Badger Pass Ski Area, operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, opened its cross-country ski and snowshoe services last Friday. Yosemite features about 100 miles of world-class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails accessible from Badger Pass, which includes a groomed trail to Glacier Point. The Nordic Center at Badger Pass Ski Area offers guided snowshoe and cross-country ski excursions, lessons and rentals.
Badger Pass Ski Area requires additional snow to open the downhill and tubing section of the ski area.
The Yosemite Mountaineering School is offering a new Discovery Snowshoe Hike that departs from the Nordic Center. Park visitors will enjoy a guided three-hour snowshoe excursion with expert guides through fir and pine forests to Old Badger Pass summit, which features stunning views of the Clark Range and Yosemite's high country.
Discovery Snowshoe Hikes will be offered every Saturday and Sunday during the season at 1 p.m. The cost is $21 for adults and $11 for children including snowshoe rentals. The cost is $5 per person for individuals who have their own snowshoes.
"Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing offer visitors to Yosemite National Park the opportunity to venture into the winter landscape and learn about the natural wonders and unique characteristics that make winter in Yosemite so special," said Colin Baldock, Badger Pass Ski Area general manager.
Additional snow adventures offered through the Nordic Center at Badger Pass Ski Area include guided snowshoe hikes to Dewey Point, backcountry ski lessons and tour to Tempo Dome and a snowshoe excursion through the Merced Grove featuring ancient giant sequoia trees.
For online lodging reservations and information for Badger Pass Ski Area, visit YosemitePark.com or call (801) 559-4949. To obtain 24-hour ski conditions, call (209) 372-1000.