We stayed at The Cottages at Tenaya Lodge. They are on the same property but a short walk from the main lodge. We enjoyed being a little further away from the hustle and bustle but you have to walk outside to get to the lodge, restaurants, swimming pool and spa keep in mind.
The room was nice with a fireplace, microwave, coffee and tea and a small fridge. The housekeeping did a great job everyday and a paper was delivered to our door.
*TIP: Bring a humidifier. They don't provide them and of course heat's on all the time and that just dries everything out especially your sinus' when you're asleep.
RESTAURANTS/FOOD: There's several restaurants at Tenaya Lodge but it's a bit of an illusion as it all comes from the same kitchen (except for the pizza parlor) and the menus are quite similar. It's a 30-50 minute wait to get a seat at dinner and they don't take reservations except for Embers, which is the most expensive of the eateries (the only one we didn't dine at). Overall the food was good and the staff is friendly but the service is slow by good dining standards which made for a bad dinning experience twice. We got 2 breakfasts with our 4 night stay - and the buffet is really good but for $16.95 it's smart to bring some of your own food if you don't want to eat heavy every morning and spend that much money for a bowl of cereal and some coffee.
*TIP: You can pick up some basic groceries at the Wawona General Store a few miles up the road if you forget to bring them. The don't have a lot but more then what Tenaya has at the "Parkside Deli".
The Sleigh Ride is fun. A real sleigh with 3 big Belgium horses pulling complete with bells. The operators served hot apple cider and toasted marsh mellows around a small camp fire at the ranch house before they turn around and bring you back. If you're lucky you can sit up with the driver and chat with him.
Tenaya also has a small skating rink that looked fun but we didn't have time for.
BADGER PASS SKI RESORT: Badger Pass is within Yosemite National Park and you must have snow chains/cables to enter durning snow season. There's a good chance you use the chains unless you have you have 4 wheel or all-wheel drive but you still need to have them to get into the park.
*TIP: Arrive early. If you're there by 8am you'll be happy! The first day we arrived at 9:30 and spent about 1 1/2 getting our lift tickets and rentals and they were out of a lot of sizes already. A real drag.
**You can also rent your ski gear from a local shop at home - which is what we'll do next time. Then you can arrive anytime.
The resort is family friendly, very small and a great place for kids to learn to ski or snowboard. Our two girls were up on the beginner lift by the end of their 1st day and we plan on coming back next year.