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Badger Pass Daily Ski Report

Badger Pass Daily Ski Report

Located In Yosemite National Park -- Daily Updated Ski Reports

Up-dated: March 17, 2014

Badger Pass downhill and Nordic operations will be closing after business today due to lack of snow.

Badger Pass management and staff thank you for you your patronage.

Normal Hours of operation are 8:30am - 4pm.
Please call 372-8444 for questions and reservations. 
The key to having a great day at Badger Pass is to get here early. When we say early we mean 7:30 AM. Food Service and the Rental Shop will open at 8:00 AM.

During inclement weather call Badger Pass at 209-372-1000 and Press 5
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badger pass ski slopesBadger Pass was the first ski resort in California, opening in 1935 to the delight of everyone.
Badger Pass is open daily from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The season is generally mid-December to late March or early April, weather permiting.
There are 10 runs: 35% beginner, 50% intermediate and 15% advanced.
There are 5 lifts: 1 triple-chair, 3 double-chair and 1 cable tow.
The elevation ranges from 7,200 ft to 8,000 ft with a  vertical drop of 800 ft.
The Average Temperature range  is from 30' to 60' Fahrenheit
Badger Pass is the best place in the west to learn to ski as 85% of the slopes are devoted to the beginner and intermediate skiers.




For More Info: Badger Pass Ski Area - Badger Pass - Yosemite : Yosemite Park


 Daily Snow Conditions
 DATE March 16, 2014
 COVERAGE Conditions on the Slopes are Good
 TEMPS  High 62 Low 35
Downhill Trails Opened Groomed Level of Difficulty
Turtle YES NO Easiest
Beaver NO NO Moderate
Rabbit YES YES Moderate
Eagle YES YES Moderate
Red Fox YES YES Hardest
Wild Cat YES NO Hardest
Chipmunk YES YES Moderate
Badger YES YES Hardest
Bruin YES YES Easiest
Lifts Open Level of Difficulty
Turtle - Handle Tow NO Easiest
Eagle - Triple YES Moderate
Red Fox - Double NO Hardest
Badger - Double YES Hardest
Bruin - Double YES Easiest



 Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails

The Cross-Country Ski Center is open.  Hours of operation are from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
They have skating skis, cross country skis, back country skis and snowshoes for rent. They also have lessons available.

XC trail snow conditions:

Good Conditions. There are some areas where the road is showing through.

The following information denotes length of trail.

Glacier Point


  • Summit Meadow, 1mi.
  • Bridalveil Campground, 2.8mi.
  • Bridalveil Creek, 3.3 mi.
  • Ostrander Trailhead, 4.1-4.5mi
  • Clark Range View, 5.7mi.
  • Sentinel Dome, 9.2mi.
  • Glacier Point, 10.5mi.

Dewey Point


  • Meadow Trail, 3.5mi.
  • Ridge Trail, 4.0mi.

Ostrander Lake


  • Horizon Ridge. 9.0mi.
  • Merced Crest 9.7mi.
  • Bridalveil Creek, 10.3 mi.


Tubing Hill:



Road ConditionsBadger Pass ski slopes
 For current road information inside Yosemite call 209-372-0200 Select 1 and then 1 again.
For current road information outside of Yosemite National Park, call CALTRANS at: 1-800-427-7623 (1-800-GAS-ROAD)
or the
CalTrans Website.

More information on
CalTrans Chain Controls.


Snow Chains Information
California State Law, enacted in 1991, requires that all vehicles must carry tire chains/cables at all times when entering a chain control area, such as Yosemite National Park.
This requirement is in effect from November 1st to April 1st, though the requirement can be extended based on weather. Failure to comply with this law leaves you vulnerable to fines and charges for any damage done should you have an accident. Additionally, your car may be towed if a law enforcement officer stops you and you do not have chains in your possession. Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains causing chains to become necessary immediately when traveling at higher elevations. Snow & ice can exist on park roads. You are required by federal law to carry tire chains in your vehicle if entering a designated chain control area, even if your vehicle is equipped with snow tires and/or four-wheel-drive. Chains can become mandatory on any park road at anytime. 

When chain controls are established, signs will be posted along the road indicating the type of requirement. There are three levels of chain requirements: R1, R2, and R3.

(R1): Chains or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles.
(R2): Chains are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels.
(R3): Chains are required on all vehicles, no exceptions. Including those with four wheel/ all wheel drive


Chains should be the correct size for your tires. Chains must be installed on drive wheels, so you need to know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive. For cars with four wheel or all wheel drive chains must be on one axel. Cable-type chains are acceptable, but they may not provide as much traction as traditional chains.

Control areas can change rapidly from place to place because of changing weather and road conditions. You must put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You can be cited and fined by the California Highway Patrol if you don't.

Additional Information:

Mud and Snow tires are typically designated with a "M+S" on the side of the tire, and must have a minimum tread depth of 6/32 of an inch to be legal.

Tire traction devices (chains) can be link chain, cable chains and/or spider straps.

Studded snow tires may be used if the tires are also rated as snow tires, if not, the tires must be chained up as Studs do not replace chains.

Any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds must chain up. (Typically this applies to large vans and up.)

All vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive with snow tires that are towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle of the vehicle. If the trailer has brakes, it must also have chains on one axle.


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