as an intermediate skiier, Dodge has been kinda-ok for us many times over several years. Arriving from the Bay area is convinient, and you can actually make it in 3 hrs each direction.
BUT, last week we took our 5 yr. son for their ski-school. While he had a relatively "ok"-time, this was a bad overall experience. The ski school for the younger children, especially the beginners, is no more than an expensive baby-sitter-service. The net-time on the snow is low, and time is wasted in going back and forth between the snow area and the snack / drink / lunch area; the kids get more tired from going back and forth than from skiing. if you want your young kid to learn how to ski, dodge is NOT the place for you.