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The Four Seasons in Yosemite National Park (1938) by Ansel Adams


Winter by Ansel Adams
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WINTER

When winter spreads a thick white blanket over the mountains, Yosemite becomes a great snowy playground. In the Valley, sleigh bells jingle and Alaskan dog teams mush through the deep drifts . . . ice skaters whirl ‘round the large outdoor rink; the shrill screams of excited toboganners mingle with the hilarious laughter of those who slide down “ash-can alley.”

Through the Wawona Tunnel, and a few miles up the Glacier Point road, the Badger Pass Ski House is the center of skiing activities. Here, Hannes Shroll, famous Austrian ski instructor, directs the Yosemite Ski School. Almost from the door of the ski house, an “upski” carries skiers to the tops of domes rising a thousand feet above, and from which trails radiate in all directions.

Badger Pass Ski House by Ansel Adams
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The Ski House at Badger Pass.
Skiing by Ansel Adams
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Ski Tracks by Ansel Adams
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Yosemite is recognized as one of the best ski centers in the country. The ski terrain compares favorably with the famous European winter resorts, and snow and weather conditions are ideal. Expert instructors teach modern ski technique at the Yosemite Ski School.
Snow Plow by Ansel Adams
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Yosemite roads are always kept clear by large rotary plows operated by the National Park Service.
Children learn skiing rapidly and parents watch their amazing progress with envy. Child Skiing by Ansel Adams
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This mechanical lift takes the “up” out of skiing— hence has been christened the “Upski.” Upski by Ansel Adams
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Skiing in fresh snow by Ansel Adams
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An ardent skier lives only for winter when he can skim over a ten-foot blanket of snow and see the glistening peaks of distant mountains.
Hannes Shroll, who directs the Yosemite Ski School, is an international champion. He expected to find only sunshine and oranges in California but instead found ski slopes and snow conditions in Yosemite equal to those in his native Austrian-Tyrol. Hannes Shroll by Ansel Adams
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Toboggan Slide at Camp Curry by Ansel Adams
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The toboggan slide offers “mile-a-minute” thrills in a setting of incomparable scenic beauty.
Trees in Snow by Ansel Adams
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Trees in snow-white dress are as beautiful as in summer’s leafy green.

What would winter be without the merry jingle of sleigh bells?
Horses in Snow by Ansel Adams
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Wawona Tunnel View by Ansel Adams
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The famous Wawona Tunnel, cut through solid granite, offers easy access to Glacier Point and the Mariposa Big Trees.
Big Trees in Snow by Ansel Adams
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The Big Trees are spectacular under a winter blanket of deep snow.
Deer in Snow by Ansel Adams
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In winter most of the deer migrate to lower altitudes but a few always remain in the Valley.
Alaskan Dog Team by Ansel Adams
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Alaskan dog teams furnish a novel means of transportation for winter fun.

Ice Skating by Ansel Adams
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On the great outdoor ice rink, graceful figure skaters add to winter’s gaiety.
Skiing Down
by Ansel Adams
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