Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate an epic winter with late openings and special events!

Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate an epic winter with late openings and special events!

With a big winter bringing almost 40 feet of snow to Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Resorts (closest ski resorts to home for residents of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties), here are updates sent along by the two resorts:

Family celebrates season in Dodge Ridge's Boulder Canyon.

Dodge Ridge’s Jeff Hauff shares this: It’s been an incredible season at Dodge Ridge with 477 inches of snow since our opening day, including 231 inches during the month of January, and 127 inches during the month of February. In celebration of this incredible season of skiing and riding, Dodge Ridge will be hosting their annual Pond Skim on Saturday, April 8.

The snowpack continues to remain strong with base depths over 100” and nearly 2 feet of snowfall from the past week alone. As we look to the forecast for crystal clear, blue bird skies and beautiful spring-time skiing and snowboarding conditions, the stage is set for a weekend of festivities.

On Saturday, April 8, the Annual Dodge Ridge Pond Skim returns. Skiers and riders are encouraged to come dressed in fun and wild costumes to skim or swim across Lake Dodge Ridge. All participants will be rewarded with good times, cheers from the crowd, bragging rights, and the chance to win prizes for the best skim, best splash and most importantly, best costume of the day. During the festivities, Dodge Ridge will also be hosting the DRAIL Brew Fest Fundraiser with live music from the Jack Tones and BBQ in the plaza. Don’t miss out on this huge slopeside party. Be sure to check out some highlights from last year’s Pond Skim here.

It might technically be Spring, but Winter is still holding strong. With the significant snow accumulations this season, Dodge Ridge is projecting to continue the season through Sunday, April 16, as long as the weather cooperates. As tradition continues, this is the best time of year to get your season pass at the lowest possible price possible through Friday, March 31, 2017. Adult & teen passes are only $299, youth passes are $99, and senior passes are just $239, and they come with unlimited access to all 862 skiable acres and 1,600 vertical feet with absolutely no blackout dates. At $299, Adult and Teen passes pay for themselves in only 4 visits. Check out the entire list of season passholder perks from the Season Pass page at DodgeRidge.com.

For more information about the Dodge Ridge Pond Skim and the DRAIL Brew Fest, please visit the events page at DodgeRidge.com or call (209) 965-3474 from 8am to 5pm, 7 days a week. Located in Tuolumne County off highway 108, Dodge Ridge offers 1,600 vertical feet, 67 runs, 12 lifts and 852 acres of skiable terrain. With over 400 inches of snowfall this season, Dodge Ridge is projecting to stay open through Easter Weekend, April 16, 2017. For lesson reservations and additional information please visit DodgeRidge.com or call (209) 965-3474.

Bear Valley’s Marc Gendron shares this: Bear Valley has announced a new 2017 spring season pass as well as its 2017/18 season pass. Both passes come with a variety of mountain perks and discounts including discounts on lessons, buddy passes, retail, food and beverage.

Bear Valley, looking northwest from the mid-mountain lodge.

The 2017 spring season pass provides unlimited lift access for the rest of the 2016/17 season which runs through April 23, and costs less than the price of two adult tickets. The pass offers the same perks as a full season pass including a 10 percent off retail, 13+ group lessons, food items and discounted buddy tickets, and can be traded-in for a 2017/18 pass if upgraded by April 30. The cost for an adult spring pass is $139 (ages 23+) and youth Spring pass is $99 (ages under 22).

There are two type of 2017/18 season passes for Bear Valley: Peaks Pass and Polar Pass, both of which offer new unrestricted access to lifts for the spring of 2017 and the entire 2017/18 season. Peaks Pass holders enjoy unlimited skiing and riding on nearly 1,700 acres of terrain, plus season long preferred parking, 20 percent discounts at retail, 13+ group lessons, food & beverage and up to 30 percent on discounted buddy tickets. Child Peaks pass holders also receive 40 percent off mid-week Cub Club lessons and 20 percent any other time, based on availability. The Polar Pass provides unlimited access to lifts with 10 percent off retail, 13+ group lessons, food items and discounted buddy tickets.

Pricing for the Bear Valley 2017-18 season passes are as follows:

Adult (23-64)         Youth (14-22)       Child (6-13)
$599 – Peaks         $449 – Peaks         $329 – Peaks
$449 – Polar          $339 – Polar         $259 – Polar

Kinder(5&Under)  Senior (65-69)     Super Senior (70&over)
$89 – Peaks            $329 – Peaks        $89 – Peaks
$79 – Polar             $259 – Polar        $79 – Polar

Military                   College
$219                         $219

Season Pass Renewals for the 17/18 Season begins April 1, 2017. The deadline for Forever Pass members to renew is April 30, 2017. For more details, visit bearvalley.com/season-passes.

Bear Valley Mountain and Village is the premier family mountain sports and lodging destination in the Central Sierra.  Located between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe on National Scenic Byway Highway 4, and surrounded by two of California’s largest federally designated wilderness areas, outdoor activities in Bear Valley are abundant. Bear Valley Resorts is known for its warm, welcoming staff, affordable ticket prices, a variety of terrain, and a commitment to providing the ultimate mountain experience.

The ski and board area offers 1,680 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain parks featuring more than 18 features, and 1,900 vertical feet.  Bear Valley averages over 30 feet of annual snowfall per year.  Bear Valley Village is home to a variety of services, shops, restaurants and a wide range of accommodations.  Winters provide skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.  Hiking, fishing, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, camping and a variety of cultural events make for a perfect summer of activities. More information is available at www.bearvalley.com.

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