On January 19, 2021, the Central Sierra was hit by strong northeast winds, commonly known as Mono Winds. Sustained winds in this unprecedented wind event averaged well over 100mph, with gusts estimated at 130-150mph. Wind damage was widespread on the Highway 108 corridor and in nearby Yosemite National Park. Hundreds of trees were uprooted and severely damaged infrastructure at Dodge Ridge Ski Area and Wawona and other local communities.
Dodge Ridge is currently closed to skiing and riding so that the mountain operations and ski patrol teams can work to clear downed trees and assess and handle other infrastructure damage. Jeff Hauff, Dodge Ridge Marketing Director, said:
“The majority of the downed trees were on the backside side of the mountain with less damage on the front side of the mountain.”
Guest safety is the highest priority for these teams, and they are working hard to get the ski area open again. Jeff adds, “Dodge Ridge would like to thank the team of Sawyers and the entire Dodge Ridge Mountain Operations crew for their rapid response and skilled efforts following this event.” Dodge Ridge plans to reopen on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
There is a series of significant storms forecast for the Central Sierra in the upcoming week. Recent snowfall of 4″ was measured at the Gianelli Meadows automated snow survey site in the last 24 hours. The new snow that is forecast is well-timed for Dodge Ridge’s planned reopening. Next weekend should offer excellent powder skiing and riding.
Dodge Ridge is a family-owned and operated winter sports area that has been operating since 1950. It is one of the most affordable family-friendly resorts in California and is the easiest drive from the Bay Area and Central Valley. Check them out at www.dodgeridge.com.