The holidays are a special time in Yosemite Park, and events book up early. Call today to get on the waitlist for Yosemite's Bracebridge Celebration for 2013!
*We do not make reservations for these activities in advance. Please arrange when you arrive at your park hotel.*
As the days shorten and the shadows grow, you'll discover a powerful sense of peace here. Fall's graceful glide into winter gives visitors a peek behind the curtains, so to speak, as Mother Nature preps her flora and fauna for a nap. Winter snows bring a whole new ambiance to the park as well as a veriety of new activities and adventures...
Down Hill Skiing...
California's Original ski area, Badger Pass has been a favorite of winter loving families for generations.Unpretentious, friendly and affordable, badger pass offers a uniquely stress-free atmosphere. Featuring one of the best sundecks in the Sierra Nevada, you can watch the children learn to ski or snowboard while enjoying the California sunshine. Badger Pass is a full-service ski resort offering ski and snowboard instruction, rental equipment, ski shop, child care, cafeteria and lounge and free shuttle service from Yosemite Valley. Located on the road to Glacier Point, Badger Pass is about a 40 minute drive from the Yosemite Valley and is open mid-December through mid-March, depending on conditions.
There are nearly 350 miles of skiable trails and roads within Yosemite Park. Over 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of machine groomed track begin right at Badger Pass ski area. Cross-country track and skating lanes are groomed from Badger Pass to glacier point (a 21 mile round trip). From silent snowy day-trips to overnight adventures, the novice and expert alike can create their perfect trip.
The Cross-Country Center & Ski School has everything from equipment rentals and sales to knowledgeable guides and daily lessons, as well as scheduled and custom designed day and overnight trips.
Relive the childhood joy of sledding with a new twist. Badger Pass has created specially groomed slopes exclusively for sliding on custom-designed innertubes made for the snow. Located right next to the ski slopes at Badger Pass, snowtubing offers a convenient and affordable alternative way to enjoy the snow.
Sled Dog Adventures
Your adventure begins as your guided team is harnesed and surges forward, with you comfortably tucked into your sled. You will explore the Sierra with your guide and an incredible team of happy four-legged athletes. This is truly the experience of a lifetime.
Yosemite Trails Sleigh Rides takes you on a grand forest tour for a wonderfully nostalgic interlude. We'll place a hansome wager that you can't go the entire ride without singing "Over the hills and through the woods..."
Enjoy a two-hour ranger-led snowshoe walk from Badger Pass. Look for signs of wildlife, learn about winter ecology and get some great exercise! Don't miss special snowshoe walks during nights of the full moon. No experience is necessary and snowshoe rentals are available for a small fee.
Glacier Point Overnight Tours
Overnight tours to Glacier Point are led by an experienced guide, you'll enjoy miles of scenic cross-country skiing on intermediate groomed tracks to scenic Glacier Point. Dormitory-style overnight accommodations are provided in the Glacier Point Ski Hut, a contemporary stone and log lodge located 3,200 feet above Yosemite Valley. Lunch and diner is provided on the first day, and breakfast and lunch is provided on day two.
Imagine the pleasure of ice skating under the shadow of two of Yosemites most dramatic sights -- Half Dome and Glacier Point. The Ice Skating Rink located at Curry Village has delighted visitors for generations. The rink is open mid-November through mid-March (weather permitting), with daytime and evening ice sessions. The rink offers a rental and retail shop, waming hut with snack and beverage vending machines and a toasty firepit.
Take a two-hour winter sightseeing tour of Yosemite Valley in a comfortable, enclosed motorcoach with large windows. Tours depart twice daily from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.
Yosemite Association Winter Adventures
Want to enjoy the park while taking an informative and educational class? The Yosemite Association offers classes on photography, winter ecology, snowshoeing, cross-country adventures and American Indian lifeways.
Based at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, the winter theatre program offers pleasant evening entertainment.