Snow Camp

The weekend of Friday, Jan. 31 – depart Sunday Feb. 2, 2025 will be the

De Anza College Outdoor Club

THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL Yosemite Valley winter trip

We like getting campsites all in a row in the best part of the Upper Pines campground, so we need to make plans in advance. At the reservations page it says;   “For stays beginning on 01/31/2025, check back on 09/15/2024 at 07:00 AM PDT.”

After reading this webpage, the main links you probably need are:
things to do in advance of the trip which will be updated closer to the trip.

(which includes details about choices of where you can stay overnight, (besides camping, there are cabins/hotel rooms/tent cabins) and how to check current prices and make a reservation.)

How to sign up for the 2025 trip ( which will be written closer to the trip.)

( which includes details about where / when to sign up, in person, and what to bring with you to the signup.)

BELOW IS INFO FROM THE 2024 TRIP, which we be updated closer to the trip, but much of it will stay the same.

The Outdoor Club started signups for the 2024 trip to Yosemite in December 2023, and by January we had people signed up who had been on the trip before and are experienced enough to lead the major hike, and others signed up who can teach people to ice skate. Some of these people will be camping, some have hotel room type reservations.

thin line of gray colors made from a clouds photo

You r-e-a-l-l-y need to read all this material before you come to sign up.

(First photo below courtesy of the park service.)

NPS photo Dec262008snowYosemiteHalfdome 179 pixels: trees thickly laden with snow in foreground Half Dome behind and clear skiessnow-covered picnic table:

Usually one of our biggest trips. Rain? Snow? Sleet? Sunshine? Campfires! Coyotes!
Raccoons (quite possibly IN the tents or tent cabins if people are not careful about snacks in daypacks or their pockets)

raccoons know how to unzip your tent door.

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It really is warmer with 15 people in a six person tent, right?

almost ready for group photo in tent 2010: almost ready for a group photo to be taken in tent, if everyone could just stop laughing and pretend to be sleeping

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YOU CHOOSE which activities you want to do:

night hikes,

early morning hikes,

long hikes to viewpoints above the valley or to the top of one of the tallest waterfalls in the world,

Ranger nature walks,

ice skating,

rollerblading, biking, climbing, (sometimes the weather is good enough for these)

snow sculpture building,

photo walk with a professional photographer, 9 a.m. Saturday
(which you need to sign up for in advance, used to be free but now they charge for it),

photo tour of you create the route for,
of places to photograph iconic Yosemite landmarks

using the following links to webpages of locations to photograph Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall,
El Capitan, Staircase Falls and Half Dome.

This could be a driving tour or
a walking / free shuttle bus tour of the east end Yosemite Valley. People can use the free shuttle bus. Stop at the Exploration Center, near free shuttle bus stop 5 and take a look at the museum and Exploration Center. At free shuttle bus stop 6 you can do a walk to the base of Yosemite Falls and do a short or long walk around Cook’s meadow. A short walk with a Ranger naturalist could be included in these plans during years they have them.

People can do this by copying or downloading the locations-to-take-the-best-Yosemite-photos webpages linked to above and bringing them on the trip. Hmmmmmmm, and you might also want a copy of Things to do during a Yosemite snow storm besides hiding in your tent.

Do a 45+ minute drive with putting on tire chains likely required or take the
free bus to the ski resort and let the bus driver deal with tire chains. (more details about this below)

snowboarding/skiing (lessons and/or rentals),

Ranger Naturalist snowshoe walks,

row of people in snowshoes

Possibly a Saturday evening campfire if people get a campsite or meet at a picnic area that has grills, etc., but often the Yosemite Falls hikers take all day and are tired and want a quick no-cook dinner (or pizza / cafeteria) and sleep instead of a campfire. (Wise people bring enough picnic-type-no-cook food that they can eat even if the restaurants have a power outage or they get back late from the all-day mega hike.)

If all the campers are elsewhere in the evening, but the ice skating is open, they often have a huge fire with seating around it:

two marshmallows on sticks at fire

Many years there is a 7 p.m. Ranger Evening Program at the Yosemite Lodge Cliff Room.

cropped long narrow photo of part of the milky way

And since the faculty advisor can’t do all the activities listed above see below for what will be an official club activity:

The official club activities 2024 will likely be


– – a 7 a.m. (yup, at sunrise) Saturday morning coffee/tea/hot chocolate, snacks, see who wants to ski, who wants to hike, who wants to do the snowshoe walk, plans-for-the-day-look-at-trail-maps-confirm-people-remembered-their-flashlight-and-rain-gear required meeting.

