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Yosemite Valley tent camping in mid-March

Travelling to and visiting Yosemite National Park in Winter and most of Spring, when snow is on the ground. Includes visiting in winter, snow play, downhill and nordic skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and snow camping.

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Yosemite Valley tent camping in mid-March

Postby steveneddy » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:34 am

Can anyone tell me what to expect in the valley in mid March? We have sleeping bags rated to 20 F, but have not tried them out yet. Is this a good time of year to snowshoe or cross-country ski in areas within hiking distance or a short drive from Pines campgrounds? Also, is there any downhill skiing in the area?
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Re: Yosemite Valley tent camping in mid-March

Postby dan » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:01 pm

Here's a temperature chart (basically freezing at night and 60F high during the day):

The snow in March is usually difficult (hard, clumpy) for skiing. It's only 4000' on the Valley floor. Snowshoeing is easier. There's a free shutle bus to Badger Pass Ski Area, which is at 7000+ feet, that leaves from the hotels in the valley.
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