Crowds flock to the park during the summer and fall months, but some of the greatest adventures can be had surrounded by snow. So, grab your chains and a few adventurous friends and head to Yosemite to catch the first storm of the season!
Three Yosemite Winter Adventures any of your Friends will Like
Anyone with a pair of winter boots can hit the trails on snowshoes. If you don't have your own, you can rent snowshoes in the park at some lodges and at the Badger Pass Ski Area. You can also visit your local REI or Any Mountain to rent snowshoes for a weekend.
|Easy trek through the Tenaya Lodge trails|
|Moderate hike through Mariposa Grove|
|Difficult (but worth it!) trek to Dewey Point|
Badger Pass operates a bus shuttle up to the ski area and is a great option for anyone not wanting to drive themselves up to 7,500 feet. The price is reasonable and leaves from multiple points in and outside of the park.
On the valley floor, in the shadow of Half Dome sits the Curry Village Ice Rink. The skating rink operates from November through early March. Families, couples and groups of friends converge on the rink throughout the day. Check the web site before planning your day to check the session times. There are skate rentals, fire pits, hot chocolate and s'mores kits.
|Curry Village Ice Rink|
For a winter activity that is no-impact, check out the horse drawn sleigh rides at Tenaya Lodge. Straight out of a Budweiser commercial, the sleigh follows the snow shoe trail back to the stables. Riders take a break by a campfire before returning back to the lodge. The sleigh rides operate mid-December through March, weather and snow permitting. Wear you warm clothes and bring your own hot chocolate for the ride!
|Sleigh Rides at Tenaya Lodge|