Winter fun has arrived at Yosemite Valley

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It's a holiday favorite that first opened in 1928, when the Yosemite Winter Club flooded an unused parking lot.

Skating sessions are offered every day, and features skate rentals as well as beautiful views of the national park, including Half Dome.

The opening of the skating rink marks the beginning of Yosemite's other winter activities, leading up to the opening of the Badger Pass Ski Area which is scheduled to open on December 16th.

Daily skating sessions (subject to weather conditions) are offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. And 7 to 9:30 p.m. Weekdays.

On weekends, the rink is open for an additional morning session from 8:30 to 11 a.m., afternoon sessions from noon to 2:30 p.m., 3:30 to 6 p.m., and an evening session from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The ice skating fees are $9.50 per adult, per session, and $8.50 per child. Skate rentals are $4.00 per session. Helmets are available at no additional cost.

For more information on winter activities and lodging in yosemite, visit www.yosemitepark.com or call 801-559-4949.

For current ice rink conditions, call 209-372-8319.

For road and weather conditions, call the automated national park service information line at 209-372-0200.

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