I’ve skied Dodge Ridge before with my younger son, but have no experience with the ski school. It is a very nice, low key family owned (for generations) resort. The ski area has no pond on the property, so there is no snow making. Fortunately, it doesn’t need it in most years. This year? We’ll see if we get snow in February.
- Usually not crowded...just park in front of the resort.
- One of the better food service operations I found in a smaller resort. The food was actually tasty and reasonably priced.
- The mountain is mostly intermediate/advanced and very easy to get around. There is one bowl and some tree skiing. There is decent acreage for newer skiers.
- Very friendly people, including the ranger who I met and the staff. It definitely has local community feel.
- I’m told it has a good kids program.
- There is a good ski/rental shop on site.
- Most of the buildings are relatively new. I think there was fire not long ago, so everything rebuilt is obviously modern.
- This is a close ski area to many in the Bay area.
- No snow making, which hurts in lean years. The last three years have been drier than usual in Northern California.
- The lifts are older and remind me of what I rode in the 1960’s.
This is a smaller area, so the best way to book lessons is through the resort.
We haven't skied there in a few years due to getting the EPIC pass, but I wouldn't hesitate to go up again midweek so long as there is snow. Unlike many of my friends, I enjoy the atmosphere of a smaller area from time to time. Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley are good examples.
Here is a view from the base area showing a small portion of the ski area:
Edited by quant2325 - 1/18/15 at 10:07pm