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Badger Pass Skiing

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wolverhampton, uk
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Badger Pass Skiing

We're in Yosemite from 29 March - 1st April and wondered about skiing at Badger Pass. Does anyone know if you need to book, and can you get ski hire, lift pass, tuition packages ? Approx ideas of cost per person for a day would be great as well. I believe there's a lot of snow so it should still be open late March.

Thanks.

San Diego, Ca
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1. Re: Badger Pass Skiing

According to their website, you're going to miss it by 2 days: www.yosemitepark.com/activitylist.cfm…

Santa Barbara...
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2. Re: Badger Pass Skiing

Tuff break on the schedule. Recheck the website, or call the resort, before you go. Tioga Pass doesn't open until May or June, so going to Mammoth would be a tough option. http://www.mammothmountain.com/index.cfm Tahoe might be an option.

Cross country appears to be available in Yosemite later in the season: www.yosemitepark.com/content3col.cfm…

Nearly all the ski resorts have ski rentals (hires), and lessons. Some have better equipment than others. Depending on where you finally choose to ski and rent... Rentals are around $20 - $30. Lift ticket - $40 to $60. Lessons - $25 to $100. Packages get you a discount. You can buy ahead of time (book?), but its not always necessary. A rate I found for Badger Pass is $35/$24/$28 for tix, skis, lessons. Badger is a small resort good for beginners. But I guess that won't matter.

Oakland, California
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3. Re: Badger Pass Skiing

Where will you be staying before or after your trip to Yosemite? Because if you really want to ski, Dodge Ridge ski resort might still be open. You go there before or after Yosemite- it's a do-able drive but too far away to go there from Yosemite and then back again.

wolverhampton, uk
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4. Re: Badger Pass Skiing

Thanks to you all for your suggestions. We're not really skiers so won't travel outside Yosemite to do it. Just thought it would be a good way to spend a day with the family as a lot of the trails won't be open. Seems like end March is just the wrong time ! I'll keep an eye out anyway - you never know, they may extend the season, even if it's just for tubing - that would be great as well. It's getting really close now, and we just can't wait !!!

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5. Re: Badger Pass Skiing

Highfield- you're actually going to Yosemite at a fantastic time! We have had record snows this winter, followed by some record heat in Northern California, which adds up to record waterfalls! Right now is prime time to see the waterfalls, and it is also the beginning of spring in the valley. You may see the dogwoods in bloom, as well as wildflowers. If you drive into Yosemite along Rt. 140, the Redbud trees should also be in bloom. While the high country trails won't be open, the trails from the valley will be, and you'll find there's so much to do that you won't get it all done.

This is a perfect time to rent bicyicles and tour along the valley floor. You'll also want to hike in to see Vernal Falls and then go as far as you feel comfortable on the Mist trail- it goes right up the side of the falls, hence the name.

The ice skating rink at Curry Village may still be open, and that's always an enjoyable thing to do at night.

So don't despair- you will have a very memorable visit.