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Old October 27th 08, 09:54 AM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
Dave[_6_]
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Default Anyone any experience of Badger Pass?

We are planning a trip for 4 days over christmas. There are a couple
of pretty keen skiers and a few non-skiers. The non-skiers are into
walking and snow-shoeing, especially if there is good sceanery (they
are from the UK, so the bar for impressive sceanery may be a liittle
lower). They would really like to see Yosemite, so we thought about
Badger Pass. It looks pretty small and easy, but if the trees are
skiable I am sure we could have some fun in them.

I am more worried that while it may be in Yosemite it is rather a long
way from the valley, so may not be any more sceanic than any other bit
of the mountains, but full of people and concrette.

Other than peoples general thoughts on the area, I suppose my
questions a

What is the skmiing like at Badger Pass?
What is the sceanery like at Badger Pass?
What is there to do other than ski and walk?
How far is it to the valley its self? Are the routes passable in the
winter?
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Old October 27th 08, 06:53 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
lal_truckee
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Default Anyone any experience of Badger Pass?

Dave wrote:
We are planning a trip for 4 days over christmas. There are a couple
of pretty keen skiers and a few non-skiers. The non-skiers are into
walking and snow-shoeing, especially if there is good sceanery (they
are from the UK, so the bar for impressive sceanery may be a liittle
lower). They would really like to see Yosemite, so we thought about
Badger Pass. It looks pretty small and easy, but if the trees are
skiable I am sure we could have some fun in them.

I am more worried that while it may be in Yosemite it is rather a long
way from the valley, so may not be any more sceanic than any other bit
of the mountains, but full of people and concrette.

Other than peoples general thoughts on the area, I suppose my
questions a

What is the skmiing like at Badger Pass?


Beginner - charming.

What is the sceanery like at Badger Pass?


Forest - no views. Road continuing on to Glacier Point isn't plowed AFAIK.

What is there to do other than ski and walk?


Nothing.

How far is it to the valley its self? Are the routes passable in the
winter?


Road to ski area is kept open. Not far from valley to lodge, but slow
driving even in summer (winding.) You do stay in the valley which is
scenic beyond belief; a single visit to an outlook point should hold you
for a decade or two - nothing in the world compares. And you'll pass
such views to/from skiing.

Alternatively you can ski Bear Mountain (excellent skiing) and/or Dodge
Ridge (good skiing) for a few days and tour Yosemite for a few days
rather than trying to do both at once. Check a map. You need to fly into
San Francisco or Sacramento anyway; no roads over the mountains in
winter so Reno is out.
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Old October 27th 08, 07:10 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
lal_truckee
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Default Anyone any experience of Badger Pass?

lal_truckee wrote:
Dave wrote:
We are planning a trip for 4 days over christmas.



I forgot to mention: Bear Valley is embedded in the Gold Country - lots
for the non-skiers to tour/do while the skiers ski, before all head to
Yosemite.

Or just leave the non-skiers in the valley daily while the skiers go to
Badger. I hesitate to to push this solution since a "keen" skier would
miss the great skiing California has to offer, but perchance your skiers
have made numerous visits to North America and are tired and old and
ready for "charming" skiing over exciting skiing?
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Old October 28th 08, 04:06 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
Dave[_6_]
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Default Anyone any experience of Badger Pass?

On 27 Oct, 18:53, lal_truckee wrote:
Dave wrote:
We are planning a trip for 4 days over christmas. *There are a couple
of pretty keen skiers and a few non-skiers. *The non-skiers are into
walking and snow-shoeing, especially if there is good sceanery (they
are from the UK, so the bar for impressive sceanery may be a liittle
lower). *They would really like to see Yosemite, so we thought about
Badger Pass. *It looks pretty small and easy, but if the trees are
skiable I am sure we could have some fun in them.


I am more worried that while it may be in Yosemite it is rather a long
way from the valley, so may not be any more sceanic than any other bit
of the mountains, but full of people and concrette.


Other than peoples general thoughts on the area, I suppose my
questions a


What is the skmiing like at Badger Pass?


Beginner - charming.

What is the sceanery like at Badger Pass?


Forest - no views. Road continuing on to Glacier Point isn't plowed AFAIK..

What is there to do other than ski and walk?


Nothing.

How far is it to the valley its self? *Are the routes passable in the
winter?


Road to ski area is kept open. Not far from valley to lodge, but slow
driving even in summer (winding.) You do stay in the valley which is
scenic beyond belief; a single visit to an outlook point should hold you
for a decade or two - nothing in the world compares. And you'll pass
such views to/from skiing.

Alternatively you can ski Bear Mountain (excellent skiing) and/or Dodge
Ridge (good skiing) for a few days and tour Yosemite for a few days
rather than trying to do both at once. Check a map. You need to fly into
San Francisco or Sacramento anyway; no roads over the mountains in
winter so Reno is out.- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -


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Old October 28th 08, 04:33 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
Dave[_6_]
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Default Anyone any experience of Badger Pass?

Thank you for the info. It really helps our decision.

