Dodge Ridge is a great family oriented ski and board area. I learned to ski there and so have my kids. My friends from the Monterey Bay area (San Jose, Salinas, etc.) come over and I meet them there. The huge new Lodge building (bistro - with great views, ticketing, ski school, and pre-school snow play) is a very welcome brand new addition to the base area. Dodge is easy to get to and easy to get around in. You can easily get out of the base area on Ch 3 and spend the day on the upper part of the mountain. There is a mid-mountain eatery with a good variety of food and nice seating, inside and out. Aside from the terrain, which has everything and more that I need and is just right for me, the main attraction of Dodge Ridge is the friendliness of the people, the staff and the other guests. No big-city resort line crowding, impersonal staff, or bad food. The prices aren't bad either especially relative to other Nor Cal places.