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Yosemite Mariposa County’s Top Winter Activities

Yosemite Winter

Here’s a look at some of top winter activities in Yosemite Mariposa County.

Ice Skating in Yosemite: Remember the scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where, led by Snoopy, the children strapped on their ice skates and enjoyed a carefree afternoon in the snow? Well, it’s time to get in touch with your inner Peppermint Patty and enjoy amazing views of Half Dome from the Yosemite skating rink, which is now located in eastern Half Dome Village. Surrounded by outdoor fire pits, this is the perfect spot for children and grown-ups alike to recall simpler times while getting in a healthy workout.

Yosemite Winter Hikes: Sure, there’s often snow in the winter in Yosemite, but it doesn’t stop dedicated hikers from taking to the gorgeous trails around the region. We’ve compiled this list of the top six winter hikes in Yosemite, including an easy walk to lower Yosemite falls and a more challenging hike around Chilnualna Falls.

Cross-country skiing in Yosemite: Long considered one of the healthiest (and most rewarding) forms of skiing, cross-country skiing is the perfect way to enjoy the Yosemite Valley this winter. Perched 3,000 feet above the valley, Glacier Point affords panoramic views that include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and thousands of acres of gorgeous alpine scenery. Explore one author’s experience cross-country skiing Glacier Point here.

Downhill skiing and snowboarding in Yosemite: On Glacier Point Road, you’ll also find Yosemite’s top ski and snowboard area, which has delighted visitors since 1935 with its gentle slopes and casual atmosphere. It’s perfect for beginners, families and anyone looking for a non-intimidating ski experience in one of America’s most scenic areas.

Staying in Yosemite this Winter

Yosemite winter lodging options are extensive in Mariposa County. From quaint, budget-friendly motels to luxury hotels that put you steps away from the majesty of Yosemite’s natural wonders, to gorgeous vacation rentals and cabin rentals, finding accommodations this winter season that suit your travel needs will be a piece of cake. Find Yosemite lodging by region, proximity to the park or budget.

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Before You Drive to Yosemite

There’s a ton of fun to be had in Yosemite this winter, but safety comes first, always. Before you head to the region, check these top travel tips, and check the road conditions right up until your trip begins. For easy reference, below outlines average drive times:

  • Fresno – 1hr 20 min
  • Manteca – 2 hrs
  • Modesto – 2 hrs
  • Merced – 1hr 30 min
  • Madera – 1hr 15min
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