Yosemite Winter News

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Yosemite Winter News

Post by maverick » Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:00 pm

Yosemite NP:
Badger Pass Ski Area concessions, including downhill and Nordic rentals, will not be available during the 2020–2021 winter season. All facilities and services at Badger Pass will be closed; portable toilets will be available.

As conditions allow, Badger Pass Road will be open from approximately mid-December through March. Visitors with their own skis or snowshoes can drive to Badger Pass and go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Glacier Point Road will be groomed from Badger Pass to Bridalveil Creek Campground, but not all the way to Glacier Point.

Those planning overnight ski or snowshoe trips must get a self-registration wilderness permit on the porch of the Badger Pass Ranger Station. (Permits obtained at Badger Pass are only valid for Glacier Point Road trailheads.) Ski huts at Glacier Point, Ostrander, and Tuolumne Meadows will be closed.

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2020 Ski Hut Closures

Post by Harlen » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:12 pm

Just got the word from a YNP authority that all the ski huts will be closed this winter. This includes Glacier Point, Ostrander, Snow Creek, and (damn!!!) the cherished Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut.

This news came from a call on 11/20/2020. I wonder if there is any hope of this changing in spring should the Covid-19 disease situation change?
Looks like we'll be winter-camping for real this year; no pansy-ass mattresses, solid roof and walls, woodstove heating, electricity, and all that. I reckon sleeping on the snow will harden us... hopefully not to the brittle breaking point. :(

No so bad, wet inside walls.

This is one hut that will still be open... I assume?
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Re: 2020 Ski Hut Closures

Post by bobby49 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:38 pm

I've skied to Tuolumne Meadows a few times, but I have never slept inside the T.M. Ski Hut. Due to crowding, I always ended up in the wet tent out in back. Parsons Lodge is another one that we don't hear much about. Stayed two nights there on one trip.

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