We will likely meet at Yosemite Lodge, (with a nearby free parking lot) where the free bus to the ski area has a pickup and close to the trailhead for the hike to the base of or the top of Yosemite Falls.

why 7 a.m.??

. . . because the longest hike takes all-day-and-sometimes-into-the-evening, so people need to get moving early.

. . . and because the free bus to the ski resort / ranger snowshoe walk leaves early (this bus is first-come, first served, no reservations and people have been turned away when the bus fills – see more about the bus and schedule later at this webpage in section: Free bus to skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing).

The 7 a.m. meeting may be the time most people finally decide what they are doing on Saturday.

– – and optional (but usually everybody – or most trip members)

a Sunday morning breakfast together
(This will be an official club activity, and the club will supply some food for it.
Trip members all usually bring food to share, but can come to the breakfast without contributing food.)

The club has always met on Sunday morning at the end of the trip to eat together and share photos and tales of hikes, skiing people did,
plan ahead for the next kayak lesson
and the August (between summer and fall quarters) trip to Grand Teton National Park.

We (many years everyone) usually got dressed up and went to the Ahwahnee hotel for the grand brunch.

ahwahnee do not feed the bear: Tim pretends to feed a stuffed bear food

But they started remodeling the hotel dining room and in 2022 and 2023
we did our own pot-luck brunch that many of us preferred to the hotel brunch.
We plan again for 2024 to have a pot-luck breakfast the last morning and share tales of adventures.

In 2022, 2023 we thought we did a better menu than the hotel buffets and the club set aside some money for part of the food.

Details about signing up to bring whatever you would most like to eat, with enough to share, (chocolate, juices, fruit, pastries, pies, nuts, bagels and tooooo many choices of toppings, cheese plate, salami, . . . chocolate) will be discussed at various pre-trip meetings.
Nope, no homemade food.

(Yup, in 2023 one woman left the huge bottle of juice at home in her fridge.)

Where we will meet to eat Sunday morning might be announced at the official pre-trip meeting (and last chance to sign up for the trip) . . .date / time winter quarter to be determined.

six coyotes

Because many students on the trip choose to stay overnight
in a hotel-type room or a wood floored tent cabin,
and people who choose to camp will be in a campground with heated restrooms, showers nearby,
restaurants to bail to if cooking out doesn’t work,
and there is a 24 hour in-the-park ambulance service, this isn’t a true wilderness adventure.

But we have had someone on almost every trip who has never been in the snow

or has never been camping before

(or even both),

so for them it meets all definitions of an adventure.

(So they’ve never been in a snowball fight, either. Okay, yes, all activities are optional, including snowball fights.)

Jovill throws a snowball photo by Christina Nguyen Feb 2017

fog over colors blue and green in a narrow photo strip

The new friends in these group photos

at the end of previous winter Yosemite trips

were mostly strangers when the trip started. (More group photos at the end of this webpage.)

group of people

Snow camp group photo 2005 120 pxls: snow camp group 2006 120 pxls tall: yosemite winter 2007 group photo 120 pixels: group photo winter 2010: group photo in a snowy Yosemite campsite winter 2010

cloudy sky

The club requires that we see your waterproof rain gear when you sign up,


because on previous trips the faculty advisor has had to dress people in plastic leaf bags.


rain gear: models show real rain jackets and plastic garbage bag gear
“But I haven’t a thing to wear.”

There are ideas for people on a budget at the complete description of what to bring at: Snow or rain camp must-haves You can rent a winter ski parka/pants, winter boots, a great sleeping bag at local ski suppliers.

You must have (and show us when you sign up) a waterproof hooded jacket and pants, either a simple rain jacket/pants set like the construction workers ones they sell at hardware stores, or as fancy as a set of Goretex gear. Your snowboarding gear could be snow-proof, but not actually waterproof out in the rain.

We will not accept rain ponchos or thin, easily torn temporary rain gear like they sell at airports for emergencies.

People who have never been too cold for too long (hypothermic) tell us they do not think they really need waterproof outer layers. But even if the weather report says sunny, it can change quickly, and when the wind comes up after dark, your waterproof outer-layer can also keep you warmer by protecting you from the wind. Hypothermia is one of the main causes of death in people recreating in the outdoors yet it is PREVENTABLE.

