If you are planning to visit the Yosemite National Park in this winter, don’t miss the Badger Pass Resort. Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Resort is known as California’s original (and best, some would argue) resort. There is less crowding, and more family-orientated activities to make this charming resort one of the best small ski resort experiences you will ever have.
Badger Pass features ten alpine ski trails, 90 miles of well demarcated cross country trails and basic snowboarding facilities. The emphasis at Badger Pass is on family and fun – not on flashy techniques and high living. There are plenty of services available such as a cafeteria, a ski shop, a day lodge and a baby-sitting service, so even hard-working parents can take the day off and just enjoy the snow. For the “balance-challenged”, snow tubing can be a fun alternative to skiing. If you’re just starting out, or would like to improve existing skills, you can participate in the lesson programs available.
Badger Pass has a summit elevation of 8000 ft and a vertical drop of 800 ft. The ski runs are spread out over 90 acres of land and these are serviced by 5 ski lifts. The longest run is 1600 ft in length. There is a terrain park available, and although it lacks a halfpipe, it is a great place for beginners and children. Beginners can enjoy 35% of the trails while 50% is graded intermediate and 15% are for more advanced skiers.
If you’re looking for a fun alternative, you might want to try the Yosemite Outdoor Ice Rink or the Yosemite Mountaineering School, while in summer, cycling is a popular option. Dining can be done at the Ahwahnee, the Yosemite Lodge, Wawona, Curry Village, Tuolumne and the Yosemite Village. There are plenty of nearby and onsite hotels and lodges offering top-notch accommodation so you are sure to find something to suit you. In addition to this, Badger Pass specialises in family-orientated fun and there are plenty of fun-filled, action-packed programs available.