Yosemite National Park Cross Country Skiing, Nordic / X-Country

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Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing in Yosemite National Park and surrounding snowy landscapes provides an intimate and breathtaking way to experience the grandeur of winter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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  • Do some cross-country skiing in Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas
  • Over 350 miles of trails in Yosemite alone
  • Ski the 21-mile roundtrip trail to Glacier Point from Badger Pass Ski Area
  • Warm up in the ski hut near Tuolumne Meadows
  • Find plenty of cross-country skiing around Lee Vining


Yosemite National Park skiing offers more than 350 miles of trails, and there are even more in the areas surrounding the park. Cross-country skiing over pristine snow-covered slopes gives the visitor a tranquil view of this gorgeous mountainous land.

Where to go Cross-country Skiing

To ski Yosemite is something winter sports enthusiasts look forward to every year. There are a number of popular places in the park and nearby areas where cross-country skiing can be done. Besides marked trails at Crane Flat and Mariposa Grove, you’ll find other favorites. The following are only a few:

  • Badger Pass Ski Area
    Yosemite skiing is probably best at the Badger Pass Ski Area, with over 90 miles of trails. Take a 21-mile roundtrip trek to popular Glacier Point. In February, you can enjoy the Annual Nordic Holiday race.
  • Tuolumne Meadows
    Another great destination for skilled skiers is Tuolumne Meadows, with the best access from the eastern side of the Sierras. You’ll find a comfortable ski hut for shelter about 8 miles west of Tioga Pass, with a wood stove, wood, electric lights and hotplate to cook something to eat.
  • Lee Vining
    Around Lee Vining and nearby June Mountain, there is plenty of cross-country skiing available. In fact, wherever there is some snow and a parking place, you’ll find places to begin your cross-country skiing adventure.
  • Stanislaus National Forest
    On the western and northern border of Yosemite, Stanislaus National Forest offers all kinds of winter sports. Over its thousands of acres, you’ll discover premiere cross-country skiing as well as great snowmobiling.

Guided Tours & Rentals

Yosemite ski vacations are even better when done with an experienced tour guide, therefore you should discover the right outfitter for you by browsing the listings on this page.