These two people (not anyone from our trips)
with ponchos on, that were draining water down on to their legs

were likely quite cold:

2 people wearing rain ponchos

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your overnight accommodation

The Outdoor Club will not make reservations for any overnight accommodations, individual students do that.

You have a number of choices of where you stay overnight (campground, heated-or-not wood floored canvas roofed/sided tent cabin, wood walled cabin or hotel room) and who you share a campsite with / have as a roommate (or you could come up just for the day Saturday – but people rarely do).

Trip members often make reservations for one of the tent cabins, cabins or hotel rooms (see photos below) well in advance, so they have more choices of where they will stay, and make a big note on their calendar of the deadline to cancel without paying a cancellation fee. (Seven days????) Then they look for roommates. (And for the 2024 trip some made tent cabin and hotel room reservations months in advance).

We do not recommend staying overnight outside of Yosemite valley for this trip, even if it looks like you can get a really nice place to stay for a low price. Please talk to us about any you are considering before you make a reservation.

(From the park website: “Camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted only in designated campsites. Sleeping in vehicles is not permitted anywhere else in Yosemite.”)

– – – the lowest cost overnight accommodation
is camping overnight

in either Camp Four, without a reservation and with no parking space at your campsite,


in Upper Pines Campground, (the only campground open in the winter with individual campsites with parking spaces). Each Upper Pines campsite ($36 per night, as of early 2024) holds six people and two vehicles.

Some club people got four campsites in a row in Upper Pines campground, for the 2024 trip weekend, that they are willing to share.

map of Upper Pines, Lower Pines and North Pines campgrounds

But sometimes the campsite parking spaces are not plowed of snow well enough for the maximum-allowed two vehicles to park, especially two SUVs. This is fine with one SUV with six people in it, but many people will want to drive in two-people-per-vehicle carpools or even by themselves.

They could possibly fit more people sleeping overnight (strictly enforced rules of maximum 6 people per campsite) and save money by paying for fewer campsites, by having some of those who want to drive in small carpools drop of their gear at the site and use free day-use parking for the extra vehicles. They could travel with three or four cars and six people but only buy one campsite. Maybe the car(s) that get to park at the site could pay a larger share of the campsite cost.

The nearest free parking lot is next to parking for Curry Village, a relatively short walk from the campground or a free daytime bus ride during years the free shuttle bus is in full operation.

One year, someone brought chocolate cake for breakfast:

chocolate cake for breakfast:

Each campsite has

a metal food storage box you must use for all food/toiletries ,

Even a thick layer of ice / snow slides off the top of a bear box fairly easily,
so it might be where you start to set up your campsite:

sliding a block of ice off a bear box

a picnic table which can not only have snow that needs clearing,
but a layer of ice beneath that needs more tools to remove it:

people shoveling snow off a picnic table

line of people with tools standing behind a picnic table

Each campsite also has a fire ring,
fire ring with pan of food

(Yup, you guessed it, no WiFi, in campgrounds, sometimes not even on your smart-enough-phone that is not getting reception in much of Yosemite valley.)

Each campsite loop has nearby restrooms, see the map. There is a shower house at Curry Village, a short walk (or one bus stop away on the free bus system) from the campground. And in the winter some years people not staying at Curry village can pay at the Curry Village front desk for a shower – (in the summer people not staying at Curry village can pay to swim in the pool and use the showers). Pictures of the shower house, and directions for finding it are at the YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD section of snow or rain camp must haves

Please note that no pets are allowed on our trips. There are no hook-up campsites for motor homes.


430 a.m. snowfall 2011: big snowflakes are seen falling, lit up by camera flash in front of tent

Photo above taken at 4:30 a.m. when it had been raining, but then it got colder
and rain turned into snowflakes the size of fifty cent pieces, captured by the camera flash.
One woman sleeping in the tent above on the 2011 trip had never been camping before.
Another on the trip had never seen snow fall.


At the end of the 2019 trip it started snowing heavily “SNOWZILLA“. . . and for 2 1/2 days all roads out of Yosemite Valley were closed and all campgrounds were closed due to risk from falling trees, but the students got out after brunch and just in time.

