Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
This is a hard one to write since it hit 77 degrees in San Jose-by-the-sea Monday. But I’m here to tell you that Badger Pass in Yosemite plans to open on December 15. Considering the snow depth is currently ZERO with nothing coming soon, you may want to check before you head up. Personally I’m done with skiing – no desire to get back on the horse after the major eyeball whomping I got 12 years ago. But if you go – wear a helmet! Not just for your kids – but stick a can on your noggin. Anyway, Badger Pass is a great mom-and-pop resort. Well, not really a resort, but let’s say a “place to ski”. 88 acres of ski-able terrain ranks it up with a WalMart parking lot. With 5 runs that you could get down without taking a breath, it is a good place to bring kids or beginners.
Did you know that it was almost selected as the site of the 1932 Olympics? (Lost to Lake Placid) Did you know that it had the first lift in the West? Did you know that there was talk of building a tram from the Valley to Glacier Point for better access to Badger? Did you know that the Wawona Road and Tunnel opened in late 1933 and the Glacier Point Road to Badger Pass opened in 1935 giving access to the ski area? Gosh.
If you plan to go, and don’t want to deal with chains, drive to Oakhurst and for $10 round trip you can ride a shuttle bus from Miller Mountain Sports.
Yes, 77 degrees on Nov 15. Nice.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.”– Bing Crosby
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com