Yosemite National Park Winter Activities

photo by Adam Blauert

photo by Adam Blauert

There is plenty to do in the winter time in Yosemite.

Now is a good time to take advantage of "No Fee Day" in Yosemite National Park.  

It maybe a little chilly so be sure to dress warm.

Tire chains and emergency supplies

Make sure you pack them for travel as weather can be unpredictable!

Winter Snow recreation

Downhill skiing and snowboarding:  Badger Pass Ski Area has offered downhill skiing since the 1930’s.

Today it is a family-friendly place with slopes ranging from easy to challenging, equipment rentals, and lessons for all ages and abilities.  http://www.yosemitepark.com/badgerpass.aspx

Ice skating

The Curry Village Ice Rink in Yosemite Valley has been a popular place to ice skate since 1928.

All ages enjoy the ice and skate rentals are available in all sizes.  Ice skating is surprisingly affordable and most people find it far less difficult that they might expect.

For more information go to: http://www.yosemitepark.com/Activities_WinterActivities_IceSkatingRink.aspx

Snow play

Yosemite Valley and Crane Flat are great places for kids to play in the snow.  At an elevation of 6,000 feet, Crane Flat has more consistent snowfall.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing Both of these forms of over-snow transportation provide fun recreation, exercise, and opportunities to get away from crowds.  Snowshoes can be rented at Badger Pass, the Crane Flat Store, and the Curry Village Ice Rink (Yosemite Valley).  Cross-country skis can be rented at Badger Pass.

Lessons and overnight group trips are available at Badger Pass.

For more information on snowshoeing go to: http://www.yosemitepark.com/BadgerPass_Snowshoeing.aspx

and for cross-country skiing go to:


The park maintains overnight accommodations at Glacier Point and Ostrander Lake for those ready to attempt a challenging trip.  Popular day trips include visiting the Mariposa, Tuolumne, and Merced giant sequoia groves.