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DNC Parks & Resorts

January 24, 2012 20:42 ET

Badger Pass Ski Area to Open Thursday, January 26

Plan a Yosemite Snowboarding Getaway With Fresh Snow, Great Deals and the Guaranteed-to-Snowboard/Ski Package

YOSEMITE, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2012) - The 77th winter season at Badger Pass Ski Area begins Thursday, January 26 after recent snow storms dropped more than 24 inches of snow; making now the perfect time for riders and skiers of every level to plan a Northern California snowboarding or ski trip to Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area 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. To help celebrate the season, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite is offering several packages and season pass offers designed to help guests hit the slopes for less.

  • Deals for Lift Tickets and Season Passes:
    • Skiers and riders can purchase passes for the 2011-12 season at $129 for adults and $79 for children through the end of the season.
    • To thank current season pass holders for awaiting the opening of the season, Badger is offering 35 percent off any 2012-13 season pass purchases.
    • "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.
  • "Stay N' Play" Add-on Package: Guests traveling to Yosemite National Park this winter can take full advantage of the season's best activities with the Stay N' Play package. For just $50 per adult and $30 per child, in addition to the room rate, guests can enjoy:
    • An all-day Badger Pass lift ticket and equipment rental
    • Group ski or snowboarding lesson
    • A snow tubing session
    • A two-hour Valley Floor Tour
    • An ice skating session

Note: This package is valued at $174 for adults and is valid for mid-week, non-holiday stays at all DNC in-park lodging. Blackout dates may apply.

  • Guaranteed-to-Snowboard/Ski Package: For those who may be new to winter sports, the Guaranteed-to-Snowboard/Ski package promises to have skiers and boarders riding Badger Pass' Bruin chairlift and cruising down the mountain on the first day -- if not, Badger will offer a voucher to come back and try again. This Yosemite, California snowboarding and ski package includes:
    • Equipment rental
    • A beginner lift ticket
    • A morning and afternoon group lesson

Note: Packages are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guests must be aged 7 or older. Group lessons are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis each morning, so please arrive early.

In addition to these exciting packages, Delaware North operates two shuttle services to and from Badger Pass Ski Area. The first operates within Yosemite National Park and shuttles guests from the park's lodges to Badger Pass. The second provides snowboarders and skiers staying in Oakhurst with transportation services on select dates to the ski area. For a complete schedule, please visit www.YosemitePark.com. Snow tubing will not be available until Badger receives more snow.

To book a Northern California snowboarding package or weekend getaway, or to learn about additional offers available, please visit www.YosemitePark.com or call 801-559-4949. For 24-hour ski conditions, call 209-372-1000. To obtain Yosemite road and weather information, call 209-372-0200.

Join the Badger Pass conversation at Facebook.com/BadgerPass and Twitter.com/SkiBadgerPass.

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. Msnbc.com 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 YosemitePark.com or call 559-253-5676.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places (SM), with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies' hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.

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