On 27 Oct, 18:53, lal_truckee wrote:
Dave wrote:
What is the skmiing like at Badger Pass?


Beginner - charming.


Are the trees skiable? It looks from the map like there are a fair
few trees, and if it is such a begineer resort I thought they may be
fairly empty.

How far is it to the valley its self? *Are the routes passable in the
winter?


Road to ski area is kept open. Not far from valley to lodge, but slow
driving even in summer (winding.) You do stay in the valley which is
scenic beyond belief; a single visit to an outlook point should hold you
for a decade or two - nothing in the world compares. And you'll pass
such views to/from skiing.


That is the impression I get, it does sound quite amazing.

Alternatively you can ski Bear Mountain (excellent skiing) and/or Dodge
Ridge (good skiing) for a few days and tour Yosemite for a few days
rather than trying to do both at once. Check a map. You need to fly into
San Francisco or Sacramento anyway; no roads over the mountains in
winter so Reno is out.


I assume you mean Bear Valley (http://www.bearvalley.com/). Is that
much better then? It is a pretty long way between them, but perhaps
we can stop off.

I forgot to mention: Bear Valley is embedded in the Gold Country - lots
for the non-skiers to tour/do while the skiers ski, before all head to
Yosemite.


That sounds like a solution.

Or just leave the non-skiers in the valley daily while the skiers go to
Badger. I hesitate to to push this solution since a "keen" skier would
miss the great skiing California has to offer, but perchance your skiers
have made numerous visits to North America and are tired and old and
ready for "charming" skiing over exciting skiing?


One of the skiers lives over there and is working for the rest of the
holiday period. The other skier (me) shall be spending most of the
rest of the 3 weeks around then bumming about in south lake Tahoe
and / or Colorado so I will not be missing out too much I am quite
willing to sacrifice a few days great skiing to a few days skiing and
impressed non-skiers.

Thanks again,
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Old November 3rd 08, 08:29 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
lal_truckee
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Default Anyone any experience of Badger Pass?

Dave wrote:
Thank you for the info. It really helps our decision.

On 27 Oct, 18:53, lal_truckee wrote:
Dave wrote:
What is the skmiing like at Badger Pass?

Beginner - charming.


Are the trees skiable? It looks from the map like there are a fair
few trees, and if it is such a begineer resort I thought they may be
fairly empty.

How far is it to the valley its self? Are the routes passable in the
winter?

Road to ski area is kept open. Not far from valley to lodge, but slow
driving even in summer (winding.) You do stay in the valley which is
scenic beyond belief; a single visit to an outlook point should hold you
for a decade or two - nothing in the world compares. And you'll pass
such views to/from skiing.


That is the impression I get, it does sound quite amazing.

Alternatively you can ski Bear Mountain (excellent skiing) and/or Dodge
Ridge (good skiing) for a few days and tour Yosemite for a few days
rather than trying to do both at once. Check a map. You need to fly into
San Francisco or Sacramento anyway; no roads over the mountains in
winter so Reno is out.


I assume you mean Bear Valley (http://www.bearvalley.com/). Is that
much better then? It is a pretty long way between them, but perhaps
we can stop off.

I forgot to mention: Bear Valley is embedded in the Gold Country - lots
for the non-skiers to tour/do while the skiers ski, before all head to
Yosemite.


That sounds like a solution.

Or just leave the non-skiers in the valley daily while the skiers go to
Badger. I hesitate to to push this solution since a "keen" skier would
miss the great skiing California has to offer, but perchance your skiers
have made numerous visits to North America and are tired and old and
ready for "charming" skiing over exciting skiing?


One of the skiers lives over there and is working for the rest of the
holiday period. The other skier (me) shall be spending most of the
rest of the 3 weeks around then bumming about in south lake Tahoe
and / or Colorado so I will not be missing out too much I am quite
willing to sacrifice a few days great skiing to a few days skiing and
impressed non-skiers.


In that case, I'd suggest spending the days with the non-skiers touring
Yosemite Valley and looking about the Gold Country; can the skiing - you
skiers will get plenty elsewhere and Badger is historic but not in the
least challenging (if you can't get up any speed even the trees are not
much fun.)


Thanks again,

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Old November 4th 08, 04:44 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
Dave[_6_]
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Default Anyone any experience of Badger Pass?

On 3 Nov, 20:29, lal_truckee wrote:
Dave wrote:
One of the skiers lives over there and is working for the rest of the
holiday period. *The other skier (me) shall be spending most of the
rest of the 3 weeks around then bumming about in south lake Tahoe
and / or Colorado so I will not be missing out too much *I am quite
willing to sacrifice a few days great skiing to a few days skiing and
impressed non-skiers.


In that case, I'd suggest spending the days with the non-skiers touring
Yosemite Valley and looking about the Gold Country; can the skiing - you
skiers will get plenty elsewhere and Badger is historic but not in the
least challenging (if you can't get up any speed even the trees are not
much fun.)


Is it really that flat? I am supprissed to see someone here recommend
NOT going skiing when in the mountains I expect I shall do a day
up there, but expect to spend the rest of the time touring. Perhaps I
could try XC or telemark.
 




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