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Report from Monday 15th March 2021
How many best days of the season are you allowed to have? Today was another in a string of amazing ski days at Dodge Ridge Ski Area, CA. With 14″ of snow reported overnight, I knew that today would follow up yesterday’s bluebird groomer zoomer day quite nicely. These are the days that Dodge Ridge locals live for: quiet powder days with the ski area to ourselves. The crews were out in force today, tearing it up.
Early shots off Chair 3 on The Face and out in Gentleman’s, Corkscrew, and The Nose were followed by laps out in The Shots and Granite Bowl, where I tied in with my old patrol partners Bryan Ogilvie and Brian Dudley after Chair 8 opened up. Dodge Ridge has notoriously slow chairs, which actually helps keep the traffic and tracks to a minimum. It also makes for a good time to hang out with your friends and family.
The sun was in and out of the clouds all day, and it never really quit snowing, with a few more inches accumulation throughout the day. The forecast for the rest of the week and into the weekend looks promising, with some sunny days ahead followed by more snow. If you’ve never checked out this Central Sierra gem, now is as good a time as any.
Dodge Ridge is saying that they are planning to stay open until April 25, 2021, weather and snow conditions permitting. That will be one of the latest closing dates in a few years, but that means you really only have about 6 more weeks to come check it out.
- Location: Dodge Ridge
- Nearest major city: Sonora, California
- Vertical: 1,600 ft (490 m
- Top elevation: 8,200 ft (2,500 m)
- Base elevation: 6,600 ft (2,000 m)
- Skiable area: 862 acres (349 ha)
- Runs: 62 total
- 20% beginner
- 40% intermediate
- 40% advanced
- Longest run: 2 miles (3.2 km) (Stagecoach)
- Lift system: 12 lifts – 1 quad, 2 triples, 5 doubles, 4 surface
- Terrain park: Rocky’s Road
- Snowfall: 300 to 500 in (760 to 1,270 cm)
- Night skiing: None
- Website: www.dodgeridge.com
The day ended for me with several solo laps out of bounds off of Chair 8. Tree damage from the January 19 Mono Wind event is extensive.
OB8 | Photo: Mike Bartholow