PHOTO: A snow-covered Yosemite opens ski and snowboard areas. (Photo via Flickr.com/ghr0417)
California’s Sierra Nevada is enjoying a snowy January after a days-long storm dumped several feet of snow in the mountain range. Now, Yosemite prepares to welcome visitors to its Ski & Snowboard Area this weekend. However, getting there may prove to be difficult.
“The good news for Yosemite lovers is that the Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly known as Badger Pass) plans to open for the season Saturday with about 4 to 5 feet of recent snow. The not-so-good news is that temporary road closures in the park during the busy holiday weekend could create headaches for travelers trying to get there,” writes Mary Forgione in the Los Angeles Times.
Several roads into the park are closed, including Highway 140 (El Portal Road) and El Portal Road (Highway 140) but Wawona Road (Highway 41) from Fresno is open as is Big Oak Flat Road. More may open in the coming days and hours. Make sure you head to NPS.gov to find out how to access the park.
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Yosemite is transformed into a winter wonderland when it is covered in snow and both skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of one of the National Parks’ free days in 2017 on Monday, for the Martin Luther King holiday.
According to the L.A. Times, “all-day lift tickets for downhill skiers cost $47 for adults, $42 for kids 13 to 17, and $29.50 for children 7 to 12 years old (kids 6 and younger go free with a paying adult). The lift is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.”
There are also options to cross-country ski as well as rent snowshoes for a winter hike.