March 28, 2019 – Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Glacier Point Road and the surrounding trails will remain open for winter recreational use through Sunday, April 14, 2019, conditions permitting. Due to the significant snow pack, the current trail conditions are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the area surrounding Glacier Point Road. Typically, winter recreational use in this area ends at the end of March when the park closes Glacier Point Road to begin seasonal plowing operations.
Plowing operations along Glacier Point Road will begin on April 1. All recreational users are encouraged to use the Old Glacier Point Road beginning from the Badger Pass Parking Area to access the Ostrander Lake Ski Hut and all other trails along Glacier Point Road. It is the visitor’s personal responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and stay away from all heavy equipment on the Glacier Point Road.
Park visitors planning overnight trips in the area near Glacier Point Road must stop at the Badger Pass Ranger Station “A-Frame” and register for their overnight permits. Self-registration information is available at the Ranger Station when the building is closed. To learn more about how to plan for a wilderness trip in Yosemite National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm.
To learn more about the Ostrander Lake Ski Hut and to make reservations, please visit the following website: https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/facilities-reservation.
The Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, including the Nordic Center and all other facilities, will close for the 2019 season on Sunday, March 31, 2019.