Here, an NPS photo of the result when a large tree fell on a campground restroom
(after they had closed that campground):

busted roof and broken tree

tall snow on a trash can

In other years we have occasionally had snow followed by rain and parts of the campground flood (parts we do not camp in, even if we do not expect any interesting weather):

bear box and picnic table with snow on top, water below

– – – people without camping experience
and / or without cold weather camping gear

(or who just want to be more comfortable)
spend a bit more on a wood-floored, canvas roofed/sided tent cabin, (optionally heated, but bring a reeeealy good sleeping bag or even two) with various double bed and single bed combinations, electric lighting, restroom/showers nearby, lounge with free guest WiFi, walking distance from the campground (or a free daytime shuttle bus ride in years the shuttle is running the full route) but no phones/TV/fridge.

(Renting a tent cabin could be less expensive than renting proper winter camping gear / tent. )

AND it will not matter how late you leave town, as you will not need to pitch a tent out in the potential weather, you just move right into your tent cabin.

Lots of details to make your stay in a Curry Village (briefly named Half Dome Village) tent cabin more fun and comfortable are at:
Yosemite valley tent cabins tips and tricks

Below (photo courtesy of the NPS) are some of the canvas tent cabins and a bear that broke into one people left food in. Always use the bearboxes provided at each tent cabin and campsite. (First-timers info.)

bear outside a canvas tent cabin


Besides the canvas walled/roofed heated or not tent cabin,

Yosemite valley also has:

wood walled cabin without a bath in it, but with a bath house nearby

wood walled cabin with a bath

luxury or generic hotel rooms, suites with a bath, TV,
some with mini-refrigerators, some with coffee makers




There is no cooking allowed at any tent cabins, cabins or hotel rooms, but cabin/hotel dwellers can join people at the campground or go to various picnic areas, some with grills as well as picnic tables.


Please read In Advance of the Yosemite trip
TO LOOK AT THE cabins/hotel rooms/tent cabins,

and find details about how to check current prices and make a reservation.

row of rocks carved into brick shapes


Who’s going? / How Much?

We have had small and large groups (as many as 30 or 40 IF people sign up early and spread the word).

We always have people with previous experience on the trip
and often have people who have never been camping/done major hike and/or have never been in the snow.
Occasionally (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020) we have had a student who was an EMT on the trip.

You don’t have to be a club member to go on trips with us, just a De Anza student (or most faculty/staff), but members pay less for club events. Membership is $15 for 365 days. Reasons why you should become a member are at: Membership benefits

Rarely people decide to come up for just one day. If you decide to stay overnight, where you stay overnight will be up to you, but people usually decide to share campsites and/or tent cabins to save money.

2024 WINTER YOSEMITE TRIP COST paid to the Outdoor Club is the same as 2018 to 2023:

$10 Outdoor Club members, $20 other students.

Trip participants are responsible for trip arrangements and costs, including, but not limited to: food you bring and potential meals eaten at restaurants, campsite, cabin or hotel cost, gas and other transportation costs, a little change for the laundromat to dry some damp clothes, ski/snowboard costs (there are rentals and lessons at the Yosemite ski resort), skate rentals and/or ice rink fee, postcards, t-shirts and other souvenirs, sleeping and eating gear and other personal gear. You can rent winter boots, jacket/pants at home before the trip.

You will need to pay the park vehicle entrance fee. As of early 2024 the Yosemite park entrance fee is $35 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. An annual park pass will cost $70.

OR better yet, find someone to carpool with who already has a (National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands) Interagency annual pass. (If you also go on the club between-summer-and-fall-quarter Grand Teton National Park trip it would be very wise to get a year long national parks pass, $80 as of early 2024.)

OR find someone who is active duty US military personnel or their dependent “with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)” and can get a free national parks pass

(These passes can’t be transferred/shared, the pass holder needs to be in your vehicle and show a valid government-issued photo ID.)

If you are riding in a carpool bring your share of gas, park entrance fee, etc. money.

– – – – If you are fairly sure (or completely sure) you are going on the 2024 Yosemite trip, please email the club advisor at to get on the trip email list.

Include how sure you are that you are going, how you will get to Yosemite National park, and where you will stay overnight.

The club advisor does not have the time to answer questions about the trip that you could have found the answers to by reading ALL the Yosemite winter trip webpages linked to from this page thoroughly and carefully.

(And you will have an adventure that is much more fun if you really understand everything before you sign up.)

Please also read details about what you must agree to in the trip agreement before you come to sign up: 2024 Yosemite winter trip agreement.
And after you do, look at how to sign up (you sign up in person, on campus and that page tells you what to bring with you to sign up.)

a narrow band of sunset reflected on the water

How to do it info:

For a list of required equipment
(and another list of the things you might really wish you had)
as well as menu advice, and a discussion of what to look for in long-johns, fabrics and rain gear, go to: Snow or rain camp must-haves To go on our trip you must read the must haves list and follow it.
On a budget? We do shopping surveys and list the cheapest places to buy the needed gear, often at half the price of higher priced camping gear stores, as well as rentals of snow boots/jackets/pants and tents/really good sleeping bags/insulated sleeping pads.

