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Winter adventure in northwest Montana; Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish!

This old railway locomotive is available for overnight stays at the Isaac Walton Inn in Essex, MT.

Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish make for exciting winter times! We spent six days in Whitefish, in northwestern Montana, beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, for skiing and catching up with old National Ski Patrol pals. The area had been hammered by a big snowstorm just before our arrival, which continued the first [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley Ski Resorts prep for opening of 2016-17 ski season

The closest snow to home is just two hours from Stockton! Though another big storm is required before our county’s nearest ski resorts can open, Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and Bear Valley Ski Resort are prepping for another snowy season. Both resorts are closer than other options in the Lake Tahoe area, family-friendly, less expensive [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Family of five on the Graceland Trail, off Chair 8 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, [...]

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Skiing is great at Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley!

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Dodge Ridge Ski Resort has received 54″ of new snow in the last week (scenic Granite Bowl opens tomorrow, meaning 100% of the mountain is open) and Bear Valley Resort a similar amount. Skiing conditions, both groomed and powder, are the best in the last five or so years. With both resorts less than two [...]

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Warren Miller movie, Dec. 4, 5; and helping disabled skiers

Warren Miller movie comes to Modesto on Dec. 4 and 5

After my Record article and blog a few days ago about Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley skiing, I was contacted by Carolyn Gomes of Society for Disabilities in Modesto. Both the December 4 and 5 Warren Miller ski movie showings may interest you, and some of you might be intrigued with volunteering to help disabled skiers at [...]

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More skiing news; Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge…and Mono County as a cross-country ski Mecca!

Family gathers on the Graceland run, off Dodge Ridge's Chair 8, for both a cool photo op and wonderful scenery.

I wrote a few days earlier about skiing, boarding and cross-country skiing near Stockton, at both Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski areas.  Both our favorite resorts sent more insight than could be contained in my Stockton Record feature, and my earlier blog post, so, passing more insight along, direct from the two resorts (as noted [...]

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Sierra snows; skiing, boarding, cross country and sledding, just two hours from Stockton!

After several years of below average snows, skiers and boarders are dreaming the predictions of an El Nino winter come true.  Early storms are allowing opening of nearby ski areas and the two “closest snows to home”, Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski resorts, are opening November 25 and 28, respectively. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, [...]

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Ski season and El Nino; scientific and hopeful prognosis!

Family enjoys the view and the skiing in Boulder Creek Canyon at Dodge Ridge Ski Area.

For you downhill skiers, XC trekkers and snowshoers, here’s a both a scientific and hopeful report, passed along by Dodge Ridge Ski Area, on the expected, near-term El Niño winter for the central sierra. Hence, aficionados of skiing or snowshoeing in the Dodge Ridge/Highway 108, or Bear Valley/Hwy. 4 corridors, should have high expectations. And, [...]

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Skiing close to home, Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge; Martin Luther King holiday and coming events!

Family enjoys the snow and takes in the view from Boulder Creek Canyon at Dodge ridge ski Area.

Bear Valley has sunny skies, and a great view looking down into the Mokelumne River Valley to its north. It’s Martin Luther King’s Birthday and holiday weekend coming up; and that means your two ski areas with “closest snows to the Central Valley” have a few special treats in store to go with good snows [...]

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