Ski, Sled, and Sightsee in Yosemite, Northern California’s Winter Wonderland
While traditional holidays at home are great, some of us may be experiencing a little cabin fever. Instead of dedicating your holiday to baking, lounging, and decking the halls at home, why not book a quick getaway? You don’t have to give up all your holiday traditions, but a change of scenery would be nice.
5 Festive Winter Activities in Yosemite National Park
Between the cascading waterfalls, ancient sequoias, and the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, Yosemite is a real-life winter wonderland and the perfect destination for a distanced holiday getaway. After a year unlike any other, make the traditional holiday season feel brand new with a mountain of unique sights, hikes, and other activities. These five festive adventures in Yosemite National Park are sure to tie a bow on top of this holiday season.
1. Cross-Country Skiing
Ditch the crowded lift lines and try your hand at cross-country skiing. You’ll get an even better workout, save the cost of an expensive day pass, and, when you’re not zipping down a mountain, you’ll have more time to really take in the season. Drive out to Badger Pass and strap in for 90 breathtaking miles of scenic trails and 25 miles of neatly groomed track.
If it turns out you or a client have a penchant for cross-country skiing, check out the incredible ski-in, ski-out homes in and around nearby Mammoth Mountain ski area. You can’t get much closer to the slopes than this spectacular 5 bed, 4.5 bath, and the rustic stone fireplace would certainly come in handy after a long day on the trail.
Between the sheer size of Yosemite’s sledding hills and the fresh winter air, taking a trip on the toboggan could be your perfectly distanced holiday adventure this year. Goat Meadow Trailhead & Snow Play Area, located in Fish Camp, is an ideal location for downhill fun. Load the car with saucers and tubes, and don’t forget a shovel to carve out the very best runs.
Fish Camp sits at the mouth of Yosemite National Park and is known for its beautiful bed-and-breakfasts and historic railway. If you just can’t let this scenic sledding hill slip away, local homes, like this 4 bed, 5 bath just down the road from Yosemite, offer easy access to outdoor activities all year round.
3. Winter Camping
This winter, enjoy a peaceful camping trip without the crowds or the bugs. Yosemite’s Upper Pines and Camp 4 campgrounds remain open during the winter, so you can spend a weekend immersed in the seasonal beauty. This year, reservations are required for camping and lodging, and capacity is limited. Be sure to reserve your spot beforehand and, as with any camping trip, preparation is key. Bring plenty of supplies suited for cold temperatures, snowy or icy terrain, and unpredictable weather.
If a tent isn’t quite your speed, consider a glamping trip. Whether you’re spending the night in a vintage train car or a luxury tent, there are plenty of nearby lodging options with a few more amenities. Or, if you or a client are hoping to turn the tables and break into the hospitality business yourselves, consider hosting campers and glampers alike in this 6 bed, 6 bath cabin. Located in nearby Groveland, this charming home was designed as a bed-and-breakfast less than ten years ago.
If you’re looking for solitude and a great winter workout, consider strapping on some snowshoes and hitting the trails. While guided hikes and walks are canceled this winter, you can bring your own gear and check out one of the park’s self-guided routes. Whether you’re exploring the hidden gem that is Nelder Grove or the hardcore 21-mile Glacier Point trek, you’re sure to see Yosemite with brand new eyes. Just be sure to pack all the proper equipment, including boots, layers, poles, maps, food, and plenty of water.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Yosemite experience, stop by Wawona. The basin lies just north of Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, where beginner and expert snowshoe enthusiasts alike can wander among the ancient trees. Clients looking for a second home may be interested in Wawona properties like this 3 bed, 2 bath, nestled in the park’s thick forests, mere miles from Mariposa Grove.
After nearly a year of cancelations, perhaps you’re looking to cease planning. For the less structured or adventurous visitors, Yosemite offers an array of unique sightseeing opportunities. From the Tunnel View scenic overlook to the famous Bridalveil Fall, you can enjoy breathtaking views without getting too close to anyone else or running into any surprise closures. Even just a scenic drive through one of the country’s most beautiful national parks is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
If you or a client want proximity to the park and stellar views all year round, Mariposa is perhaps one of the most scenic cities nearby. For example, check out this stunning 3 bed, 5 bath villa. Taking in Yosemite’s natural beauty, snow or shine, is easy with expansive windows and a massive covered deck.
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