Quiet, family oriented, unknown, inexpensive, beautiful setting, XC, downhill, snowshoeing, free transport from yosemite.
Very small, no lodging at the slopes.
Badger Pass is one of the oldest and smallest ski areas in California. But that dose not mean that it should be overlooked. One of the best ski days of my life was at this little secret. The slopes were groomed during the night before then in the wee hours of the morning a snow shower put down about 4" of dry powder - magnificent! the best part was that it was a monday and there were only 8 people on the entire mountain - 6 of them were on "the" beginner slope, which meant that the rest of the mountain was all for my wife and myself, for all 8 hours. Badger Pass is the quintessential family-oriented ski park. Every staffer that I have ever approached is very friendly and enjoyable to work with. They offer x-country, downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ski school and snowshoing. There is a short order cafeteria - if a bit overpriced - but then again it is a ski resort. the nightlife is all in Yosemite valley is just 17 miles down the hill from the slopes. If you've never skied/boarded before or if you're a veteran snow bunny and you are looking for a quiet and fun day in the snow, you owe it to yourself to check out Badger Pass.