1/21/2016: Skiing in Yosemite

Skiing in Yellowstone National Park has always been on the Bucket List.  But that is big trip.  There’s no excuse why I couldn’t go to Yosemite.  I threw the cross country skis and snow shoes in the car and enough equipment to hedge my bets and went to work.  I had no real plan.  And, the little that I had almost fell apart.  But I made it to El Portal at 8 am.  I had no intention of going to the Yosemite Valley but the deli was closed in El Portal and I needed food and water.  Although unintended, it was fortuitous.  I got there just as the sun was hitting the Yosemite Valley.  I spent a lot more time there than I intended but it was an opportunity to photograph the valley that I could not pass up.

Finally, at noon, I made it up to Badger Pass ski area.  Whatever I thought I had about getting back to nature should have been taken in context of Yosemite scale.  Back to nature with a 1000 of your closest friends.  It wasn’t bad but I was caught off guard.  I realized that I should not have been because they all had the same intentions as me.  When I reached Dewey Point, I saw why everyone was there.  I had never seen Yosemite Valley from above and to see El Capitan dwarfed and Half Dome almost indistinguishable was awe inspiring.  It was a successful day: I stayed upright on my skis as much as possible, I got a workout in, I finally relaxed a bit, and I experienced something that I had never seen before.  It was a good day.

4 Comments on “1/21/2016: Skiing in Yosemite

    • Fifty degrees! It was just like when we skied Breckenridge except it was warm, there was no ice, and it had an amazing view….you would have loved it.


  1. The photo of El Capitan and the Merced River with snow on the rocks and steam over the snow is my favorite. It is a really beautiful photo Peter. Wait no, the photo of the Valley with cloud streaks in the sky is my favorite. I can’t make up my mind.

    It looks like a great day! It doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks for sharing the photos so quickly. I’ll bet you can’t wait to get back and do that again.

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    • Glad you like them. It was my resolution to not wait a year before posting a trip to the blog. I’ve had one success to build on. I have some trips in mind but wish they allowed dogs in the backcountry.


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