Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding in Yosemite Country

Don't hibernate like a bear. Get out in the High Sierra and have some fun this winter. Try Badger Pass in the park or Mammoth and Lake Tahoe nearby.
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Don't hibernate like a bear. Get out in the High Sierra and have some fun this winter.

Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area At Yosemite

Ski chair lifts at Yosemite. 

Photo by Kenny Karst courtesy of Yosemite/Mariposa County

Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, located off Glacier Point Road at elevations up to 8,000 feet, is the park's only developed ski resort. It's intimate and cozy (there are 5 lifts), with mostly beginner and intermediate runs—making it a great place to learn to ski. A terrain park gives snowboarders a chance to practice tricks.

Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area is open from about mid-December to mid-March.

Skiing and snowboarding at Yosemite. 

Photo by Trey Clark courtesy of Yosemite/Mariposa County

Glacier Point Road is plowed up to the resort, so you can access it by car from the Wawona area or the Valley; a free shuttle also runs from Valley lodging to the ski area and back twice a day.

Skiing and Snowboarding In the Region

One of the closest ski areas to Yosemite is Mammoth Mountain (, California's highest-elevation ski resort at 11,053 feet. Located just over the eastern park border south of Lee Vining, Mammoth offers 3,500 acres of snowy terrain, 3,100 vertical feet, and an average of 400 inches of snow per year.

North of Yosemite, Dodge Ridge ( off Highway 108 has over 682 skiable acres with 67 runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding.

A bit farther afield, north of the park, you'll find the Lake Tahoe resorts on the California/Nevada border. Ski areas both large and small surround the stunning, high-elevation Lake Tahoe, including Heavenly, Squaw Valley, and Kirkwood.