When the first snow falls, Yosemite transforms from a hiking spot to a winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating. Head to Badger Pass Ski Area for downhill skiing and snowboarding or enjoy the groomed trails for epic cross-country skiing in the backcountry. Whether it’s your first time skiing or you’re a pro, you’re sure to find something thrilling in Yosemite National Park during the winter.
Badger Pass Ski Area
Badger Pass Ski Area has it all for your winter wonderland adventures. Once you arrive, you can rent equipment, get food at the cafeteria, book a lesson with a ski instructor, or hit the slopes.
And, there’s a little something for everyone. With ten ski runs and five chair lifts, you can be up on the slopes within minutes. Alpine skiers can fly down the slopes while snowboarders challenge their skills at the terrain park, and the whole family can enjoy the thrill of the wind in their faces while snow tubing down hills.
Badger Pass Ski Area is open from mid-December through mid-March.
Ski Activities in Yosemite
One of the best parts of winter in Yosemite is the wide variety of activities that are available. The fun doesn’t stop when the snow falls.
Yosemite National Park is home to world-renowned cross-country skiing trails. The trails are regularly maintained and offer skiers outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and famous landmarks.
Backcountry Ski Tours
Join an expert ski guide from the Yosemite Mountaineering School as you explore the backcountry on a ski tour. On your tour, you’ll glide along the beautiful trails and learn about Yosemite’s natural history and wildlife. Tours range in length and distance and can be customized to your skill level. Tours can even include a one or two-night stay at the Glacier Point Ski Hut, where you’ll enjoy hot chocolate by the woodstove, indulge in a delicious, hot meal, and stay in cozy accommodations.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
If you’re looking for downhill skiing and snowboarding, head over to Badger Pass Ski Area. Here, you’ll find instructors, a ski shop, a cafeteria and lounge, and equipment rentals.
The elevation in the park ranges from 7,200 feet to 8,000 feet. Of the 10 runs in the area, you’ll find something for everyone.
- 35% beginner
- 50% intermediate
- 15% advanced
Other Snow Activities
If you’re planning a visit to Yosemite National Park in the winter, skiing isn’t the only snow activity that’s available to you. You can also go tubing, snowshoeing, or ice skating.
Grab your snow tube and head to the top of the hill, then get ready for a thrill. Simply hop in the tube and try to contain your giggles as you fly down the hill. This is the perfect activity for kids, though they must be at least 42 inches tall.
Another wonderful way to explore Yosemite National Park in the winter is by foot. Simply strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trail. The newest snowshoes are light and easy to use. All you need is to strap them on over your winter boots and have a little patience to learn how to walk in them.
After a day of winter adventures, head down to Curry Village to explore, sit by the fire pit, and enjoy views of Half Dome. While you’re there, you can also lace up a pair of skates and hit the rink to fulfill all of your ice skating dreams.
Yosemite Ski School and Lessons
If you’ve never skied before, you’re still welcome at Yosemite National Park. In fact, the Badger Pass Ski Area School has been around since 1928. All lessons are taught by professional instructors who are certified Professional Ski Instructors of America® (PSIA). They’ll teach you skills and help you build your confidence. They guarantee you’ll learn how to ski or snowboard, board the chair lift, and head down the beginner run before the end of the day.
Where to Stay: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Whether you’re looking for a romantic couple’s getaway, traveling as a family, or bringing along all of your friends, you’ll find just the right space at Yosemite Valley Lodge. The wood interiors and ample windows bring in the mountain sunshine, so it’s warm and cozy inside year-round. At the lodge, you’ll find onsite dining, a gift shop, and free parking.
If you’re looking for the perfect winter getaway, look no further than Yosemite National Park. At the Badger Pass Ski Area, you can find all of your favorite winter activities, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and ice skating. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family, for beginners, or for experienced skiers.