Dodge Ridge Ski Area operators announced Friday morning they are suspending all operations indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closure comes the day after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered California’s 40 million residents to stay at home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus that has already resulted in more than 1,000 cases and 19 deaths in the Golden State as of 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Dodge Ridge operators had resumed skiing operations Tuesday in the wake of the first significant winter storm in six weeks, in spite of coronavirus concerns that prompted dozens of North American ski resorts to close.

Jeff Hauff, director of marketing and sales for Dodge Ridge, said Thursday afternoon the numbers of paying customers who came to the resort earlier yesterday continued to be “very light with a majority of skiers and riders being local passholders.”

Friday morning communications staff for Dodge Ridge posted the closing statement on the resort’s website. 

The decision to close Dodge Ridge also came after some critics called out the resort for being open for business. Earlier this week, Hauff said the COVID-19 pandemic was a concern for the resort and workers were complying with federal guidelines.

 

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

 

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