Yosemite National Park has some of the most beautiful cross-country skiing trails anywhere. Experience skiing in a variety of environments, from the silent snow blanketed forest to trails with outstanding panorama views of the Sierra Nevada’s and many famous Yosemite landmarks. All from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area at Badger Pass.
Although there are some very challenging trails for advanced cross country ski and telemark, if you are new to cross country skiing no problem, take a lesson at the Yosemite's Cross-Country Ski School. Beyond providing lessons for skiers of all levels, the School also offers ski tours and leads overnight trips to Glacier Point and the Yosemite backcountry.
Our lodge is only a 20 minute drive to the Yosemite Ski & Snow Board Area at Bader Pass. Since 1935, Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area California’s first established ski area has been a favorite family destination. The non-intimidating slopes and casual atmosphere make it perfect for beginning skiers and provide a fine setting for a relaxing family day in the snow and sunshine. And when you’re ready to relax and warm up, come back to the Peregrine Lodge and enjoy the winter views in cozy comfort.
From the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, you’ll find 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of groomed track.
Additionally, the School offers rental equipment—including cross-country skis, skate skis, telemark skis, snowshoes and specialized sleds for pulling children . The school is open daily all winter from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Half-Day Rate Hours: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
All rentals must be turned in by 4:00 pm otherwise next-day fee will be charged. Locker Rentals Available. (Day Use Lockers: $16.00 per day)
Classic Cross Country Ski Pkg (skis, boots & poles)
|Adult (12 and over)|
|Child (12 and under)|
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area at Badger Pass offers rentals for Telemarks Skis, Back-Country Skis, Skate Skis & Snowshoes, as well as camping equipment and a childs pull sled. Contact Badger Pass for more information.
TIP! Get out early! Badger Pass has a small parking lot and it fills up early. On days when the snow is good and especally around a holiday the earlier the better. The park rangers will close Glacier Point road at highway 41 when the lot is full.
The park offers over 100 miles of back country and groomed trails out of Badger Pass. For the experienced skier the entire park is your play ground. Ski out of Crain Flat where you can explore snow covered meadows and giant seqioua trees groves. Access the Yosemite back country via Crain Flat, or Snow Creek Trail out of the valley.
Take an overnight or multi day ski trip to Glacier Point Ski Hut, or the Ostander Ski Hut. Maybe try your skill at snow camping in your favorite four season tent or make that awsome snow igloo. Or maybe you want to really chalenge yourself and make a trans Sierra ski trip ending in Yosemite Valley. What ever your skill level, or taste for adventure is you will find it the Park.
Wear warm layers so you can thermoregulate.
Always bring along extra food and water in case of emergencies. Keep hydrated, drink lots of water.
Have a good trail map and a compass—not to mention the knowledge of how to use them.
Remember that you’re sharing these trails with other winter recreationist. If you’re snowshoeing, stay out of ski tracks.
Because weather can change so quickly at Yosemite, and temperatures dropped quickly as you gain altitude, it's important to be prepared for any weather you may come across—especially if you’re cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. It's possible to be gliding along in the sunshine one minute and hunkered down for a blizzard the next.
Remember Yosemite Bears do not hibernate all year round. They may wake up and roam around looking for a snack. Don't lose your food to a bear with bed hair and a cranky disposition. Always practice smart food retention. When eating never be more then an arms reach from your food. And of course pack it in, pack it out. Don't be a litter bug.
Tire chains my be required depending on weather conditions. You must have chains when entering a chain control area even if you are driving a four-wheel drive or rental vehicle. NPS strongly recommends to have chains or cables in your possession during November through March, however, chain requirements can happen as early as September and late as May. Please keep in mind that chains are dependent on the weather condition and not time of year. Find more information at National Park Service Tire Chains.
For up-to-date information on Yosemite's road conditions, call the 24-hour National Park Service road status line at 209.372.0200. Select option #1 from both menus. You can find additional information online on National Park Service Yosemite Current Conditions. Download our Winter Driving Tips PDF doc.
The following roads close each winter. Closures typically begin in November and end in May.
Tioga Road (CA 120 East) When Tioga Road is closed, there is no access to Yosemite's high country by car. The eastern entrances to the park at Lee Vining Canyon via Highway 395 is closed when the road is closed. Tioga Road typically opens in late May/June and closes in October/November.
Glacier Point Road When the Glacier Point Road is closed for the winter, the first 5 miles are plowed and maintained to provide access to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. The road beyond Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is groomed for cross-country skiing. Glacier Point Road is typically closed Mid-December through March.
Mariposa Grove Road While Mariposa Grove Road is closed, visitors can travel the road on foot, snowshoes, or skis to access the Mariposa Grove. The distance from the parking lot at the road entrance gate to the Mariposa Grove is two miles. Mariposa Grove is currently closed due to renovation and there is no access at this time. The park service has put the grove off limits to even hikers during the renovation. I do not know what the access is for skiers. The Grove is due to open in Spring 2018, but don't hold your breath it is already 2 years behind schedule.
Proprietors: David Maynard & Vonnie Coombs
7509 Henness Circle, Yosemite CA, 95389
Yosemite Peregrine Lodging is located inside the gates of Yosemite National Park in the Yosemite West development. You have to enter Yosemite to get to Yosemite West. Don't let other hotel operators fool you. Ask for a physical address and check them out on a map before you make your reservation. Some accommodations claim to be minutes from Yosemite and are actually an hour or more.