Description - Since its opening in 1935, Badger Pass Ski Area has been a favorite vacation spot for generations of skiers. California's original ski resort in the spectacular Sierra Nevada is still an ideal place to learn to ski.
- Badger Pass offers a ski and snowboard school, several restaurants, a ski rental and repair shop, day lodge, first aid station, ski patrol, and an outdoor barbecue on most weekends, weather permitting.
Badger Pass is an excellent place to learn to ski since 85% of Badger's slopes are devoted to beginner and intermediate lever skiers.
Recreation - With fewer crowds, Badger Pass offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowshoeing. The park offers NPS-guided snowshoe walks.
Climate - The High Sierra generally experiences mild to warm, dry summers and cold, snowy and wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snowpack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
Yosemite's Badger Pass is a one-hour drive from Yosemite Valley on the Glacier Point Road. A free bus leaves daily from Curry Village, the Ahwahnee Hotel, and the Yosemite Lodge. Check hotel front desks for information.