I learned to ski at Dodge Ridge when I was 4 years old. I'm 30 now. I subsequently learned to snowboard there and throughout my time in high school and college I went there frequently with friends to enjoy the slopes. It's true that at times snow is scarce but when it's there I think the terrain at Dodge is as good as any of the Tahoe resorts. It's usually far less crowded and is extremely affordable and easy to get to when your living south of Sacramento. My family has had a cabin there for the last 15 years and we just love the place. I would recommend it to anybody.