Recommend a quiet NorCal family ski destination
January 24, 2012 2:04 PM Subscribe
Looking for recommendations for a quiet family ski area in Northern California. Special snow...er, details in side.
posted by mosk to sports, hobbies, & recreation (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We're a family of four, with two kids, 11 and 7. We're taking the kids up to the snow in about a month for a brief but much-needed vacation, and will have a total of four days or so on the slopes. My wife and I both ski, but neither kid has any real experience with skiing, and we'd like to go somewhere where we can take some private lessons as a family and have a good time. Friendly and uncrowded is what we want. Ideally, we'd take some private family lessons in the morning and ski some bunny slopes with the kids in the afternoon. We mainly want downhill, but we might go cross country skiing one day as well.
The catch, I suppose, is that I'd like to go some place much more laid back than Tahoe, or really any of the large resorts. I was originally thinking of Dodge Ridge (which I last skied ~20 years ago), or perhaps Badger Pass (which I've never skied), but I would welcome other recommendations and especially recent and relevant experiences. We've done Tahoe to death so I want to go some place outside the greater Tahoe area -- so no North or South Tahoe resorts, no Bear Valley, no Kirkwood, etc. North or south of Tahoe is fine, as long as it's family friendly and within a 5-6 hour drive of SF.
Bonus if you can also recommend lodging.