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By Chris Murphy

Outdoor solo sports are one of the best things you can do during COVID times. Skiing the slopes of our Sierras is big fun, and it good for your soul and is loaded with fresh air. We have three great resorts that we can get to pretty quickly, all different but all really rewarding to ski. Expert skiers will enjoy the steep and high peaks at Kirkwood. This is a longer haul up 88 but it is worth the trip and opening day has not yet been announced. Dodge Ridge on Highway 108. is the closest snow, but at a lower elevation it is the last to open so make sure you check before you leave. My favorite place to ski is Bear Valley and has everything you need, super steeps, big freeways, terrain parks and a killer bar where I spent a whole day after I broke my collar bone on an early run back in college skiing under the Kodiak chair. Ever since I learned to ski, Bear has been my go-to place and easy to get to up Highway 4. At this point, they opened this weekend of November 27 with limited runs and pray for rain and snow! Check out these website, check the webcams for mountain conditions and get ready to ski.

Captions: On the Grizzly Chair at Bear Valley in the early 80s.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.