The major routes to Yosemite remain open throughout Winter and Yosemite Valley roads are always plowed. You can take Highway 41 North out of Fresno for 45 miles, Highway 140 East out of Merced for 27 miles, or Highway 120 East out of Manteca for 20 miles to get to Yosemite. Bring chains for your tires, or buy them along the way at a service station as they are likely to be required.
Skiing (cross-country and downhill) is popular at Badger Pass and Crane Flat. (Call 209-372-8444).
Badger Pass offers cross-country ski classes, individual instruction, and guided tours. For a free shuttle bus to Badger Pass, go to a lodging facility in Yosemite Valley or call 209-372-1446.
Snowshoeing can be done wherever there is enough snow to walk on. Rangers lead walks from Badger Pass. 209-372-0299.
Ice-skating can be done at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley which offers rental skates, lockers, and snack stand. Call 209-372-8341.
If you enjoy sledding, inner-tubing or tobogganing go to Crane Flat Campground on Highway 120 near Tioga Road.
Four campgrounds are open in Winter:
Lower Pines ($15) is the designated winter campground. It has 172 sites for tents or RVs. Pets allowed in winter. Reservations required (1-800-436-7275).
Sunnyside Walk-in ($3) is for climbers and backpackers since you must carry your food and equipment to these sites. No pets. First come, first served.
In the southern part of the park, Wawona Campground ($10) offers 100 sites.
In the northern part of the park, Hodgdon Meadow Campground ($12) offers 105 sites for any type of camper on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets allowed.