Best Winter Activities in Yosemite



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So few visitors come to this popular national park in the winter, you really can have large portions of it virtually to yourself. It's still accessible and so beautiful. Sporting types will want to head to Badger Pass Ski Area; a free shuttle will get you there from Yosemite Valley or Wawona. Downhill or cross-country skiing are great here, and snowshoeing has mushroomed in popularity. With the Valley's cliff's done up in black and white, it's like an Ansel Adams photograph - take a free camera walk with the AA Gallery staff and bring home your own images of magic. Stroll up to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls to see the creek and cliff coated with ice and snow - so different from summer. At Curry Village is one of California's only outdoor ice skating rink, with a roaring fire for when you need a break. For a fancy treat, see if you can get a ticket for the Ahwahnee Hotel's grand holiday feast, the legendary Bracebridge Dinner. Outdoor athletes can find themselves all alone among the giant trees of the Mariposa Grove; you'll need XC skis or snowshoes to get there. Hardier physique yet is needed to ski out to the cozy Ostrander Ski Hut where you can base for a few days of exploring Yosemite's backcountry ski bowls.
The park is open every day of the year. Call 209/372-0200 for updated road and weather conditions; you'll often need to have tire chains in your car if Sierra snow has come recently.

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Author: Pete Devine


Day 1 - Yosemite National Park, Yosemite


1

Cross-Country Ski School

Location:

Glacier Point Rd
(Badger Pass Ski Area)
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Contact:

tel: +1 209 372 8344


2

Ansel Adams Gallery Camera Walk

Location:

Yosemite Valley Area
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Contact:

tel: +1 209 372 4413
fax: +1 209 372 4714


3

Lower Yosemite Falls Day Hike

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Location:

Northside Drive
(Yosemite Valley)
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Contact:

tel: +1 209 372 0200


4

Curry Village

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Location:

9010 Curry Village Dr
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Contact:

tel: 1 559 252 4848


5

Mariposa Grove

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Location:

Mariposa Grove Road
Park at the Wawona Store parking area and walk east 0.25 miles to Forest Dr. The trail head is on the right
Yosemite, CA 95389

Contact:

tel: +1 209 372 0200


6

Ahwahnee Dining Room

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Location:

Northside Drive
Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite National Park, CA 95379

Contact:

tel: 1 209 372 1489


7

Ostrander Lake Trail

Location:

P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389

Contact:

tel: 209-372-0200
fax: 209-372-0220


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