Badger Pass may close early due to lack of snow

Recent storms have brought new life to the waterfalls in Yosemite and allowed skiers to hit the slopes.
February 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Recent storms have brought new life to the waterfalls in Yosemite and allowed skiers to hit the slopes. But now warmer weather could close the Badger Pass ski area just days after it opened.

Yosemite's valley floor looks and feels more like spring than winter right now.

"It's gorgeous! Not quite what we expected from the reports last week," said Maxine Johnson, visiting from Suisun City

The mild temperatures and sunny skies come after days of rain, which rejuvenated the waterfalls.

"Yosemite Falls is flowing. We haven't seen it flow in a couple of months. Bridal veil fall has picked up, and our other famous waterfalls like Vernal and Nevada fall are also flowing," Park Ranger Kari Cobb said.

The recent storm also painted the park's iconic cliffs white.

"They're wonderful, the blue sky and the dusting of the snow recently and the waterfalls flowing as they are, very picturesque and photogenic I might say," said Bob Behee, visiting from Chinese Camp.

But the unseasonably warm forecast is not a welcome sight for the Badger Pass ski area. It just opened for snowshoeing and cross country skiing Friday and downhill skiing Saturday.

Badger Pass does not make its own snow since it's inside a national park, so rangers agree this ski season could end soon.

"When we get weather like this unfortunately we can't keep the ski areas open, but what it means is more hiking and more of those activities that people do on the Valley floor and at the lower elevations," Cobb said.

If you need a little extra incentive to make the trip, admission is free at all national parks this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in honor of President's Day weekend.


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