2014-02-06 / Front Page

Badger Pass announces Saturday, Feb. 8 opening

Operators at Yosemite's Badger Pass have announced that the ski area will open all downhill runs on Saturday, Feb. 8. Nordic trails opened on Friday, Feb. 7.

The announcement marks what is likely the latest opening in the ski area's history. Badger Pass's launched operations in the mid-1930s, and the ski area is one of the oldest in the state.

In past years, the Park concessionaire has said Badger Pass needs at least two feet of snow to open. Friday's announcement did not say the resort had crossed the two-foot threshold.

As of Friday, the storm weather forecast remained precarious for operations at Badger Pass. 

"The snow level is expected to fluctuate between 8,000 and 8,500 feet for most of the duration of the event," a forecast issued at 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 7 said.

Badger Pass's base elevation is about 7,200 feet.

Three to 4.5 inches of rainfall were possible through Sunday night in the Yosemite region, the forecast said.

Friday's news brought a flurry of comments to Badger Pass's Facebook page.

"Finally, Badger Pass Yosemite Ski Area opens tomorrow!," Yosemite videographer Steven M. Bumgardner posted on the page on Friday afternoon.

Badger Pass was one of the first ski resorts in California when it opened in the mid 1930s. Photo: Ansel Adams / www.yosemite.ca.us/Badger Pass was one of the first ski resorts in California when it opened in the mid 1930s. Photo: Ansel Adams / www.yosemite.ca.us/

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