Not many Northern California ski resorts were happier to see snow piling up Monday than Dodge Ridge ski resort.
Dodge Ridge received 8 inches of snow Monday, and with the likelihood of more than 2 feet of additional snow dumping Thursday evening, the resort has announced in will reopen Friday, March 2.
Like many ski resorts throughout Northern California, it’s been a difficult 2017-18 season for Dodge Ridge. Because the resort has no snowmaking capability, it relies solely on Mother Nature.
And Mother Nature hasn’t been delivering much snow coming off last year’s record-breaking season at many resorts in regards to snow totals.
This season, family-friendly Dodge Ridge ski resort opened Jan. 27, but was providing skiing and snowboarding for less than a week – until Feb. 2 – before the Central California ski resort shut down again due to lack of snow..
“We are excited to open and get back to skiing and riding! It’s been a long wait and we are looking forward to welcoming our employees, guests, and the community back to the mountain.” said Jenni Smith, Dodge Ridge ski resort General Manager. “Opening day is always a fun time, and to open on a powder day with great conditions is a terrific way to celebrate. We expect to open 85% of our skiable terrain!”
Dodge Ridge ski resort is located in Pinecrest off Highway 108, 30 miles east of Sonora. It is 99 miles from Stockton and roughly 130-160 miles from most Bay Area locations.
With this week’s significant snowfall, Dodge Ridge ski resort will have a majority of terrain open with chairlifts 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 scheduled to operate and chair 8 on a possible early morning delay for Friday.
Lifts are scheduled to operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We currently rely 100% on natural snowfall. Snowmaking is a goal we are currently developing, which we hope to have in place in future seasons,” said Dodge Ridge spokesperson Jeff Hauff.
For the reopening weekend, lift tickets will be $74 for adults, $59 for teens, $25 for youth, and $54 for seniors. All Dodge Ridge services will be available, including a full line of group and private lesson programs for ages 2 and above.
The rental shop will be in full operation, offering ski, snowboard and helmet rentals for all ages. The Sport and Tech Shop will be open for equipment tunes, waxes and essential ski and ride gear. The Creekside Lodge and North Fork Bistro will be serving breakfast, lunch and beverages for guests.
To get complete updates on new snowfall, road conditions, news and events, visit www.DodgeRidge.com or call (209) 536-5300.