Seems like all the ski stores are running their pre-season sales now. Many of the resorts are praying for an early snowfall with dreams of a Thanksgiving opening. The 2006-07 season yielded only a 25% of normal snow pack, so this year has to be better. Yosemite runs Badger Pass, a family oriented snow resort inside the park boundaries opening Dec 14 – just a month away. They feature 5 lifts: 1 triple-chair, 3 double-chairs, and 1 cable tow. 85% of the runs are for beginner and intermediate levels. Badger is just off the Glacier Point Road and sits at an elevation range of from 7,200 ft to 8,000 ft, yielding a ski drop of 800 vertical ft. While certainly not of the caliber of Squaw or Heavenly, Badger offers the family a great value with season passes for adults now costing only $199 if bought before Dec 19. That is a little over just 2 days at the mega-resorts. Personally, I enjoy the showshoeing there. A nice day of slogging around the grounds brings me within a distant view of Half Dome out in the horizon. For more info on Badger Pass, visit their website.
While you are doing your ski shopping, be sure to buy a helmet. Skiing can be dangerous. Local hospitals are full of vacationers with breaks, concussions and twisted knees. Ski in control and keep fit for the hiking season.
*Carpe Diem Experience–Rick Deutsch-www.HikeHalfDome.com*