Hear from our happy guests!

January 2015

A week ago today my family and I went to enjoy a day of snowboarding. We signed my daughter and step-son up for children’s lessons. My daughter is seven and son is five. Their instructor was Rian, she was incredible. This was the first time either of the kids attempted something like this and from the first part of the day to the end they were totally different kids.  I know I’m probably biased, but they looked like the best kids out there. She was so good with them and they absolutely loved her. It’s been a week and they still talk about her and consider her a friend. I’ve been yelled at twice for not living in the snow so they can snowboard every day. I’d like to give her a special thank you. She is terrific at what she does. She had patience and motivation and most importantly she befriended them.

Debra, Bethany, and Clayton

February 2014

Just got home after 3 days of skiing and want to thank your grooming crew for a fantastic job!! I was expecting poor conditions with the lack of snow but was so impressed with your area we even skied an extra day!! Putting snow on the runs leading down from chairs 5 and 7 to the lodge was most impressive too. It was my first days this season on my first season pass at Dodge in over 30 years. Great work!!
Dell Redding

Here’s to the Dodge Ridge staff…Hurray!
I came up last Wednesday and Thursday and then again on Sunday and Monday.
I gotta tell you that even though mother nature has not been generous with providing
much snow at Dodge Ridge, your staff there has done a marvelous job with what you
The grooming crew did a remarkable job in making the mountain skiable. They deserve
a lot of credit. And so do the engineers who got chair 5 working again in not time.

So thanks again and hopefully the Dodge Ridge 2014 season can continue on for awhile.

Stephen Pavlik
Season Pass Holder

Please give our sincere thanks to Gay, my daughter Emily’s ski lessons teacher today.
Gay was very gentle and kind to my Emily. This is my daughter’s first ski lessons, and she
loved it. Thanks so much for Gay’s patience with her.

God Bless you all at Dodge Ridge.
The Felton’s

February 2013

“My friend and I spent several days at Dodge Ridge, enjoying the well groomed slopes, the
beautiful weather and the pleasant atmosphere of your cafeteria. Originally from Austria, I have
skied in resorts there, as well as in resorts in France, Italy and Switzerland. Here in the States I
can only compare Dodge Ridge with the Sun Valley Resort, and the Idaho place comes out short
in every aspect, except for lodging and the Jacuzzi pool.

On Sunday, February 17, due to the three-day weekend, the resort was extremely busy. A helpful parking lot attendant showed us where to unload and where to park. When we proceeded to purchase our day-passes, Jason Reed greeted us in a friendly manner. Contrary to our expectations there were no lines at the ticket counter, since several cashiers were operating. We did not have to wait for the boots, but were immediately taken care of by a red haired, friendly young man. The expected bottle-neck did not happen at the ski rental either. The whole operation was run very professionally with smiling employees everywhere!

We had a great day of skiing and ended the day with pizza and beer on your sunny patio.
Although all the tables outside as well as indoors were occupied, we shared a table with some
other guests, observing the busboys cleaning up after some customers who didn’t. Again we
experienced friendly, helpful staff in the kitchen, check-out, and bar, supervised by Sam, who
seemed to be everywhere.

When we were leaving, the young redhead who helped us in the morning inquired if we had a
great day and thanked us for coming. It was not a rehearsed greeting offered to everyone as
might be expected in a luxury restaurant, but a spontaneous, friendly one. On our way back to
the parking lot, the attendant was again helpful and smiling

We were extremely impressed by your resort and would like to thank you for, that great

Horst Mieth

January 2013

Hi, I would like to tell the Helms that we have had such a good experience every time we have gone up the hill to ski. I would really like them to know we have had such great service at their shop. Casey McCaffery and Bobby Mackey have been exceptionally helpful. Casey, especially has gone the extra bit to make sure we were happy and satisfied. My family has had great times at Dodge this year, and that is because every employee from the staff in the cafeteria to every lift operator has been friendly and professional. Good job too all and come on snow!
- The Stark family

February 2012

I am a seasoned SEASON PASS HOLDER and I just want to say you guys are ALL doing a
great job considering our minimal snow depth. The grooming and patch repairs have been awesome.
I have skied the last 6 days out of 7 and actually feel the snow quality has been very good.