How many people can you fit in an eight person tent?

stuffingintothetentbyJillGoodell 120 pxls: howmanypeoplein a tent120pixels: crowdedtent2005120pixels:

3 girls in tent winter 2011: 3 smiling girls in their sleeping bags in a tent Alex gives Alanna a backrub 120 pixels: backrub in a tent six in tent Yosemite winter 2014 120 pixels: six people in a dark tent

girls with Cabella: 2010 snow camp group sleeping 236 pxls: 12 people in sleeping bags piled on top of each other inthree rows in an eight person tent

goodmorning2004winter120 pixels: crowdedtentsnow2005three120pixels: wakeupcookieswinter2004 160 pxl: 2014 winter trip five girls in tent: five girls in a dark tent

2009wintertripstuffedintent120 pixels: 12 people in sleeping bags in an eight person tent with piles of snow boots outside 2 in tent winter 2011: 2 people in sleeping bags on a thick air mattress in a tent 2004winterstillasleep 160 120 pxls:

group in tent winter 2013: a bunch of people sitting up in their sleeping bags in a tentthree in tent winter 2013 yosemite: three people in sleeping bags in a tent just waking up

2009 group asleep in tent 120 pixels: 2009 group asleep in tent with large stuffed bear Miguel Castaneda, Alex Mitchell and Balaram Fedchenko in tent winter 2010: Miguel Castaneda, Alex Mitchell and Balaram Fedchenko in tent first thing in the morning

For info on the logistics of where in the campsite to pitch your tent, dealing with iced car door locks, staying warm and comfy overnight, how bears reeeeeaaaally do break into cars and much more, go to: First-timer’s instructions .




advice about bears: Bears can smell food, even if it’s sealed in the trunk or glove com- partment, and they recognize boxes and bags as potential food sources. They can easily and quickly break into all kinds of vehicles!
This National Park Service photo shows a coyote going after a meal under the snow.

coyote: a National Park Service photo of a coyote diving into snow
There WILL BE coyotes and raccoons, possibly bears that woke up from hibernation, in the campground and cabin/hotel areas. We’ve seen coyotes every time of the day and night and heard them singing overnight. People on previous trips have made lots of mistakes about food storage and dealing with animals. PLUS When any De Anza club camps as a group we face this problem: Someone in a nearby campsite will expect the worst (noise, etc.) from an obviously college-age group. And they will be quick to complain about any rule infraction (some of which carry heavy fines). To go on our trip you must read A problem and its solution




! ! ! ! Tent walls are thin. You can wake up everybody in the vicinity ! ! ! ! when you want to get into your car and you use the keyless (remote) door opener and the car makes the usual loud beep. People don’t think to just use the key to open the door or don’t know that if you look in the owner’s manual you can find a way to disable the beep. On De Anza Outdoor Club trips you are required to either disable the beep or not use the remote (remove it from your key chain during the trip) or park at day use instead of at the campground.

Some vehicles have a beep activated whenever you open the trunk, that can’t be easily disabled. Every time the trunk is opened it beeps and it will wake up people on our trip and in neighboring campsites. If your vehicle has this function, either look in the owner’s manual for info on how to disable the beep or take it to the dealer and get it done, or do not park it at our campground. This advice and lots more is at: A problem and its solution


a narrow band of sunset reflected on the water

man silhouetted in foreground, Half Dome behind, photo courtesy of park service

There will be a last quarter moon on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, that won’t come up until 1:15 a.m. on Saturday.
With clear weather we might see the Milky Way.
Venus and Jupiter should have good visibility if the sky is not cloudy.

Sunrise Feb. 2 will be 7:03 a.m., sunset 5:24 p.m. (and within a minute or so each day around then)
Civil twilight (when the sky starts getting light before sunrise) will start at 6:36 a.m.

You will likely be cooking dinner in the dark and might finish a hike in the dark.

a narrow band of sunset clouds


What will the weather be like? We could have 1 1/2 foot deep snow in Yosemite Valley or very-early-spring type weather with only a little snow on the ground leftover from a storm weeks before.

