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Dodge Ridge offers both introductory lessons and beginner routes that make it easy for younger skiers to develop a taste for winter sports.

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POSTED December 19, 2012 5:40 p.m.

Dodge Ridge Ski Resort

WHERE: 1 Dodge Ridge Road, Pinecrest CA

WHAT: A full ski and snowboard park which operates under special permit in the Stanislaus National Forest.

LIFTS: 12 (1 quad, 3 triples, 5 doubles and 4 surface lifts.)

TERRAIN: A combination of downhill runs, freestyle terrain parks and ungroomed expert trails comprise the 62 individual routes that patrons can take on various sides of the mountain. Additional trails are available for cross country skiers and snowshoers.

ELEVATION: 8,200 feet at the peak and 6,600 feet at the base.

SNOWFALL: 300 to 500 inches

TO GET THERE: Take Highway 120 East into Oakdale and follow the signs for Yosemite National Park. When Highway 120 splits continue up the hill on Highway 108 through Jamestown, Sonora and Mi-Wuk Village. Make a right onto Pinecrest Lake Road and then the second right onto Dodge Ridge Road. The turn will be marked. The resort is at the top of the hill.



Bear Valley Mountain Resort

WHERE: 2280 State Route 207, Bear Valley CA

WHAT: A full mountain resort complete with a spa, cabins, dining and shopping options which operates under a special permit in the Stanislaus National Forest.

LIFTS: 10 (1 high-speed quad, 2 triples, 5 doubles and 1 carpet lift.)

TERRAIN:  A total of 67 runs – with 25 percent designated for beginner, 40 percent for intermediate and 35 percent for advanced skiers and riders – spread out over 1,280 acres comprise the park and resort. An additional 35 trails covering 3,000 acres exist for cross country skiers and snowshoers.

ELEVATION: 8,500 feet at the peak and 6,600 feet at the base.

SNOWFALL: 359 inches

TO GET THERE: Take Highway 99 North to Highway 4 East. Stay on Highway 4 through Angels Camp and continue on another 45 miles into the Sierra. Make a left onto Highway 207. The resort will be a half-mile up. 



Badger Pass Ski Area

WHERE: Yosemite National Park, CA

WHAT: A small ski area located inside of the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.

LIFTS:  5 (1 triple, 3 doubles and 1 surface lift.)

TERRAIN: With 10 runs covering 90 acres, Badger Pass is a relatively small place for those interested in winter sports. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in wonder as one of only three lift-serviced ski areas within the boundaries of a national park.

ELEVATION: 8,000 feet at the peak and 7,200 at the base.

SNOWFALL: 300 inches

TO GET THERE: Take Highway 99 south and take the Highway 140 East turnoff. Continue along that route through Mariposa and into the Yosemite Valley. Continue onto El Portal Road and make a slight right onto Highway 41 South/Wawona Road – following that route for just under 10 miles. Turn left on Glacier Point Road and continue another five miles.

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