Big Oak Flat Road/Hwy 120 to Re-open Tomorrow

Great news for the folks heading in from Sacramento and the Bay Area! NPS announced that the Big Oak Flat Road is re-opening tomorrow morning at 8am. That section of the road surface is still currently gravel, so be aware and drive carefully. We may see some traffic restrictions or closures over the following week for paving, but specific dates and times have not been set yet, so check the road conditions line if you’re planning to take that route next week – (209) 372-0200 (press 1 and 1 again). That recorded message contains the most up-to-date information on road conditions inside the park.

A huge shout-out and thank you to the road crews for working so hard to get 120/Big Oak Flat open again!

Read the Official News Release here.

“Got Snow?” Contest

This is a snowman pizza we created to inspire you. Let's be honest, we enjoyed eating it too!

Now that we have a bunch of snow on the ground, we are starting to see snowmen everywhere! Celebrate snow with our “Got Snow?” contest by creating a multi-tiered snowman using any materials.

Submit a photo of your snowman to by 2/1 at 12 p.m. PST. Multiple entries are welcome. Grand prize is four adult lift tickets at Badger Pass Ski Area, 2nd prize is two snowshoe rentals at Badger and 3rd prize is a Yosemite beanie hat. And once you’re done, wander on over to our Yosemite Facebook page and share your creation there – or just get inspired.

Badger Pass Opening January 26, 2012

Lookin' Good - Badger Pass 1/24/2012

The 77th winter season at Badger Pass Ski Area begins Thursday, January 26 after recent snow storms dropped more than 24 inches of snow; making now the perfect time for riders and skiers of every level to plan a Northern California snowboarding or ski trip to Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area
has been operating as California’s original ski area for family fun since 1935. With 10 slope runs and five convenient lifts, families can enjoy stress-free skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, all at a fraction of the cost found at other ski resorts. To help celebrate the season, we’re offering several packages and season pass offers designed to help guests hit the slopes for less.
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Hwy 120/Big Oak Flat Closed

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A short section of Big Oak Flat Road, the continuation of Hwy 120 inside the park, had to be closed following a rock slide at about 11:30 pm January 22. Hwy 140 and 41 are both still open for travel. Chain controls may be in effect. (See the interactive version of closure map here.)

Park Spokesperson, Scott Gediman, says a boulder “the size of a house” fell into the road approximately 1000 feet above the 120/140 junction. At the this point situation is still being assessed to determine when the road might open again, so there is no information on the estimated reopening.

Yosemite National Park remains open and Yosemite Valley is accessible via Highway 140 (El Portal Road) coming from Merced/ Mariposa and via Highway 41(Wawona Road) coming from Fresno/

With winter conditions present, chain restrictions are in place on select park roads. For 24-hour road and weather information, please call (209)372-0200 and dial 1 then 1 again. For ongoing park information, please join us on Facebook or visit the National Park Service Facebook page.

You can read the official NPS press release here.

Tioga Road Closing for Predicted Storm

NPS announced today that Tioga Road will close at 7pm in anticipation of incoming winter weather. Glacier Point Road will remain open through the evening and will be reassessed in the morning to gauge whether or not driving has become hazardous.

This year Tioga Road stayed open later than any other year in its nearly 70-year history, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to enjoy the frozen high sierra lakes. Still, the forecasted snow is a blessing for skiers and other winter sports fans who are eager to hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area this winter, and for those that hope to enjoy Yosemite’s spectacular snow-fed waterfalls this spring.

Weather is notoriously unpredictable in the mountains, so stay tuned for more weather updates. For the most up-to-date road conditions, including which roads are open or closed, call (209) 372-0200 and press 1 and then 1 again.

Half Dome Interim Permit Program Extended

Half Dome permits will once again be required seven days per week to hike the iconic granite monolith that crowns the east end of Yosemite Valley. However, the system for getting these permits has evolved into a double lottery system. The preseason lottery applications are due in March and will be awarded in early April. If you don’t get in on the preseason lottery, there will also be a daily lottery that you can apply for two days prior to the hiking date. More details on the Yosemite NPS website and in the press release below.
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