Technically the closest snow to the Bay Area, Dodge Ridge provides a fun family ski environment. Smaller than the Tahoe resorts with just 832 ski acres, this resort provides lessons and beginner-friendly skiing in addition to more advanced trails.
What Makes It Great
It doesn't promise many frills and, because it has less snow-making and grooming equipment than the bigger resorts, trails can sometimes be closed. Dodge Ridge is on the edge of Yosemite, making it a great base for other winter activities. As a closer, cheaper option to Tahoe, Dodge Ridge also has a local devoted following from the Sonora area. Discounted lift tickets can be obtained in Sonora or, frequently, from ski conventions. Nearby Pinecrest Lake is home to the University of California alumni summer camp, making it a popular location for many Bay Area families -- who all think it's their own little secret!
Who is Going to Love It
This is a nice, family-friendly area that is perfectly good for skiers of all levels to get in their turns. It's small but closer to the bay area, which saves a long drive out to Tahoe.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Dodge Ridge Ski area is located at 1 Dodge Ridge Rd, Pinecrest, CA 95364. For current conditions and ticket prices, please visit their website.