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#1 Jan 25, 2013
I'm thinking R.O. Anderson and some other guy's first studied and built The Sierra Blanca Ski Area. Guy named Pitcher managed it. Believe it was Sold to the tribe a year or two later. Now perhaps when it changed to Ski Apache,(remember the Editorial satire in the Ruidoso News?), that could be what this article is refering to, suggesting MEA built the resort....
#2 Jan 25, 2013
ol-joe your are correct...Robert O Anderson built the ski area on a special use permit with the USFS. Kingsbury Pitcher did in-fact manage the area until Robert O sold it to the tribe at a loss(taxes?)and my understanding is that the tribe got a loan from the government for the purchase. Kingsbury ("Pitch") then moved on to Santa Fe. The Physical facilities are are owned by the tribe with a special use permit with the USFS (the land being National Forest, excepting Chair 8 and 1/2 of apache bowl
#3 Jan 25, 2013
Oh forgot...USFS snow ranger Pete Totemoff, was instrumental with the layout and development of Sierra Blanca (now ski apache) ski area.
#4 Jan 26, 2013
I'm not sure when AO Anderson got involved, but the December 20, 1957, issue of the Ruidoso News has a story, "Roswell Editor Tells of Survey in Snow-Clad White Mountain Park", written by Al Stubbs, editor of the Roswell Record.
The story tells of a day-trip to what would eventually become Ski Apache. The men involved named in the story:
Leck Cowden - ski equipment rental business and bowling alley at Ruidoso.
Joe Hawkins - Ruidoso Gas Co.
Bill Hart - Ruidoso electrical contractor.
Jack Kannady - civil engineer.
Al Stubbs - reporter
Everett Doman - Supervisor of the Lincoln National Forest
Fred Swetnam - Smokey Bear District Ranger.
They parked off Eagle Creek (now known as FR127A) and rode horseback up to the present day ski area.
History is beautiful....
#5 Jan 26, 2013
Ol Jack Burford said after the site visit, they packed in a small cabin, supplies,etc. to go up and measure snow all winter. I can just imagine.....yep, this is gonna work...now, how we gonna get 'em up here?....HaW!!
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