Winter Sports, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is an all-season park. And the activities and sceneries here vary greatly depending on your time of visit. Badger Pass, for example, is great for winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. It's California's oldest operating ski area. It's located along Glacier Point Road, about 1 hour drive from the Valley. Drive safely in snowy days. The road is very narrow and winding.
If the snow is fresh in Yosemite Valley, there is no better place for cross country skiing. This photo was taken on our X-country trek to Mirror Lake, a very easy 1-1/2 hour round trip.
You have to hit it right to be able to ski in the Valley. After all, the elevation is only 4,000 feet. This is the first winter we lucked out with fabulous conditions. When the conditions aren't ideal in the Valley, we head up to Badger Pass at 7,000 feet inside the Park. At that elevation, good snow coverage during most of the winter is practically guaranteed.
If you don't have your own skis, you can rent them at the ice rink at Curry Village.
In the winter only, the ice skating rink at Curry Village is open. You can rent ice skates (and also cross-country equipment) here.
You might want to check to make sure the Zamboni hasn't broken down. It had when we ice skated this year - we still had fun - it reminded me a bit of skating on the lakes of my childhood more than skating in a rink.