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BADGER PASS SKI AREA’S DOWNHILL OPERATIONS TO OPEN FOR THE SEASON DECEMBER 21, 2012

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., December 19, 2012 – Yosemite National Park’s Badger Pass Ski Area will open its downhill operations on Friday, December 21, 2012.  Yosemite’s recent snow storms provided a base depth of 24” at Badger Pass as of December 18. The free shuttle to Badger Pass from Yosemite National Park lodges will begin service on opening date. The Nordic Center offering snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opened for the season on December 15, 2012. Badger Pass Ski Area’s Tubing Hill and Terrain Park will open at a later date as more snow is needed for those winter activities.

Skiers and riders can still purchase season passes online for as low as $149 for adults and $69 for children through December 31, 2012.

Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area has been operating as California’s original ski area for family fun since 1935. With 10 slope runs and five convenient lifts, families can experience a picturesque winter getaway with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, all at a fraction of the cost found at other ski resorts. In addition to affordable season passes, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite offers several packages and discounted lift ticket offers for winter adventurers to hit the slopes without breaking the bank.

For more information or to book a Badger Pass experience, please visit www.YosemitePark.com or call 801-559-4949. For 24-hour ski conditions, call 209-372-1000. To obtain Yosemite road and weather information, call 209-372-0200.

Join the Badger Pass Ski Area conversation at Facebook.com/BadgerPass and Twitter.com/SkiBadgerPass. To check out current conditions and view the slopes at Badger Pass, visit Badger Pass Ski Area’s new HD webcam atYosemitePark.com/badger-webcam.aspx.

 

About Badger Pass Ski Area

Founded in 1935, Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area enjoys the distinction of being California’s first ski resort. Badger Pass is the gateway to some of the most beautiful vistas in the High Sierra, offering five convenient lifts and spacious groomed runs for downhill skiers and snowboarders, in addition to snowshoeing, snow tubing and cross-country ski trails. The Yosemite Ski School was established in 1928 and has taught generations of first-time skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers. Msnbc.com listed Badger Pass Ski Area as a “Top Ten Ski Resort Perfect for the Entire Family”. Badger Pass Ski Area is operated by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite (DNC), an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessionaire responsible for lodging, dining, guest recreation and transportation in Yosemite. For online lodging reservations and details regarding Badger Pass Ski Area, visit YosemitePark.com or call 559-253-5676.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader, providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and in Niagara Falls State Park., as well as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida and numerous operations within National Parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Olympic, Shenandoah and Yosemite. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite and the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, including the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel are owned and operated by the company. Internationally, the company operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.