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Backcountry Skiing

Taking a backcountry ski trip in and around Yosemite National Park introduces the visitor to quiet solitude, beautiful alpine scenery, and the thrill of cutting through untracked snow.

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  • Cut through some untracked snow by taking a backcountry ski trip
  • Many backcountry skiing trails exist in and around Yosemite National Park
  • Glacier Point skiing offers many backcountry trails and premiere overnight trips
  • Enjoy the high elevations and ample snow depths of Mount Dana
  • Leavitt Peak offers 360-degree views


When snow blankets the high country, Yosemite and the surrounding area becomes completely open to exploration by winter travelers. Skiing the backcountry offers the best in winter fun, with a number of spots in and around the park where you can enjoy this exciting activity.

Where to go Backcountry Skiing

There are a number of places within and outside of Yosemite where you can get out and experience the scenic backcountry of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here are only a few:

  • Glacier Point
    At the Badger Pass Ski Area, you’ll find an ideal embarkation point for some incredible trails. The flat and rolling terrain and amazing scenery make this a Nordic trekking bliss. There are more than 90 miles of marked trails and overnight adventures available too.
  • Tioga Pass
    The area around Tioga Pass has a real history for premiere backcountry skiing. At Tioga Pass Resort, you’ll find great terrain and perfect snow pack.
  • Ellery Bowl
    Downhill from Tioga Pass, the Ellery Bowl descent is delight for backcountry skiing. At Ellery Lake you cross the dam and go uphill, and just turn around and descend. Beautiful views of Mount Dana, as well!
  • Mount Dana
    A popular backcountry ski destination, Mount Dana offers the backcountry skier wonderful terrain, invigorating high elevations and ample snow depths. The best time to ski here is in early spring when the Tioga Road is open and access is available.
  • Cleaver Peak
    Close to Bridgeport, California, Cleaver Peak is great for viewing the ragged peaks of the Sawtooth Ridge as well as enjoying the backcountry ski trails. Snowboarding here is also popular. Find a 10-mile out-and-back trail for the strong intermediate skier.
  • Leavitt Peak
    North of Yosemite, you can take off into the backcountry on this 16-mile out-and-back trail for intermediate level skiers. Leavitt Peak is the highest peak in the area, and at the top you’ll have 360-degree views.

Guided Tours & Rentals

A fun way to discover the magic of Yosemite area winters is to take a backcountry ski tour with experienced professionals, so explore the below listings to find the perfect fit for your winter ski vacation.