Yosemite's Badger Pass to Open Soon, Hooray

Ready to schuss inside a national park? That moment is just ahead.

TRUE STORY: You can visit every national park. You can pose for a photograph inside every national park. You can find a memento from every national park, whether it is a postcard, a medallion for your walking stick, or a t-shirt. But? You can't ski at every national park. If you're the sort of person who likes to set big, park-oriented goals, such as visiting every national park within a decade, you might have pondered what other more "doable" checkmarks you might place on your list. And skiing, if you dig snowsports, may have crossed your mind as quite doable. So while you can't ski in Death Valley National Park (sliding down a sandy bank doesn't count here), nor will you break out the poles and goggles in Joshua Tree National Park, you can enjoy this wintry pastime in...

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: For that mountain-tastic, valley-sweet spot is home to Badger Pass Ski Area, a destination that traditionally observes a December opening. And that seasonal debut is coming up, in just a matter of a few weeks, weather permitting: Friday, Dec. 13 is the date. If you're not a skier, there's tubing, oh yes, and the chance to break out your board, too. You can also enjoy a cross-country adventure or go deep into the backcountry while rocking a pair of skis. As for renting snowshoes? That's absolutely a possibility, too, if you're more into the crunch-crunch scene. For all of the Badger Pass pastimes, and pleasurable, they truly are, crunch-crunch your way to this site now.

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