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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Lodge Ridge separates Stovepipe Mountain, containing Megahooped, Wonderland and Jo-Pal from the "West Ridge" containing the Clamshell, Fruit Loops and Staff Trees. Lodge Ridge rises from the Chatter Creek valley and the doorstep of Vertebrae Lodge . Its lower flank contains the Home Run cut block that forms a good part of the view from the lodge. Click the panorama to the right for a view from the south of Lodge Ridge in relation to Stovepipe Mountain.
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Lodge Ridge at Chatter Creek Cat Skiing

The road to Lodge Ridge leaves Vertebrae Lodge to the north and climbs the flank of lower Lodge Ridge to it's crest. It then follows the crest of the ridge north to service Dewar's Bowl and other alpine areas on the west side of upper Lodge Ridge. A pickup road that follows the Chatter Creek valley north towards the Chatter Glacier provides an alternate route to upper Lodge Ridge. The photo above shows the Chatter Creek valley and Chatter glacier on the left and Lodge Ridge on the right. Click the image on the right to view Lodge Ridge with Spruce Pass, the Golf Course and Megahooped directly to the east (right).

There are three distinct skiing areas on Lodge Ridge. On the east, Mommy's Run and Crystal Lite drop from the lower ridge top into the Spruce Creek gully, below the Megahooped trees. On the south and west there are various tree runs and the "Home Run" cut block. Further north, on the west side, Dewar's bowl provides alpine skiing from the ridge top into the Chatter Creek valley. Even further north on the west side of Lodge Ridge is more alpine terrain that drops into the Chatter Creek drainage, near the Chatter glacier.. In the spring, the Chatter glacier is used for snowmobiling.