Best of the central sierra resorts

by: zakk - Mar 15, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: terrain for anyone and anything

    Cons: S-L-O-W lifts

    Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2009


Full review

I had a Snowbomb show ticket that I still needed to use so I headed to Dodge Ridge today, a little concerned about the 800 acres, which is a lot less than just about any place in Tahoe. But I have to say that the people that run Dodge Ridge get the absolute most out of 800 acres.

I'm still learning in the terrain park, so I was on the "little features" when I went for it. They were so small, even going in hot it was hard to get the amplitude to really stomp something cool. The medium features were a bit too much for me, and a progression park would have been great. The parks were in top-notch condition but just need that stepping stone from the kiddie jumps to the 15 footers.

Great grooming as well, everything from the greens to the double blacks were a blast and the linking of trails here should be the case study for other resorts.

The lift lines are SOOOOO SLOOOOW you get tires of sitting. Like sick of it. Even on a solo-trip, I only got about 25 chairs in, a bit low for me.

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