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The Motherlode area is home to both Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski areas. Bear Valley and Dodge both usually open in November and offer ski and snow board enthusiast a variety of trails for all levels of skill from beginner to professional. The Dodge Ridge Ski Resort: is Located in the community of Pinecrest off Highway 108. The resort offers 1,600 vertical feet, 67 runs, 12 lifts and 862 acres of skiable terrain. The Bear Valley Ski Resort is located up highway 4, the resort offers 1,900 vertical feet 1,680 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain parks featuring numerous features. Bear Valley averages over 30 feet of annual snowfall per year..