adventure. Our guides were great and helped us every step of the way.

Thank mrscoachdaily
Reviewed 1 week ago

We zip lined with our two grandchildren ages 13 and 15. The staff was friendly, funny and we had a blast. It is an incredible ride on all three zip lines, but the first one is the best, over a mile, over the trees, in...More

Thank Mary G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the Zipline rider and it was awesome!! All the guides attentive, courteous and show great concern for your safety! The ride is fantastic, safe, relatively easy to execute once you get the courage to take off the platform,lol. The line is rated as...More

Thank taino55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The zip tour is amazing! The first line is over a mile long and is a real adrenaline rush! The last two zip lines are also fun. It's great to do three zip lines in one day because by the last one your nerves are...More

Thank Linsey H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

BEST ADVENTURE EVER! We've never Zip Lined before. They trained us well-and we took the ski lift up to the top of the mountain and we successfully, safely zipped down the mountain at about 65mph! This was the most exciting and thrilling thing we've done...More

Thank Cole G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited during the summer - our (young adult) kids wanted to do the gondola ride up and mountain bike down and my wife and I were going to hike while they did that. They paid for half day which should have allowed them to...More

1  Thank txskitripper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say enough about this exciting experience. For things to do in the Ruidoso NM area this is the best. The trip up the mountain was a wonderful prelude to the adventure of zip lining down from 11489 feet. The fastest zipline in North...More

Thank kandkdean
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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.
9 January 2017|
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Response from Sweetie1953 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - no idea. Not a skier, we were on a "girls trip" so mostly shopping, eating & a little drinking. 🙂