Located in Pinecrest just 30 miles east of Sonora up Highway 108. The top elevation is 8,200 feet and it is 6,600 feet at the parking lot/base, offering a 1,600 foot vertical drop. The resort celebrated its 70th season in operation in 2020-21. Dodge Ridge is the closest, most accessible, family-friendly winter sports area to the Central Valley and Bay Area.
The resort received over 223 inches of snowfall in the 2020-21 season, or just under 20 feet. The season kicked off on December 21 after a big storm system arrived ahead of the Christmas holiday. The last week of January nine feet of new snow fell and additional snow fell in February and March, with cooler than average temperatures. There was an uptick in new guests from the Bay Area and Central Valley.
Dodge Ridge Facts
- Open daily as snowfall permits
- 60 trails: 12 beginner, 24 intermediate, and 24 expert
- 11 lifts (one fixed grip quad, two triples, five doubles, conveyor 1 & 2 for lessons only, and a surface lift)
Children’s lessons are available in the Snowsports Center for 3-5 year olds or visit the Family Lodge and take them upstairs for a day of fun with the Preschool Snowplay Program.
For current conditions information, check our Daily Snow Report listing for Dodge Ridge.
For rentals and other costs: visit their web site or call (209) 965-3474.
Dodge Ridge History
The Helm family has owned and operated Dodge Ridge for the last 46 years of the resort’s 70-year history. Seven Chairlifts were built in 1985 and chair 8 in 1998, which subsequently tripled the skiable acreage available to Dodge Ridge skiers and riders.
In 2007 a $6 million base area expansion included the addition of the 16,000 sq. ft. Family Lodge. The most recent expansion is the doppelmayar T-Bar in the summer of 2011. T-Bar 643 gains access to the second summit, doubling the length of the shots.
Future expansions to Dodge Ridge include a complete chairlift infrastructure upgrade with the addition of the second summit chairlift and a high-speed detachable lift connecting the lower mountain to the summit with a vertical rise of over 1,400 ft.
More Places To Ski
The Sierra, with its high peaks and heavy snowfall, offers plenty of opportunities for skiing enthusiasts. Average snowfall for wintertime in Calaveras and Tuolumne county ski resorts is around 400 to 450 inches for the entire season. That makes for a great base for snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing. Here we keep track of all 24 California ski resorts.
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