Cross-country Skiing in Yosemite Country

Explore hundreds of miles of x-country ski areas inside the high elevations in the park, between ancient sequoia trees, and areas surrounding Yosemite.
Cross-country skier in Yosemite's high country.

Cross-country skier in Yosemite's high country.

Explore hundreds of miles of x-country ski areas inside the high elevations in the park and surrounding areas.

X-country Skiing At Yosemite

Though the Valley typically doesn't get enough snow for skiing, move up a bit in elevation and you'll find miles of ungroomed trails for Nordic skis. At Crane Flat, try the 1.5-mile (one-way) Crane Flat Lookout Trail to climb to excellent views of the park or the flat, 1.75-mile Crane Flat Campground Trail loop.

And don't miss one of Yosemite's best winter experiences: the chance to ski or snowshoe among the sequoias. Descend into the Tuolumne Grove on the 1-mile (one-way) trail off Tioga Road; reach the Merced Grove via the steep, 1.5-mile (one-way) trail from the summer trailhead.

Cross-country skiers can also head up to the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area to kick and glide down miles of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing.

Top trip for experienced skiers: The 10.5-mile (one-way) trip down snowed-over Glacier Point Road to the Glacier Point Ski Hut. For a shorter but very scenic trip, head out on the 3.5-mile Meadows Trail (one-way) to Dewey Point for wonderful Valley views. Ski rentals are available at the resort.

X-country Skiing in the Region

Ski hundreds of miles of both groomed and ungroomed trails in the Sierra National Forest south of Yosemite: For access to trails ranging from easy to challenging, take off from the Coyote Nordic Trailhead off CA 168.

West of Yosemite, there is great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Stanislaus National Forest. Our favorite starting points are the Crabtree Cross-country Ski Trailhead, Gooseberry Cross-country Ski Trailhead, and the Highway 108 Sno-Park.

In the Mammoth Lakes area to the east, head to Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center or the Mammoth Lakes Nordic Trail System. The Lake Tahoe area also has cross-country trails at both groomed resorts (such as Northstar and Kirkwood) and free public lands (Carson Pass).