When it’s cold out, embrace solitude in Yosemite

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When it’s cold out, embrace solitude in Yosemite

Revel in the park’s scenery without summer’s crowds
A cross-country skier in Yosemite National Park in California in winter with the famous Half Dome formation in the background. The park offers solitude, scenery and activities like skiing and snowshoeing in the offseason when there are fewer crowds.
The Half Dome granite formation in Yosemite National Park in California rises 4,700 feet from the valley floor.
The annual holiday-themed Bracebridge Dinner is held at the Majestic Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California.
The Majestic Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California.
Skiers ride a lift at Yosemite National Park in California in winter. The park offers solitude, scenery and activities like skiing and snowshoeing in the offseason when there are fewer crowds.
Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park in California.
Yosemite National Park is less crowded in winter and offers solitude, scenery and activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and ice skating.
If you go

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: https://www.nps.gov/yose/. Check for alerts, closures, schedules. Yosemite Valley is about 210 miles from San Francisco. Things to do in winter: http://bit.ly/2iWrEBu.


WEATHER, FEES AND SCHEDULES: Average temperatures range from the 20s to the 50s. Conditions can change quickly and dramatically. Roads that are open one day may be closed the next. Tour schedules are also subject to change. Not everything is open on Christmas Day. For road conditions, call (209) 372-0200 or visit http://www.nps.gov/yose. Seven-day pass, $30.


ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY: http://bit.ly/2rg5LOU.


MAJESTIC HOTEL: http://bit.ly/24d3KSv. Depending on date, rooms December-January start at around $325-$500, more for peak holiday. Bracebridge dinners: http://www.bracebridgedinners.com/.


YOSEMITE SKI AND SNOWBOARD: http://bit.ly/2ySRadP.

When it’s cold out, embrace solitude in Yosemite

A cross-country skier in Yosemite National Park in California in winter with the famous Half Dome formation in the background. The park offers solitude, scenery and activities like skiing and snowshoeing in the offseason when there are fewer crowds.
The Half Dome granite formation in Yosemite National Park in California rises 4,700 feet from the valley floor.
The annual holiday-themed Bracebridge Dinner is held at the Majestic Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California.
The Majestic Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California.
Skiers ride a lift at Yosemite National Park in California in winter. The park offers solitude, scenery and activities like skiing and snowshoeing in the offseason when there are fewer crowds.
Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park in California.
Yosemite National Park is less crowded in winter and offers solitude, scenery and activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and ice skating.
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