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Yosemite's Tioga Pass closes for season; Badger Pass Ski Area may open Friday

December 16, 2008 |  3:46 pm


A sure sign that wintry weather has arrived: Tioga Road, which is a continuation of California Highway 120 inside Yosemite National Park, has been closed for the season because of heavy snow and ice.

Additionally, Glacier Point Road from Badger Pass to Glacier Point is closed for the season, Yosemite officials announced in a news release, adding that Glacier Point Road from Chinquapin to Badger Pass "is open to administrative traffic only and will reopen when Badger Pass Ski Area opens for the season."

The ski area, which got a foot of snow in Monday's  storm and is expecting much more through Wednesday, is scheduled to open Friday. Yosemite National Park is open year-round, but motorists must carry chains during the winter months.

For updated road and weather conditions for Yosemite, call (209) 372-0200. For information on road conditions outside the park, call Caltrans at (800) 427-7623.

—Pete Thomas

File photo: Caltrans snow blowers plow a path through deep, heavy snow on California Highway 120 toward Tioga Pass.

Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times