2012-03-29 / Front Page

Yosemite's Badger Pass wraps up ski area's 2011-12 season


Yosemite National Park's Badger Pass ski area wrapped up its 2011-12 season with an awesome day of play on new snow this Sunday, April 1.

Some skiers and boarders felt teased that Badger's last day coincided with one of the best snow days of the year.

"It's not very often that you see such a good winter day at the end of the season," Mariposa resident Rick Stockwell said. "It's been a very weird winter."

"As usual, our last (open) day was one of our busiest days. I didn't even get on the hill," said Stockwell, who works in Badger's cross-country ski rental shop.

Due to poor early-season snowfall, Badger Pass opened on Jan. 26--one of its latest openings in recent history.

Off-piste snow conditions were close to ideal on Sunday, with several skiers making tracks on Tempo Dome, near the top of the ski area.

With the ski area closed for the season, Glacier Point Road will remain closed from Chinquapin until the road is plowed and open to motor vehicle traffic for the season. Intrepid skiers can still travel in on the trail from Chinquapin.

The snowmobile driver seen in the video is ski patrol member Steve Wilkins of Wawona.

--Erik Skindrud/GAZETTE REPORTER

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