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October 2011

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Plan a Northern California Skiing Adventure With Amazing Ski and Lodging Deals and a Variety of Yosemite Winter Activities


YOSEMITE, CA, Oct 24, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite announces the anticipated opening day for Badger Pass Ski Area for Friday, December 16, 2011, with conditions permitting. Eager Northern California skiing enthusiasts will be able to enjoy an array of activities for beginner to intermediate and advanced levels, all while taking advantage of unbeatable ski lessons and deals on lift tickets and season passes.

Badger Pass at Yosemite National Park has been operating as California’s original ski area for family fun since 1935. With 10 slope runs and five convenient lifts, families can enjoy stress-free skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, all at a fraction of the cost found at other ski resorts. This year’s ski deals offer a wide variety of ways to save for the day and the entire season.

Deals for Lift Tickets and Season Passes:

        --  From December 16 - 23, 2011, adult season passes can be purchased in
            person at Badger Pass for $159 and children's for $139.
        --  To honor the 77th anniversary of Badger Pass, the 77th skier to
            purchase a season pass in person the opening week through December 23
            will get their season pass for free.
        --  "Two for Tuesday" - Skiers and snowboarders can also enjoy midweek
            Yosemite skiing with Badger's new "Two for Tuesdays" deal, which
            offers two adult lift tickets for the price of one at $42. This offer
            will begin on January 10, 2012.

Ski and Stay Offers:

        --  "Stay N' Play" - Looking for a weekday getaway? Get the full
            experience of Badger Pass and Yosemite with the "Stay N' Play" add-on
            package for $50 per adult and $30 per child in addition to the room
            rate. This package valued at $153 for adults is valid for mid-week,
            non-holiday stays at all DNC in-park lodging and blackout dates apply.
            Stay N' Play includes:
            --  All-day Badger Pass lift ticket and equipment rental
            --  Group lesson
            --  Snow tubing session
            --  Ticket for the two-hour Valley Floor Tour
            --  Ice skating session

"Stay N’ Play" passes are available December 16, 2011 – March 29, 2012. Each component of the pass may be used once on the same day and this deal may be combined with any other in-park DNC lodging offer or package. Blackout dates include December 26, 2011 – January 6, 2012, January 16, 2012, February 17 – 24, 2012 and all weekends.

        --  "Stay N' Play" Opening Week Special - DNC is pleased to offer a "Stay
            N' Play" special opening week December 16 - 22, 2011. "Stay N' Play"
            passes are valid all week and weekend and are offered at a low rate of
            $35 for adults and $20 for children. Reservations must be made in
            advance to receive this special offer.
        --  Curry Village "Winter Kick-Off" - Curry Village, located in the heart
            of Yosemite Valley with views of iconic Half Dome and Glacier Point,
            is celebrating the opening weekend of Badger Pass with a "Winter
            Kick-Off" $77 package rate for a heated canvas tent cabin and two
            adult lift tickets. This package valued at $185 is only available on
            stays December 16 and 17, 2011. Please mention promo code WINTER77
            when making a reservation.

For images of Badger Pass Ski Area or video footage of Yosemite skiing experiences, please email Lisa Cesaro at For information on lodging, reservations and other park activities, contact Reservations at 801-559-4949 or visit .

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 trained generations of first-time skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers. 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 or call 559-253-5676.



White (Albino) Fawn with Mother

by Ted on October 21, 2011

This was taken at Bass Lake, California. There have been several sighting of the while deer..  We just hope some deer hunter never gets this animal in their gun sights.