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stay n play: winter in Yosemite National Park

March 21, 2008


Yosemite is an amazing place but the crowds of people in the valley from April-September distract from its sublime beauty and power.

So my last two visits have been in winter. This winter, we were attracted to a Stay N Play deal–if you stay somewhere in the park run by DNC (not Park Service campgrounds), you can get a “play” package for $29–valley tour, ski rental, lift, lesson, tubing…so we took them up on the offer and after camping our first night at Upper Pines, we stayed in a heated tent cabin in Curry Village last night and tonight to take advantage of it.

Badger Pass is not…well, it is a beginner resort–perfect for my 4 year old son! No crowds midweek, incredible views of Mt Hoffman, great snow–a bit icy in the am, but unbeatable spring skiing conditions! Can’t wait for tomorrow!


BTW, the deal continues through Sunday March 30 when Badger Pass closes.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2008 7:51 am

    Yoseimite is awesome, I visited it when I was about 9 and have never forgotten it. Recently I went to an exhibition of photography by Anselm Adams, which included some stunning photos of the area. You’re right I expect to visit in winter, fewer people, better views…

  2. March 26, 2008 6:43 am

    late winter is esp spectacular if the waterfalls are running and flowing like they were for us!


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