Snowfall that came with that three-day storm last week has prompted the primary concessioner in Yosemite National Park to open a nordic center for renting cross-country skis and snowshoes at the ski area that used to be known as Badger Pass.

It is now known as Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, but downhill skiing, boarding and tubing are not being offered there this winter.

Staff with Yosemite Hospitality, the Aramark concessioner in Yosemite, said this week they planned to open the Nordic Center at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, with limited services, on Friday.

They plan to open the Nordic Center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through April 1, as conditions permit. Hours announced this week are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cross-country skis, boots, poles and snowshoes will be available for rent.

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is inside Yosemite National Park boundaries on Glacier Point Road above Chinquapin off Wawona Road, also known as Highway 41.

Staff with Yosemite Hospitality say Glacier Point Road will be groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing up to Ostrander Lake trailhead.

Badger Pass Ski Area opened in 1935. The name was changed to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area on March 1, 2016, as part of a National Park Service plan to deflate legal claims to intellectual property by Delaware North, the concessioner that preceded Aramark. The name change dispute remains unresolved.

People interested in joining a guided snowshoeing trip with Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures can ask for more information by emailing or calling 209-379-2317 x10. No snowshoeing experience is required.

Dodge Ridge above Pinecrest off Highway 108 is now open with more than 30 groomed runs and 63 of 67 total runs open, staff with the ski resort said. For more information email or call (209) 965-3474.

Further up Highway 108 east of Strawberry, staff at Leland High Sierra Snowplay are touting March Madness and they are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week, closed Wednesdays. For more information visit online.

Bear Valley Mountain Resort off Highway 4 in Alpine County is also open and offering $49 first timer lessons, says Mattly Trent, director of guest safety & ski patrol at Bear Valley.

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