Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park

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Badger Pass

Badger Pass is a ski area in the heart of Yosemite National Park, welcoming families for great skiing, snowboarding and more in one of America’s most famous national parks. Read More

  • Badger Pass Ski Area offers incredible skiing, snowboarding, tubing and even cross-country skating
  • Located in the heart of Yosemite National Park
  • Generally open from mid-December to late March
  • Experience an overnight cross-country skiing trip
  • Let the kids have a ball by snow tubing for hours

Overview

Badger Pass CA in Yosemite National Park sits at about 7,200 feet, with summits of up to 8,000 feet. This makes for incredible skiing, snow boarding, tubing and so much more to experience in winter family fun.

Location & Information

Badger Pass California is in the southern part of Yosemite, about five miles east of Highway 41 on Glacier Point Road.

Badger Pass typically is open from mid-December to late March or early April, weather permitting.

Contact information: Mailing address is Badger Pass, 9001 Village Drive, Yosemite, CA 95389. The ski area’s phone number is 209-372-8430 and a snow report can be obtained by calling 209-372-1000.

Activities

Badger Pass Yosemite offers plenty of snowy sports for families who love to get out and enjoy a winter vacation.

  • Downhill Skiing
    Many of the slopes (85%) at Badger Pass cater to the beginner and intermediate levels, making this ideal for family fun. There are 90 acres of skiable terrain, with five lifts so you won’t be waiting in line.
  • Snowboarding
    With more than 15 snowboard features, Yosemite’s Badger Pass provides snowboard enthusiasts a wonderful opportunity to learn new maneuvers, and beginners find it a perfect place to learn the art. Lesson packages are also available with skilled instructors.
  • Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing
    When Badger Pass is open, Glacier Point Road, from the ski area to Glacier Point, becomes a cross-country ski trail. At Glacier Point, the gift shop is converted into a ski hut, where you can even stay overnight. You can access other places in the high country from this ski area. The cross-country and snowshoe trails are a special highlight of Badger Pass in Yosemite. There are 84 miles of these trails as well as other overnight huts so you can embark on an extended trip.
  • Cross-country Skating
    Those who love cross-country skating will find over 9 miles of trails along Glacier Point Road so they can enjoy a unique adventure.
  • Tubing
    The tubing area at Badger Pass is a favorite with the younger set. Get out there and slide for a 2-hour (or more) funfest.
  • Yosemite Springfest
    Badger Pass puts on a winter carnival each year, in approximately late March at the end of the ski season. Join in for some exciting cross-country ski races, obstacle courses, contests and much more.

Fun Facts

Yosemite Badger Pass has been around for quite some time. Glacier Point Road opened in 1935 and a ski lodge was built in Monroe Meadow. The first season saw over 25,000 skiers. The first ski lift in the West was installed in 1936, called the Upski. It was a large sled carrying six people and moving up and downhill on a cable.

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