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Re: DNC Openings and Closings

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avatar DNC Openings and Closings
March 27, 2012 12:41PM
The Wawona Hotel will open for the 2012 season on Friday, March 30th. The Front Desk will open at noon on Friday for arriving guests. The Dining Room will open at 5:30 for Dinner service on Friday the 30th. Thereafter regular dining hours will be available as follows: Breakfast from 7:30 - 10 AM, Lunch from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM and Dinner service from 5:30 - 9 PM.

Yosemite Mountaineering School is opening Friday, March 30, 2012, weather and conditions permitting.

The Bike Stand at Yosemite Lodge will be opening on Friday, March 30, 2012, weather and conditions permitting.

Badger Pass Ski Area closes for the season on Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Re: DNC Openings and Closings
March 27, 2012 01:22PM
Do they close the ski area with a mountain full of snow just because of staffing? Lack of customers?
avatar Re: DNC Openings and Closings
March 27, 2012 03:49PM
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hotrod4x5

Do they close the ski area with a mountain full of snow just because of staffing? Lack of customers?


They close it normally at the beginning of April every year to give DNC about two weeks to shutdown everything at the Badger Pass Ski Area before the Park Service starts plowing Glacier Point Road in mid-April to have it opened up by late May (if not earlier).
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Re: DNC Openings and Closings
March 27, 2012 08:30PM
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hotrod4x5
Do they close the ski area with a mountain full of snow just because of staffing? Lack of customers?

This weekend is the last weekend at Badger. Saturday is the annual Spring Fest with lots of fun things going on. Sunday is the last day of skiing.

Some of the staff is hired just for the ski season and year round employees go to other positions in the park. When we were up there in December and Badger was not opened, the ski instructor that my son likes was working as a waiter at the Wawona Hotel Dining Room. Last year I asked if they were going to stay open later because of all of the snow and was told that there are some protected birds that nest in that area in the spring and they have to close down so the birds are not disturbed.

As noted, they also have to close things down so the spring plowing can start.
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