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avatar Badger Pass Winter Conditions Update
March 24, 2008 03:42PM
March 23, 2008
Weather: March 17 – March 23, 2008
High Temp: 54 (3/19)
Low Temp: 13 (3/17)
New Snow: 0”
Total settled snow depth: ~78” - Top of Eagle Lift; ~39”- A-frame

Badger Pass Ski Area: The downhill ski area is 100% open with lifts operating from 9 am to 4 pm daily. The slopes still have excellent coverage on groomed runs.

Nordic Trail Conditions: Spring has arrived. Expect ice in the mornings and softening in the afternoons. All trails are broken, Glacier Point Road is groomed. Be careful on stream crossings as the temperatures rise, otherwise great spring conditions.

Special Note: Badger Pass ski area will close on March 30th, 2008. Weather permitting - the road will remain open from Chinquapin to the Badger Pass parking lot until April 13th. The gate at Chinquapin will be closed to all traffic for snowplow operations to begin April 14th on the Glacier Point road.

Events: Badger Pass Spring Fling (Closing Day) March 30, 2008 Dummy Race and other activities.

Avalanche Conditions: Although no avalanche forecasting is conducted within Yosemite National Park, the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center posts avalanche advisories for the High Sierra. Go to http://www.esavalanche.org for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center and click on advisory. The ESAC site is updated several times a week and more often during weather events.

Activities: Ranger guided snowshoe walks are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. Meet in front of the A-Frame. Snow shoes are provided; a $5 donation is requested for wear and tear on the snowshoes. The walk is generally two hours long and is moderately strenuous (travel approximately two miles). NO reservations required.

Questions: For weather, nordic ski-related questions, or overnight wilderness permits you may call the Badger Pass Ranger Station from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 209-372-0409.

Other useful information:
DNC Badger Pass Activities Desk: 372-8430
DNC Snow Phone: 209-372-1000, then press 5
YA/Ostrander Reservations: 209-372-0740

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