Dodge Ridge re-opens on Friday, March 2; Bear Valley also celebrates big storm!

Family takes in the view in Boulder Canyon off Dodge Ridge's Chair 8.

Dodge Ridge re-opens for the season on Friday, March 2; Bear Valley also receives huge snow fall

Dodge Ridge Ski Resort will reopen on Friday, March 2.  Wednesday evening delivered a significant storm with three feet of new snow expected by Friday evening. With this significant snowfall, Dodge Ridge will have a majority of terrain open with chairlifts 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 scheduled to operate with chair 8 on a possible early morning delay for Friday. Lifts are scheduled to operate from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. As always ski and ride with care and always ski and ride with a buddy and keep your buddy in view.

Skier enjoys the Sonora Glades at Dodge Ridge.

“We are excited to open and get back to skiing and riding!  It’s been a long wait and we are looking forward to welcoming our employees, guests, and the community back to the mountain.” said Jenni Smith, General Manager. “Opening day is always a fun time, and to open on a powder day with great conditions is a terrific way to celebrate and we expect to open 85% of our skiable terrain!”

For the reopening weekend with powder conditions, lift tickets will be priced at $74 for adults, $59 for teens, $25 for youth and $54 for seniors.  All Dodge Ridge services will be available including a full line of group and private lesson programs for ages 2 and above. To ensure availability, reservations are recommended for all lessons and can be made by calling (209) 965-3474 or online from The rental shop will be in full operation, offering ski, snowboard and helmet rentals for all ages and The Sport and Tech Shop will be open for equipment tunes, waxes and essential ski and ride gear. The Creekside Lodge and North Fork Bistro will be open serving up breakfast, lunch and beverages for guests.

The Tuolumne County Ski Bus will be running every weekend of the season for only $10 round trip, offering their easy-ride shuttle service 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 partners with participating Save Mart & Lucky’s Supermarkets throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley offering discount lift ticket vouchers for your trip to Dodge Ridge. You can see the full list of participating supermarkets from the Deals Page at

Dodge Ridge relies 100% on natural snowfall and will be skiing and riding on epic powder conditions for the reopening weekend. Always ski and ride with care and for more detailed information on mountain safety pick up the Mountain Safety Guide at Guest Services and go online to the safety page.

Get complete 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.

Family prepares to enjoy the new snows at Bear Valley Resort.

Bear Valley Resort is also touting over three feet of new snow; a large part of the overall Bear Valley Mountain is now open with marvelous skiing conditions. This season, the resort celebrates a new high-speed chairlift; the first six-pack in the Central Sierra. The chairlift will transport six passengers at a time from the mid-mountain ski lodge to the top of the mountain. The new lift replaces the Bear chairlift, increasing guest uphill capacity of the mountain’s main artery. For more info and snow report, go to

Another storm is expected to add another foot of new snow in the next 48 hours; so, get those skis and boards and head for the Sierra!

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