PINECREST — Dodge Ridge’s 70th season of skiing and riding will kick off Monday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. following the two winter storm systems that delivered nearly 2 feet of snowfall over the past week.
Chairlifts 3, 5 and 7 will be turning for opening day with over 50% of mountain terrain accessible, with only intermediate to advanced terrain open and no beginner terrain at this time. Dodge Ridge will look to announce the opening of chairlift 8 following Mountain Operation’s assessment. Early season conditions do exist with groomed and ungroomed conditions and marked and unmarked obstacles present. Dodge Ridge relies 100% on natural snow and will open additional terrain once they receive additional snowfall, which looks to be developing in the forecast in the days following Christmas.
Advance purchase daily lift tickets are recommended this season and are available online from DodgeRidge.com. Dodge Ridge daily lift ticket pricing this season is still one of the lowest price lift tickets in the Sierra with no peak pricing at $89 for adults, $75 for teens and seniors, $30 for youth and $10 for ages 5 & under or 82+. Season-long and daily preferred parking passes are also recommended this season and can be purchased online to ensure close-in parking.
Dodge Ridge services will be available opening day, including intermediate to advanced private lesson programs for ages 5 and up. Lesson reservations are required this season and can be made online at DodgeRidge.com website. Advanced online rental purchases are also required this season to reserve ski, snowboard and helmet rentals for all ages. Food and beverage will be available from the Creekside Cafe with take-out only options, and indoor lounging and seating will not be available in the lodges at this time. The Sport and Tech shop will be open for equipment tunes, waxes and last minute holiday gear purchases with limited indoor capacity.
Skiing and riding has been identified as an important outlet for personal health and wellness by the state. By following all guidelines from state and local health officials, Dodge Ridge will work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our entire community. Visit the Plan for the Winter Page at DodgeRidge.com for complete details regarding the guidelines in place and what to know before you go as we all work to make this winter season a great one. Face coverings and hand sanitization will be required to access the facilities and lift operations will be adhering to the “Live Together, Ride Together” lift riding protol.
Physical distancing requirements will be enforced and all guests and employees will be required to stay home if showing any symptoms or feeling unwell. Dodge Ridge will be limiting capacity through online sales for all Dodge Ridge products this season while also restricting parking when necessary to only those who have pre-purchased daily lift tickets and season passes.