Pinecrest Chalet and Dodge Ridge Team up for “Lair Winter Weekends”

Jeff Hauff Media Center, Plan Your Trip

Guest post from our neighbors at Pinecrest Chalet:

Just minutes away from Dodge Ridge, the Pinecrest Chalet has for years hosted skiers in quaint, cozy cabins, perfect for après-ski relaxation and rejuvenation. This winter, and for the first time ever, the Chalet is teaming up with our friends at Dodge Ridge to offer “Lair Winter Weekends.” It’s family fun U.C. Berkeley style, thanks in large part to the proximity of Dodge Ridge Ski Area.

Owned and operated by U.C. Berkeley’s Cal Alumni Association and open to the general public, the Pinecrest Chalet is a one-of-a-kind family adventure hotel that is going through a period of beautification and re-organization, including landscaping, interior and exterior make-overs, and the creation of new communal areas, including our “Bear Garden” courtyard, a Lodge, and Den and indoor play rooms for kids.

But perhaps most exciting is our partnership with our neighbors at Dodge Ridge. Family owned and operated since 1950, Dodge Ridge offers Skiing + Riding with 852 acres, 1600 vertical feet, and a diverse range of terrain, from the Riglet Park learning area to the Granite Bowl.  Dodge Ridge also offers a wide range of excellent snowsports programs for everyone – from kids as young as 2, up to Masters Clinics for ages 50+.  Our two family friendly establishments are collaborating this winter with lift ticket discounts, Nordic and Snowshoe rentals, and door-to-door transport to the mountain.  Dodge Ridge season pass holders can also take advantage of exclusive discounts on mid week stays at Pinecrest Chalet (call for details).

The Chalet’s “Winter Lair” weekends feature three meals a day, evening entertainment, child care and creative activities, including “lite” winter sports/games, and a survival course that would make Jack London proud. We also have an art area and game den for the kids. There’s something for adults and children of all ages, and it’s all led by the same amazing staffers who run the U.C. Berkeley family camps during the summers.

The fun doesn’t stop when the Spring arrives either! Starting in the summer of 2014, the Pinecrest Chalet Adventure Shack will offer a set of adventure packages that includes river rafting, fly fishing, rock climbing, archery, stand-up paddle boarding, and more. Our experienced staff will lead guests on adventures that explore some of the hidden gems our wilderness area has to offer.

Lastly, the Pinecrest Chalet is now hosting group events in the Spring and Fall! Bring your group to Pinecrest for your wedding, company or church retreats, and family reunions!  Our neighbors at Dodge Ridge Ski Area also offer venue and event planning services for your upcoming weddings and gatherings in Spring, Summer and Fall.  Learn more at

We’re looking forward to seeing you up at the Pinecrest Chalet soon. Go BRRRRRS!!!

For reservations or for more information about our Lair Winter Weekends program
go online to or call (209) 965-3276