Badger Pass Ski Resort lets you enjoy the majesty of Yosemite without the summer crowds. Yosemite National Park
is an area of stunning natural beauty and a visit
to the park is a once in a lifetime experience.
Each summer, over 3 million visitors make
their way to see its spectacular geological structures,
waterfalls and streams, and diverse flora and
fauna. Unfortunately, this influx of tourists
can lead to congestion on the park’s roads
and rest areas. What better way to visit Yosemite
than in winter, as part of a day skiing?
Yosemite National Park was the home of some
of the first organized skiing in California. A
ski school was founded in the park in the late
1920s and a small ski hill at Tenaya Creek Bridge
followed soon afterwards. Attempts were made to
bring the 1932 Winter Olympics to Yosemite in
conjunction with the summer games in Los
Angeles. Despite losing the winter games to
Lake Placid, New
York, the first ski lift at Yosemite was built
at Badger Pass in 1933. By the 1935/1936 ski season,
over 25,000 people were coming to Badger Pass
Today, Badger Pass Ski Resort has ten named
runs serviced by five lifts. The vertical drop
is 700 feet. The terrain at Badger Pass Yosemite
is generally suited to beginners and intermediate
skiers — an excellent place to bring a family.
There are one or too advanced runs, but nothing
to seriously challenge an expert.
Badger Pass’ attraction, for skiers of
any level, is its incredible setting. The view
across the Sierra Nevada from the top of the lifts
is awesome. Perhaps it is the natural beauty that
fosters the friendly atmosphere. Skiing at Badger
Pass Ski Resort is much more low-key experience
than at Heavenly
Valley or other Lake
Tahoe resorts and with a much more laid-back
crowd than at Big
Bear or other Southern
California ski areas. It is also relatively
inexpensive; tickets start at about $30.
In addition to the downhill runs for skiers and snowboarders, Badger Pass Yosemite is the center for a large network of cross-country ski trails, with about 90 miles of marked trails, over 20 miles of which are groomed. Rental equipment and private guides are available for the uninitiated.
Badger Pass Ski Resort is about 230 miles from San Francisco on Highway 120 and about 300 miles from Los Angeles. The road to the Badger Pass is narrow and windy; in heavy snow it is advisable to the free shuttle from Yosemite Valley.
Most visitors will want to spend a few days at Badger Pass Yosemite to soak in the regions beauty. There is some fine accommodation near Badger Pass, including the famous Ahwahnee Hotel and the historic Wawona Hotel. Most hotels in the area survive on their summer trade, so it usually easy to get winter reservations.
Perhaps you’ve seen Yosemite National Park in the summer, behind a caravan of cars. A trip to Badger Pass Ski Resort is a perfect excuse to revisit it under a blanket of snow.