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Family friendly, open and easy to get to, Yosemite Mariposa County is winter's clear choice.

Experience Yosemite Mariposa County This Winter

Just 2-3 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and 5 hours from the Los Angeles, and sitting at mostly lower elevations, Yosemite Mariposa County's mild climate is easy to access. Once you arrive, a stay in California's Gold Country makes for easy access to Yosemite and the High Sierra via Highway 140, the historic "All-Weather Highway", where winter adventure awaits. The highly anticipated reopening of Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area is planned for December 16th, offering affordable and family-friendly ski and snowboard lessons with pletny of fresh snow to carve and play in. If hitting the slopes aren't for you, take a snowshoe hike through Mariposa Grove, go cross country skiing on Glacier Point Road or even just take a brisk hike through lower elevation Yosemite Valley. One-stop in Mariposa County this winter and you'll agree, it's the clear choice for winter adventure.

Badger Pass Ski and Snowboard Area Reopens this Winter

After taking a year off in 2020-21, Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski and Snowboard Area reopen this December bringing back one of the most family-friendly ski areas in California. Badger Pass is a great place for kids or adult novices to learn how to ski or snowboard, all at a fraction of the price of some of the large resorts throughout the state. Season passes are on sale now and the ski lifts open on December 17 (snow permitting). Gliding down hills on two feet not your thing? The ski area is also home to a tubing run which provides a fun and easy way to hit the slopes. Badger Pass is also a great jumping-off point for snowshoe hikes to Dewey Point and cross country ski runs to Glacier Point. One visit to Badger Pass in Yosemite will leave you itching to come back for more fun in the snow.