Dodge Ridge opens for the 2017/18 season on Saturday, January 27, 2018

Dodge Ridge's slopes are groomed and ready for skiers and boarders. Photo courtesy Dodge Ridge.

9” of new snowfall gets the season underway on lower mountain lifts and terrain; Dodge Ridge opens on Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pinecrest, Calif. – Jan. 26, 2018  – The ski and ride season is underway at Dodge Ridge following the recent  snowfall which delivered 9 inches. Chairs 1, 2 and 6 along with the rope tow and the Magic Carpet conveyors in the Children’s Learning Area will be open accessing beginner to intermediate terrain. Lifts are scheduled to run at 9:00 am till 4:00 pm.

All Dodge Ridge services will be available Opening Day including a full line of group and private lesson programs for all ages 2 and above. To ensure availability, reservations are recommended for all lessons and can be made by calling (209) 965-3474 or on The rental shop will be in full operation offering  ski, snowboard and helmet rentals for all ages. The Sport and Tech Shop will open early at 7:30am for equipment tunes, waxes and essential ski and ride gear. The Creekside Lodge and North Fork Bistro will open with a limited Opening Day menu for breakfast, lunch and beverages.

The Tuolumne County Ski Bus will be in full operation for Opening Weekend, including every other weekend and holiday this season, for only $10 round trip, you can catch a ride from Sonora to Dodge Ridge with numerous stops along the way. Advanced reservations are encouraged by calling (209) 532-0404 or you can book online.

Dodge Ridge is the closest snow and easiest drive from Central Valley and Bay Area locations. “We have a great team here at Dodge Ridge,” said Jenni Smith, General Manager. “We have a unique history as a family owned and operated resort founded in 1950, and this legacy of family continues today with the Helm family, who have been running the resort since 1976. Generations of families have grown up skiing and riding here.”

Dodge Ridge relies 100% on natural snow and will open additional terrain when Mother Nature delivers the next significant round of winter storms. As always ski and ride with care as obstacles and thin coverage exist. For more detailed information on mountain safety pick up the Mountain Safety Guide at Guest Services and go online to the safety page. Opening Week lift tickets will be priced at  $59 for adults, $44 for teens, $15 for youth and $39 for seniors.

For more info: for updates on new snowfall, road conditions, news and events by going online to or by calling the Dodge Ridge Snow Phone at (209) 536-5300.

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