Winter Activities

Yosemite at winter is a pristine wonderland of bright sunny days, snowy meadows, icicle-draped pines and oaks, alpine-glow sunsets, rainbowed waterfalls and snow-encrusted mountaintops. The breathtaking majesty of a Yosemite winter is simply unparalleled.

A tradition in Yosemite since the 1930s, the Ice Rink at Curry Village is the perfect outdoor setting for winter recreation in Yosemite. We have even been ranked as one of the top 10 ice-skating rinks in the country, by Budget Travel. Tucked beneath the majestic forms of Half Dome, and Glacier Point, skaters can also enjoy the warmth of an outdoor fire ring. Supplies for making smores, or hot drinks are available inside the store.

Since before the days of John Muir and Ansel Adams, snowshoeing has been a regular mode of transportation in Yosemite's winters. Now,snowshoeing is a popular sport affording great outdoor fun, low impact exercise and is a wonderful way to experience Yosemite’s winter wonderland. If you can walk, you can snowshoe, no experience is necessary for this sport.

Experience some of the best opportunities to cross country ski in California.Yosemite offers winter visitors access to the most beautiful vistas on earth, and the Badger Pass® Ski Area is the gateway to Yosemite cross-country adventure. Take the kids cross country skiing and enjoy nearly 350 miles of trails and roads in the park. Beginning at Badger Pass are over 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of machine-groomed track.

Cross-country track and skating lanes are groomed from Badger Pass to Glacier Point (a 21-mile round trip), and a three-kilometer track is set to the scenic Old Badger Summit. From tranquil snowy day-trips to overnight adventures, the novice and expert alike can create their perfect trip

Take the kids snow tubing at Yosemite. Tubing is a fun and favorite activity to share with your family. The Badger Pass® - Yosemite Tubing Area is designed for younger kids who want the excitement of sliding over snow. Kids of all ages are encouraged to join in.