Holiday skiers at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort got a treat with a series of snow storms that put fresh powder the slopes.
Last year at this time, there was more brown than white because the first significant snow didn’t come until well into January.
“This is a 180 degree turnaround for us,” said resort spokesman Jeff Hauff.
The resort has gotten five feet of snow in the past five days allowing all 12 of its chair lifts to operate.
“There’s 15 feet of snow back there in places, covering trees and a lot of the boulders,” said Mountain View snowboarder Brent Davis.
Davis didn’t snow board last year here because there was no snow. That won’t be a problem this season as the snow continued to fall the day after Christmas. Dodge Ridge got another 18 inches of dry fluffy snow overnight and through midday.
The only problem is that the snow made it hard to get to and from the resort off Highway 108 25 miles east of Sonora. But given the lack of snow last year, that is a small matter. In any case, there were plenty of skiers willing to take to the roads for a chance at some ideal snow.
The resort employs 300 local workers and generates winter profits for restaurants, markets and rental properties.
“The new snow helps the entire community,” said Hauff.