Calling all seniors. California is launching its first Winter Games for Seniors this winter at Dodge Ridge. The inaugural event, which organizers plan to run as an annual competition, combines races in alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, and cross-country skiing.

The California Senior Winter Games, scheduled Mar. 11-14, is open to men and women 50 years and older. Events consist of giant slalom, slalom, and dual slalom in the disciplines of alpine skiing, telemark skiing, and snowboarding. Skate and classic cross-country ski races extend five and ten kilometers.

The competitions copy Olympic medal formats with events open to men and women in five-year age groups. The California Senior Winter Games are open to anyone, including those who reside outside the state. Other events supplement the competitions: mixers, equipment demos, a parade of athletes, a banquet, and awards ceremonies.

Dodge Ridge, which is hosting the event, provides a central location for those traveling from Western states and offers discounted lift tickets for competitors. Lodging is available in Pinecrest as well as other Tuolumne County locations. Some lodging properties offer a discount for games participants.

Registration for the games is available online. Entry costs $125 until Feb. 28. The entry fees goes up to $150 after that date. The fees include entry for all competitive events, the reception, the banquet, a goody bag, a commemorative racing bib, and annual California Senior Winter Games membership.

More information. Or call 209-536-5300.