Skiing and boarding off to wonderful winter start at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort!

Strong start to the New Year at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort

Skiing and riding conditions are excellent with over 3 feet of new snow since Jan. 1st!

The 2015-16 Winter Season at Dodge Ridge, Pinecrest, CA, started over six weeks ago on November 25th and the early season snowfall has continued with a series of strong, cold, winter storms delivering over 14 feet of snow to the slopes of Dodge Ridge, creating the best conditions in 5 years. “We are thrilled to be off to such a strong start with over 75,000 guests since we opened before Thanksgiving” notes Dodge Ridge CEO Sally Helm. “Currently the entire mountain, including Granite Bowl off of Chair 8, is open for skiing and riding with a base of 4 to 5 feet of natural snow blanketing the mountain top to bottom. It’s really great to see so many familiar and happy skiers and riders enjoying the extraordinary conditions at Dodge.”

Family of five on the Graceland Trail, off Chair 8 at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort.

Meteorologists on Open Snow forecast the snowfall at Dodge Ridge to be 102% to 136% of normal this winter. These statistics match up well with the actual snowfall in the  El Nino year of 1997/98. During the 1997/98 winter, Dodge Ridge received a total of 475” inches of snow at the base of the mountain and was open for skiing + riding from Dec.10 through April 19.

This season’s ample snowfall allowed Dodge Ridge to open 100% of the mountain earlier than expected, accessing 1,600 vertical feet of terrain with 30 to 40 runs groomed nightly. After a couple of days of mostly sunny skies this week snowy weather is expected to move back into the area with the next winter storm predicted to arrive on Wednesday with up to a foot of new snow setting the conditions up perfectly for the long Martin Luther King Weekend.

Dodge Ridge is well known for introducing hundreds of thousands of people to skiing and snowboarding and their PSIA-certified ski and snowboard instructors specialize in introducing children as young as two years old to the excitement of winter sports. With the busy MLK Holiday Weekend quickly approaching now is the time to reserve your group or private Snow Sports School lesson. For more information on the Dodge Ridge Snowsports School or to make a lesson reservation, please call (209) 965-3474 or make your reservation on line at Dodge

Be the first to know when the powder arrives and sign up for Dodge Ridge Powder Alerts! Simply text the word POWDER to 62687.  Stay current with Dodge Ridge updates by liking the resort on Facebook, following the resort on Twitter and Instagram@dodgeridge, visiting or calling the snow phone line, at 209-536-5300.

Opened in 1950, Dodge Ridge Ski Resort is located off Highway 108 in Pinecrest, CA, and  is the closest skiing and riding to Stockton, Bay Area & Central Valley locations. The resort offers a 1,600 foot vertical drop, 67 runs, 12 lifts and 862 acres of skiable terrain.

For reservations and additional information: Go to or call (209) 965-3474.

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