April 2011

As a long-time season pass holder, I’d first like to thank you for such a wonderful year. Dodge Ridge truly is a family-friendly resort. However, the real reason I’m writing you is to commend Dodge Ridge for excellence in the recruitment and training of its lift operations staff. Their professional and friendly service makes a great skiing experience just that much better. I’d especially like to recognize the efforts of following individuals: Jimmie: Chair 5, Nick: Chair 7 (mostly), Bruce & Stephen: Chair 8. But, the Gold Star has to go to Spencer – the lead at Chair 7. He did an outstanding job and was always quick to greet you with a smile. Given the continuous big dumps we received this year, I frequently saw Spencer working his tail off to keep things safe, moving and running smoothly. He’s a very hard worker and always maintains a great attitude.

May 2010

What a great ski season we had this year! I can’t wait till next year. I want to thank you and your staff for such a wonderful year. You truly made dreams come true for many children and adults with disabilities.
Marci Boucher, Executive Director / Society for Handicapped Children and Adults

March 2010

Thank you so much for your continued support and sponsorship of the Society for the Handicapped Children and Adults Winter Skiing Unlimited program. You staff was professional, helpful, and kind to our Ski-A-Thon participants and the SHCA staff and volunteers. This year’s fundraiser was a huge success! We are so appreciative of our partnership with Dodge Ridge in these programs, please enjoy the enclosed group photo for your plaque.
Best Regards, Brenna.

February 2010

Just want to thank you for a great time! I’ve not skied in 7 years and was a bit nervous getting back into ski boots. Your staff was wonderful. They suggested that I take a lesson. James was my ski instructor. The class that I took was Jan. 30th at 12:30. He was very patient and knowledgeable. Having taken many ski classes in my life, I could tell immediately that he is one of the “good ones.” What I appreciate the most was his perception that I didn’t need the full blown beginner lessons and asked Cherie to take me aside to give me more individual instructions. Cherie is a hoot. She brings such loving energy to the slopes. I was so impressed by her patience and positive attitude. She worked hard to assist skiiers with a wide range of abilities. I really appreciate the time and energy she spent with me, pointing out my deficiencies. Most of all, I really loved the way she was able to build up my confidence. With her by my side, I realize that skiing is a bit like riding a bike. One doesn’t forget.We really enjoyed ourselves. Dodge Ridge is the perfect ski destination for families such as ours, with little children. I want to return again this year and am currently asking friends to join our family in the fun.

P.S. Love, love, love dropping off the kids for ski lessons and knowing that they are well looked after.Love the equipment looking practically brand new.

April 2009

Thanks from the Whitehurst Family for another great season – over too soon. Over the past eight seasons my wife and I and our three sons have made Dodge our winter home, returning to the valley during the week to take care of annoying details such as work and school – things that get in the way of real important stuff like powder days.

Your season pass program has made it possible for us to unite as a family around a common passion and not break the bank in the process. My wife Jeana and I wanted to thank you.

Your family resort approach is a success. We are comfortable allowing our three sub – to teenage sons to roam the whole mountain, and we know that if they screw up, Sam or Mel or Walt or Mark or Sarah or someone else who recognizes them from your staff will set them straight – and let us know.

The tree skiing really improved this last season – or maybe it had to do with the conditions. I hope to discover more of that in coming years.

I started skiing in 1967 at Dodge. I am truly amazed at how your delightful resort has grown and developed over the years into a serious skier’s resort. Anyone who belittles the sliding at Dodge hasn’t hit the Sonora Glades on a powder day, or Granite Bowl with good spring snow – like it was on closing day.

Best regards to you and your staff,
Al and Jeana Whitehurst and Adam, Evan and Matt

Past comments from guests:

“I took my three and a half year old daughter, Barb, up to Dodge Ridge on Saturday for her first time skiing. What a fantastic day we had! After two times up the rope tow with her between my legs it was evident that I wasn’t going to be able to teach her all by myself all day. I enquired about lessons to one your instuctors who was standing outside and he made it happen, happily and immediately. Loved that “can do” attitude! Within fifteen minutes, my daughter met her instructor, Brent Corson, a very sweet man and incredibly wonderful teacher. Barb had the time of her life and learned how to ski in two hours. After lunch Barb and I took six runs on Chair #6. As someone with a Masters in Education with twenty years experience teaching/flight instructing, I can tell you that Brent really knows how to teach and how to relate to his students. I will recommend him to my friends for sure. Everyone we met and ran into at the area were wonderful to us, from the ticket counter staff, the instructors, the lift operators (Barb loved Rhonda at Chair #6), the food service people, to the young man cleaning tables in the Bistro. They all seemed so happy. I also appreciated how clean the area was, especially the bathrooms and restaurant. You not only talk the talk about being family friendly, you walk the walk! The service you provide combined with the price and atmosphere are unmatched. We’ll be back, most likely sometime this week! Only wish winter would last a little longer!”

