Winter is truly here. Badger Pass has not been open this early since 2010 and many of us see our dream coming true of a very snowy winter in Yosemite National Park.

If you are looking for a place to play, Yosemite’s powder white slopes of Badger Pass are where you want to be. But would California’s original ski resort be here without the involvement of the Yosemite Winter Club? We are excited to share the story of the Yosemite Winter Club:


In the fall of 1928, Donald Tresidder, president of the Curry Company [the primary concessionaire in Yosemite National Park at that time] formed the Yosemite Winter Club to ‘encourage and develop all forms of winter sports and to advertise and exploit the great

Donald Tressider
Donald Tressider

advantages, beauties and healthy benefits of winter in the California Sierra to all lovers of outdoor life.

In its eighty year span to the present day, the club has played a leading role in the evolution of winter sports in California. (Magic Yosemite Winters by Gene Rose; 1999:21).During the first five years of the Club’s formation, Badger Pass Ski resort opened and tobogganing and ice-skating took off in Curry Village.

Backcountry skiing was encouraged when the Tressiders had the Snow Creek Cabin constructed near the north rim of Yosemite Valley. By 1941, a second ski hut was built at Ostrander Lake. Both Snow Creek and Ostrander remain popular overnight, backcountry destinations, while ice-skating at Curry Village, and skiing at Badger Pass remain popular front-country destinations.

Today, the Yosemite Winter Club is comprised of hundreds of members who share enjoyment of winter sports in Yosemite. The Winter Club remains tightly linked with the National Park Service and Yosemite’s primary concessioner: Delaware North Corporation.

The purposes of this club are to foster regional amateur and recreational Nordic and Alpine snow skiing, snowboarding, skating competitions and events, while supporting and developing amateur athletes and recreational winter sport enthusiasts for such competitions and events.

To find out what the benefits are of becoming a member of Yosemite Winter Club visit: or

And don’t forget, The Redwoods In Yosemite Vacation Home Rentals are strategically located about 35 min. (17.6 miles) away from Badger Pass Ski Area. So when you come back after a day of skiing, snowboarding or tubing, you know there will always be a warm spot for you and your loved ones by the fire (some homes even have hot tubs)!