Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge celebrate with late ski season events!

With recent storms blanketing the Sierra the last two weekends, nearby ski resorts are celebrating with special events to close a stellar season. Last week I skied both nearby Dodge Ridge and Heavenly Valley in the Tahoe area. Sunshine, great snow coverage, slopes 100% open and weeks of marvelous skiing yet to come. So turn to our closest ski areas to San Joaquin County for special reasons to ski or board in the coming weeks:


Big Foot attempts the Bear Valley pond skim last spring!

Bear Valley:

Saturday, March 26, starting at 9 AM, Nikolov Dodov Slopestyle Competition on the Mountain, midday on the sun deck, Bear Valley Live presents Secret Town and at 7 PM at the Bear Valley Lodge’s Cathedral Lounge, Grover Anderson.

Sunday, March 27, starting at 10 AM, Easter decorating and egg hunt at Bear Valley.

Saturday, April 2, the third and final event of the Freeheel race series, Pond Skimming/Brewfest event on the Mountain, midday on the sun deck, Bear Valley Live presents the Groove Doctors and at 7:30 PM at Sky High Pizza and Pub, Bear Valley Live presents DJ Eternal.


Dodge Ridge:

Family gathers for photo op in Boulder Creek Canyon off Dodge Ridge's Chair 8.

Sunday, March 27, Golden Egg Hunt: On Easter Sunday, March 27, Dodge Ridge’s presents its Annual Golden Egg hunt. There will be eggs of all colors hidden on the mountain at Dodge Ridge’s Base Area, each with a prize inside, but the Golden Egg, that’s the one you’re looking for. Children will be grouped by age (4-5, 6-8, and 9-12*) and be sent out in waves to search for the Golden Egg (one per age group).  Whoever finds the Golden Egg from their age group will go home with one Youth Season Pass for the 2016-17 season. *12 year old children who will be 13 prior to December 31st, 2016 will be ineligible for the 2016/17 Youth Season Pass, as they will no longer be in the Youth age group for the 2016-17 season.

Saturday, April 2, Pond Skim, Chili Cook Off and DRAIL Brewfest: On Saturday, April 2, it’s Dodge Ridge’s Winter Spring Fling event as a celebration of the incredible 2015/16 Season of snowfall.  As part of the line up, the popular Pond Skim will be the highlight of the weekend as participants attempt to skim their way across Lake Dodge Ridge on their trusty skis or snowboard. Prizes will be given for best skim, best splash and, most importantly, the best costume of the event. The weekend also features the annual Chili Cook Off, and DRAIL Brewfest fundraiser with live music and BBQ in the base area plaza.  So whether you’re a chili aficionado or a brew enthusiast you won’t want to miss out on this slopeside party.  Between endless bowls of chili, plentiful beer, and ridiculous pond skimmers, we’ll leave you to be the judge of who sinks or swims.

For more information: Bear Valley Ski Resort,, (209) 753-2301; Dodge Ridge Ski Resort,, (209) 965-3474.

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