Yosemite is one of only three National Parks that has an operational ski area located within park boundaries. As if riding in one of the most iconic national parks wasn't epic enough, the resort offers a pay-per-run option when purchasing your lift tickets. It's cheap too!
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard area (formerly Badger Pass) sits at just over 7,000ft and offers a variety of winter activities including an epic 20mile cross country ski track up to Glacier Point. The hill has 3 lifts and 10 runs: 35% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 15% advanced. They are fully dependent on mother nature to provide the snow coverage, so the snow you see is the snow you get in terms of snowpack.
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard area might pale in comparison to the majority of ski resorts in North America, specifically in terms of skiable acres and vertical drop, but this resort offers one thing no other mountain does... single ride lift tickets.
Current ticket rates
Full Day (Adult): $59
Single Run (any lift): $5.50
*as of 1/1/2019. Make sure to check their website for the most accurate and up-to-date information
Why it works
There is something uniquely liberating about being able to pay per run. Similar to having a season pass, there's no pressure to feel like you have to get your money's worth for a full day lift ticket.
I only had one day to spend in the park, which is not nearly enough time to explore the beauty of Yosemite, but I also didn't want to pass up an opportunity to ride in one of the most infamous National Parks in the world.
Since I knew I wasn't going to be there all day, or even half a day, purchasing a full day lift ticket wouldn't have made much sense financially. Having the option to pay for individual runs made for the ideal situation. I couldn't say no.
The longest run is less than a half mile so I was only on the hill for 30 minutes, but that's all I needed to get my fix.
Follow me as I travel hack my way through the mountains!