Dodge Ridge Review

by: snowshredder - Nov 27, 2006

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 5
  • Nightlife 3

    Date Visited: Nov 27, 2006


Full review

Have been going there for fifteen years. Great place for young family as there is something for everyone. Now with kids grown I do most of my skiing there still. It is the closest snow to home (San Jose) and the road to Dodge Ridge is a scenic and relatively easy drive.
The staff at Dodge is the friendliest in the Sierra and the value for money on food and tickets is very good. Food service is also maybe the best in the Sierra with good selection and variety in a well laid out cafeteria and barbecue on the deck. Also has on-mountain food facility other than main lodge.
Terrain is varied and for advanced and expert skiers the opporrtunity to ski down empty runs on almost all days. If you are clever you can put together loops of six or seven miles of skiing that are exciting and challenging and never cross your own path.
The lifts are slow but the other side of that is that there are virtually no lift lines and again if you are clever you can go on runs and loops with absolutely no lift lines, even on the busiest days. Advanced skiers at least can do this.
Lodging is best in Sonora. There are lots of reasonable motels and plenty of eating places, with chain restaurants also. It is about 30 mins to ski slopes and there is a casino 15 mins outside of Sonora for those into gambling and buffets.
Overall a great ski experience.

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