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Skiing or Snowboarding at Badger Pass Ski Area
Yosemite West/Badger Pass Ski Area

Winter Activities at Yosemite

Enjoy the oldest ski resort in California! Often touted as one of the most family-friendly ski areas, Badger Pass Ski Area offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tubing and more.

Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Lifts

Ski lifts

Enjoy the fresh powder and rewarding scenery along varied trails at Badger Pass Ski Area, or bounce your way down the snow tubing hill. When Badger Pass Ski Area makes your mountain experience stress-free with friendly, affordable ski and snowboard area that’s perfect for skiers and riders of all levels. Here you’ll find equipment rentals, top-notch instructors, a ski shop, cafeteria and lounge—and enjoy the beautiful sundeck with views of the runs.

The Badger Pass Ski Area is open from mid-December through mid-March, conditions permitting. For information, lessons, snow conditions call 209.372.8430.

The Badger Pass Ski School was established in 1928, and today proudly continues to offer lessons taught by professional instructors—many of whom are members of Professional Ski Instructors of America® (PSIA). Under the staff’s expert guidance, you’ll build your skills and confidence in this safe and fun learning environment. The program is designed to have you skiing on your first day and includes your rentals, two lessons, and lift tickets!


Area Information:

  • Elevation: 7,200 ft to 8,000 ft, vertical drop of 800 ft.
  • Average Temperature range – 30° to 60° Fahrenheit
  • 10 ski runs: 35% beginner, 50% intermediate, 15% advanced
  • 5 chairlifts: 1 triple-chair, 3 double-chair, 1 handle tow
  • Beginner-friendly terrain park

Hours & Rates

Lift Hours 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Half-Day Rate Hours 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All Day lift tickets can be purchased online. Half-Day and Lower Lift tickets can be purchased on property. Visit Badger Pass Ski Area for current rates and offers, including equipment rentals.

Where to Stay

Badger Pass Ski Area visitors love the convenience of vacation rentals in nearby Yosemite West. Find a range of places to stay in Yosemite Valley or just outside the park in Fish Camp, El Portal, and Mariposa. Back country travelers can cross-country ski or snowshoe to the rustic Glacier Point Ski Hut.

Search and Rescue Hut


The Badger Pass Ski Area provides a free shuttle bus service from multiple locations in Yosemite Valley in the morning to Badger Pass. In the afternoon, shuttles return guests to Yosemite Valley. View the schedule for the courtesy shuttle. The schedule provides general guidelines for when the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area shuttle buses will run. Actual arrival and departure times will depend on traffic and road conditions. Limited space is available, so we recommend that you arrive early. Leave the driving to us and enjoy the views!

Getting To Badger Pass Ski Area


To get to Badger Pass Ski Area, take Highway 41 and turn onto Glacier Point Road. The ski area is located five miles down the road, which is closed past this point in winter. Free bus service is also available from the Valley.

Visit our Travel Tools page to find tips on when to go, entrance gate information, and mileage charts. Plan your route with our interactive map to include the best roadside attractions, lodging, dining, and more!

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