There have been some big storms cruising through California this last few days and they have resulted in the opening of Dodge Ridge Ski Area ... one of my favorites. Being a long time season ticket holder here, I was VERY happy to see it open BEFORE Christmas. This privately owned resort doesn't usually open until the following year due to the shortage of snow. I must say, there was no shortage yesterday!!!
My ski buddy Peter Treso and his daughter Loren, called to say they were ready to hit the slopes. Despite the pouring rain here we took off early yesterday morning, hoping it was cold enough to snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. We just started to see snow at Long Barn and by the time we got to Pinecrest, we were wondering where all the snow plows were!! With no waiting in line, we had our passes and were on the slopes in minutes. So much nice powder ... my skis stuck to the snow like glue ... I wasn't going anywhere. With no notice, I hadn't had time to get wax put on the bottoms ... a quick trip to the repair shop, $15 and 15 minutes had me back out on the slopes just sliding along nicely!!!
Finally we came up behind a grader plowing the road. By this time there was at least 6 inches of snow in the road. Nice guy that he was, he pulled over for traffic since he was barely going 5 mph ... letting us all slug through the deep snow!!