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Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite valley in the winter, looking from Inspiration Point

Yosemite valley in the winter, looking from Inspiration Point

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A winter-sports paradise.

Downhill skiing? Check. Ice skating? Check. Overnight cross-country ski trips? Yeah, it's got that too. Yosemite National Park is simply the perfect getaway for winter-sports enthusiasts.

For some family fun, bring the kids to the outdoor ice skating rink in Yosemite Valley. A tradition in Yosemite since the 1930s, the ice rink is tucked beneath Half Dome and Glacier Point offering a majestic backdrop. Although it's outside, the family can stay warm by the outdoor fire ring or inside the store with hot cocoa and warm treats.

Located in the heart of the park is the oldest downhill skiing area in California. From mid-December through March, the Badger Pass Ski Area offers areas for downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Beginning at Badger Pass, visitors can also enjoy over 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of machine-groomed track for backcountry skiing. From tranquil day trips to overnight adventures, Yosemite offers a thrilling getaway.

Why You Should Go: You enjoy racing down a mountain.

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