California’s oldest winter sports area is a wonderful place for families and for learning how to ski. Located in Yosemite National Park, most of Badger’s slopes are devoted to beginner and intermediate level skiers.
Badger Pass’s elevation is between 7,200 feet and 8,000 feet. The park offers almost 350 miles of ski-able trails and roads. There is a wonderfully scenic 21-mile round trip cross-country track and skating lanes that are groomed from Badger Pass to Glacier Point. Three-kilometer track is also groomed to the scenic Old Badger Summit or enjoy the other 90 serene miles of marked cross-country trails that begin at Badger Pass.
Badger Pass Facts
- Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., mid December through early April, weather permitting.
- Apline Runs: 3 beginner, 5 intermediate, 2 advanced
- 5 lifts (1 triple-chair, 3 double-chair, 1 cable tow)
In addition to areas around Badger Pass, marked winter trails are available at Crane Flat, in Yosemite’s back-country and among the Giant Sequoias of the Mariposa Grove. Tuolumne Meadows is also a popular destination for skilled wilderness skiers. Nordic skiing in these areas will inspire the feeling that you are at the top of world in near-total solitude. Overnight in well- appointed wilderness huts as you cross from ridge to ridge, traversing the vast expanse of parkland.
Whether your ski of snow-shoe the temperature ranges from 30 to 60 degrees. All overnight users are required to register for overnight parking at the Badger Ranger Station. They advise to dress in layers of synthetic clothing (polypropylene, Fleece, Gore-Tex, etc.) for warmth and be sure to bring along plenty of water and high-energy foods, as wintertime weather can be brutal. Be prepared for sudden storms. If you are not familiar with assessing avalanche conditions stay on the marked trails at Badger pass, Crane Flat and the Mariposa Grove.
You can also take the kids snow tubing at Yosemite. It is designed for younger kids who want the excitement of sliding over snow, but kids of all ages are encouraged to join in.
For current conditions information, check our Daily Snow Report listing for Badger Pass.
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