Description - " The closest snow to home", Dodge Ridge is located off all-weather Highway 108 with no mountain passes or road closures to test one's patience. Dodge Ridge is the nearest resort to the Bay Area and Central San Joaquin Valley.
- Dodge Ridge increased in size by one-third in 1998 with the opening of the spectacular Boulder Creek Canyon, and now has some of the best undiscovered terrain in the region. Many innovative adult and children's programs are offered including on-hill historical and environmental sites spread out around the resort.
Recreation - Dodge Ridge is a complete winter sports area, offering downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowskating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Climate - The High Sierra generally experiences mild to warm, dry summers and cold, snowy and wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snowpack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
Dodge Ridge is located in the central Sierra, near the town of Pinecrest.
From the Bay Area: Follow 580 east to the 580/205 interchange past Livermore. Stay with 205 East past I-5 and 99. Take 120 East toward Sonora in Manteca. Stay with 120 through Escalon to Oakdale.
In Oakdale you will turn left to 108 East. This will take you to Sonora. Stay with 108 East through Sonora to Pinecrest (30 miles) and Dodge Ridge.