“I wanted to say thanks for a great time this weekend. My two daughters competed in the Family Winter Carnival and had a great time. We have been pass holders for several years and this is exactly the reason why we will continue to be pass holders. Family events that include both the parents and kids are what Dodge Ridge is all about. The fact that you gave away medals and ribbons for the winners and participates was icing on the cake. Also, I have to hand it to Corby and Emily along with the rest of the Dodge Ridge staff that ran the event. Great Job!”

“I just wanted to thank you again for all the time and effort that you and your fantastic crew put into the carnival. My wife and kids had an excellent time. My kids were still talking about the races and the “big” air they grabbed on Saturday, this morning before school. Another cool thing that happened was the first run down a race course for my wife, she loved it. We really appreciate all that you guys do for the mountain.”

“I thought I would send a you a quick note since my husband and I have been skiing at this resort for the past 30 years. The new Family Lodge is very, very nice. The employees this year are wonderful as in past years. You are doing a great job.”

“Can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the WebCam. Thanks!”

“Congratulations on the grand opening of the new Family Lodge. You have created a great new space for all of us to enjoy, especially the kids. All of your hard work to get the lodge opened so soon is greatly appreciated.”

“I brought my son Zachary who is eleven years old to Dodge yesterday for the first time in two years. Zachary was very excited to get to Dodge yesterday and was out of the car and on a lift as fast as he could go. Zachary accidentlly got on chair 3 thinking he was getting on chair 2. Zac got stuck in deep powder three times, felt at times like he was lost and by the time he showed up in the lodge after just one run he was defeated and wanted to go home. I finally convinced Zac to take a private lesson before he gave up. At 11:30 I handed Zachary off to a young instructor named Samuel for a two hour private lessage. At the time I wasn’t sure that Zachary would stay for the whole two hours. I went to pick Zac up two hours later and he was brimming with confidence. Samuel had reinforced the things Zac already knew, taught him how to carve, showed him how to avoid getting stuck in the powder and the very last thing they did together in my son’s words was, “We conquered Chair 3.” For the first time ever Zachary continued to board until the lifts closed and he was forced off the mountain. Samuel restored confidence in a little boy! Samuel also did something for me by teaching him soemthing that I know nothing about. To sum things up, Samuel made a little boy very happy and a father very proud. Thank you for employing such fine young people like Samuel.”

“I’m with the Society of the Handicapped working with sit skis and wanted you to know that every time we have been up your lift operators have always been so helpful. They even go the extra mile at the bottom of #3 and #7. Thanks!”

“Just wanted to pass along what a nice time we had at your resort on Friday the 15th. Too many times you only hear of the bad things that happened or the complaints. Well, I must say, from the time we walked into the main lodge to the time we left, we were treated so nicely by everyone we came into contact who worked there. From the gal at the front line in the lodge, the ski rental folks, to the workers on the slopes, to Group Sales, to the instructors who worked with my son on snowboarding and skiing. My 14 year old son, who had never been on either, took a ski lesson in the afternoon. In two hours of one-on-one instruction, he came down the hill of Chair #6 without falling. His self-esteem and confidence was sky high unlike I had ever seen before. All I can say is his instructor was “cool” and did an awesome job of connecting with him. I know I am leaving some people out, but please know that every time we came across a Dodge Ridge employee, they all smiled and asked if we needed help or could they help. Awesome customer service that you just don’t find anymore.”

“Thank you for two wonderful ski dates at Dodge Ridge. Sierra View Christian School had the best time on the slopes. The children all improved in their skiing abilities, thanks to your wonderful classes. Thank you for answering all my questions and superior service. We look forward to more field trips next year. Thank you to everyone who had a part in our fabulous ski days at Dodge Ridge.”