Yosemite/Mariposa County invites visitors to experience Yosemite this winter as the cascading waterfalls begin to flow and snow dusts one of the world’s greatest destinations. With a variety of cozy lodging properties and so many winter activities to enjoy, such as skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating Yosemite/Mariposa County makes for the ultimate destination this winter.

Ice Skating at Curry Village in Yosemite has been a tradition since the 1930s. The rink is open for several two and a half hour skating sessions every day from mid-November to early March, and is also available for private parties on weekdays. The skating rink features magnificent views of Half Dome and Glacier Point, and after the skating session is over, guests can warm up by the outdoor fire ring with hot chocolate and s’mores.

Badger Pass, Northern California’s first and most affordable ski area, has been a family favorite for generations. This friendly, accessible ski area is perfect for those learning to ski or snowboard, or simply wanting a day out in the snow. Badger Pass offers ski and snowboard lessons, rental equipment, a ski shop, childcare and a cafeteria and lounge where guests can head when they are ready to warm up.

Yosemite/Mariposa County offers some of the best cross-country skiing in California with more than 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of machine-groomed track. Tracks begin at Badger Pass, Crane Flat and Mariposa Grove and there are lanes groomed from Badger Pass to Glacier Point. Visitors can go online to get winter trail maps for day trips or overnight cross-country skiing excursions.

Snowshoeing is a fun, easy way to get around in the snow, and visitors can either rent snowshoes from the Yosemite Cross-Country Center and lead their own excursion, or take part in one of the guided snowshoe hikes offered. Take part in a Discovery Hike Snowshoe Tour, Adventure Hike Snowshoe to Dewey Point, Adventure Hike Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe or the Crane Flat Snowshoe Walk. Make reservations for any of these walks at the Tour & Activity Desk at the Yosemite Cross-Country Center.

For a stress-free way to visit Yosemite during winter, take the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS). This is a chain-free winter driving solution for those who want to visit the park, but don’t want to drive in snowy conditions. With door-to-door service at many hotels along the Highway 140 corridor, taking YARTS offers travelers a winter driving alternative that is safe, comfortable and affordable. Roundtrip tickets to Yosemite from the Highway 140 gateway communities start at $7 for a round-trip fare.

Winter is here, and with something for everyone, it’s easy to start making memories in Yosemite/Mariposa County. For the latest on Yosemite/Mariposa County, visit YosemiteExperience.com. You can also “Like” YosemiteNation on Facebook at Facebook.com/YosemiteNation or follow on Twitter or Instagram at @YosemiteNation.

About Yosemite/Mariposa County
Located in the heart of California and home of Yosemite National Park, Yosemite/Mariposa County is a world class destination for all seasons. Combining the rich history of California’s gold rush with its engaging events, international iconic landscape, and welcoming locals, it’s no wonder Yosemite/Mariposa County attracts millions of travelers from all over the world each year. For more information, visit the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau at YosemiteExperience.com or call (866) HALF DOME.