Nordic Skiing in Yosemite
Yosemite isn’t just for summertime—the whole family can explore the park on cross-country skis. Within Yosemite, Badger Pass is the oldest operation ski area in California. At an elevation of 7,200 feet, the trails here range from easy to advanced, and a comprehensive ski center offers gear, instruction, and even guides.
Not only is Yosemite’s ski area appealingly low-key, it also offers Nordic ski gear, trails, and instruction.
Glacier Point Ski Hut
Challenge older kids (14 and up) with an overnight trek to the quite plush (but dormitory-style) hut, 10 miles along a groomed Nordic trail.
Yosemite Forks Mountain House
This woodsy, old-fashioned roadhouse near Oakhurst, south of the park, serves breakfast (hash browns, eggs any way, and more) till 2 p.m. on weekends, noon on weekdays.
Just two miles outside the park’s south gate, the 302-room lodge combines comfort with great-lodge style—and it has its own skating rink.