It’s that time again— no, not the holiday season. It’s the snow sports season; that magical time of the year when we leave all our responsibilities at the base of the mountain and enjoy a day (or five) on the slopes. The Active Times staff would like to help you make the best of your time in the snow. In addition to our gear reviews, ranked lists and interviews with the experts, we’ve started this section to gather the most important information you’ll want to know before booking a trip or heading out for a day on the mountain. Each week we will feature a new ski area, complete with statistics, snow conditions and plans for 2014. So, when you’re thinking about your next big trip or you’re thinking about going last minute, check out the details on the top mountains here.
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Chairlift pitch: Badger Pass is California’s original ski area. It’s been around since the early 1930s, and sits on a natural mountain with real, quality snow. Our trails are great for all types and levels of experience. It’s a great value with even better accommodations, said Erica Schlesinger, a Tenaya Resort Representative.
True-up Vertical Descent: 800 ft. according to yosemitepark.com
Ski-able area: 90 acres
Ratios of difficulty (trail classification): 35 percent novice, 50 percent intermediate, 15 percent advanced, according to yosemitepark.com
Number of trails: 10
Number of lifts: 5
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Average annual snowfall: 300 inches
Deals and discounts: This season's discounts include stay and ski deals, military passes and student discounts. All offers are listed on their website. Military service members and veterans always ski free; the families of military personnel receive 50 percent off their lift tickets. College students can take advantage of several great deals including a season pass for just $69.
Right now: As of Dec.30, Badger Pass is not yet open for the season.
Upgrades: Badger Pass recently underwent renovations. The restrooms and locker rooms have been updated along with the outdoor deck. The deck is a popular spot with a view of the mountain and the trails.