Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, formerly known as Badger Pass Ski Area, located within Yosemite National Park, has been a favorite for generations of families and a pioneer in the history of winter recreation. The “original ski resort in California”, Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area was the result of increased interest in winter sports during the late 1920s and a Yosemite bid for the 1932 Winter Olympics.
Though Lake Placid was chosen instead, Donald Tresidder, President of Yosemite National Park and the Curry Co., realized the need for more winter facilities such as the Half Dome Village ice rink and the Yosemite Ski School, which taught its first skiers in 1928 on a small hill near the Yosemite Valley stables. The completion of the Wawona Tunnel provided winter access to the more challenging terrain around Chiquapin and Monroe Meadow areas. In 1934 one of the first electric ski tows on the west coast was built on what is now the Old Badger Pass Summit. The Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Day Lodge was completed in 1935 and two sleds known as the “Queen Mary” and “Big Bertha” were added to the “up-ski” the following winter. With continued innovations in the skiing mechanics and ski instruction, tens of thousands of visitors have enjoyed the slopes of Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.
Unpretentious, friendly and affordable, Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area ski area continues to offer a unique and stress-free experience. Featuring one of the best sundecks in the Sierra, you can watch your children learn to ski or snowboard while enjoying the California sunshine. Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is a full-service ski resort offering ski and snowboard instruction, rental equipment, a ski shop, childcare, and a cafeteria and lounge. Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area also has a snow tubing area designed for younger kids who want the excitement of sliding over snow. Kids of all ages are encouraged to join in.
The Yosemite Ski and Snowboard School today employs many members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America® (PSIA) or American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). Yosemite legend, Nic Fiore, retired in 2005 after 55 continuous years as director of the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard School. His memory continues to inspire the passion for winter activities at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. Our children's ski instruction program also offers customized and sensitive ski instruction for children four to six years of age.
Yosemite Cross-Country Ski School at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area provides lessons for all skill levels and also leads ski tours and overnight cross-country skiing excursions to Glacier Point and the Yosemite backcountry. The Center also has rentals for XC touring, skate, backcountry and telemark skis, as well as Pulk Sleds for pulling children, snowshoes, and some overnight snowcamping equipment. Join the Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service on an epic day of snowshoeing through Yosemite's winter wonderland. Our professional guides can lead you through a variety of breath-taking views. During the day, National Park Service naturalists also lead snowshoe walks from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area ranger station.
Best Access and Parking Area
Yosemite's Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is a one-hour drive from Yosemite Valley on Hwy 41 to the Glacier Point Rd. Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Shuttle Buses make it easy for guests staying within the park to get to and from Yosemite's Ski Area for a day of fun on the snow. A free Shuttle leaves daily from Half Dome Village, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Yosemite Valley Lodge.
Snow Sports Area By the Numbers
- During the season, Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm
- 10 runs: 35% beginner, 50% intermediate, 15% advanced
- 5 lifts: 1 triple-chair, 3 double-chair, 1 handle tow
- Beginner-friendly terrain park
- Elevation - 7,200 ft to 8,000 ft, vertical drop - 800 ft
- 85% of our slopes are devoted to beginner and intermediate levels
Offering visitors access to some of the most beautiful vistas on earth, the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is the gateway to a Yosemite cross-country skiing adventure like no other. Enjoy nearly 350 miles of trails and roads in the park, beginning at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, and over 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of machine-groomed track. Cross-country track and skating lanes are groomed from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area to Glacier Point - a 21-mile round trip - and a three-kilometer track is set to the scenic Old Badger Summit. From tranquil snowy day-trips to overnight backcountry excursions to the Ostrander Hut or Glacier Point Hut, both the novice and expert alike can create their perfect trip.
Approximate Operating Season
Open mid-December through March