For some people, this trip is the first time they have seen snow fall,

including one woman in the photo below with giant snowflakes falling:

people on trail with huge snowflakes falling

It might snow or rain while we are there, or the sky could be clear of clouds and at night we can see the stars of the Milky Way.
It might rain during the day and when it gets colder at night the rain could turn into snow falling.

It could rain at the lower elevation of Yosemite Valley (4,000 feet) and at the same time, it could be snowing at a higher elevation going up the trail to the top of Yosemite Falls (6,500 feet) and at the ski resort (7,200 feet). (For a comparison, De Anza College is at only 300 feet elevation.)

Often when there is a National Weather Service winter storm warning for the California mountains it will list many places that will have snow and say: “Yosemite National Park outside of the valley,” because Yosemite valley is at lower elevation and can expect less snow than most other parts of the mountains. Highways I 80 and 50 (Tahoe-ish) are much, much more likely to close than the ones into Yosemite Valley. 120 into Yosemite will have more snow than 140.) 140 is the usual – and recommended – route most people on our trips take.

We could have to deal with the Mono winds. You might encounter hazards on trails. (The ski resort sometimes closes in advance of when mega-snow-storm is expected.) To go on this trip you must read: Snow camp weather, hike safety and first aid considerations

If we have clear weather, with hardly any moon out, or nighttime after the moon sets/before it rises we could have great stargazing.

(People on the Outdoor Club August adventure to Grand Teton National Park have had much more stargazing success, including seeing meteor showers. Details about the yearly trip start here.)



Details are below
of what there is to do on this trip.

On Saturday, some people on this trip will take the free bus to the ski resort to snowboard, ski or snowshoe. (In 2014 the weather brought the skiers fresh powder that morning.) They offer (fee) snowboard or ski (downhill or cross-country) lessons/rentals at the resort and a (free) Ranger-Naturalist guided snowshoe walk (early 2023 scheduled for 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, then switched to 10 a.m. – noon. Check the Yosemite Guide for details). (The ski resort sometimes closes in advance of when a big storm is expected.)

Most years, depending on snow pack on the trails, usually more people will do a major hike, like the one to the top of or the base of upper Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. (There’s a free bus to the trailhead, but people not staying at the Lodge (where they can walk to the trailhead) might want to carpool and plan to park at the free Lodge day use parking lot so it will not matter how late they get back from the hike.)

Others will do a few short hikes / walks or a Ranger nature or history walk, photo walk you design for yourself or go ice skating. (Free bus to those places, too.) Some will try to fit in working on a term paper on a laptop, but most of that homework is usually done in the evening.

Again, the REQUIRED 7 a.m. Saturday meeting may be the time most people finally decide what they are doing on Saturday.

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Yosemite Falls Hike

Below is a Park Service photo of upper Yosemite Falls with the winter snow cone at its base. The potential Saturday hike, if the trail is clear enough, can get us quite close for photos.

nps ice cone Yosemite Falls:

The hike part way, to an overlook at Columbia Rock, is 2 miles round trip with a 1,000 foot elevation gain and is often quite clear of snow. The hike to the top is 7.2 miles round trip with a 2,700 foot elevation gain. You can hike any distance you choose, as long as you stay with a group.

The section of the upper Yosemite Falls trail near the top, as shown below, has a lot of snow some years, which is part of the reason we expect people to hike in groups of four or more if they go above the valley floor. That way if someone gets into trouble, there is someone to stay with them while two others go back for help. The Park Service has reported about other people who went off trail on the Yosemite falls hike, went to an unsafe area and died. Did you read Snow camp weather, hike safety and first aid considerations ?

More pictures, maps and photo maps of this hike are at Upper Yosemite Fall hike .

snowcoveredtrail 180 pxls: rainbow and hikers upper Yosemite Fall.: 2006groupandallofupperYosem180pixels:
Many people who take the trail to the top of upper Yosemite Fall
do not realize there is a trail with a railing out across the cliff face at the top.
(Check out the people in almost the center of the photo below):

cliff and waterfall

The world’s 10 tallest waterfalls
Angel Falls, Venezuela 3,212 ft.
Tugela Falls, South Africa 2,800 ft.
Utigordsfossen, Norway 2626 ft.
Mongelfossen, Norway 2540 ft.
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite 2425 ft.
Espelandfoss, Norway 2307 ft.
Sentinel Fall, Yosemite 2,000 ft.
Cuquenan Falls, Venezuela 2000 ft.
Sutherland Falls, New Zealand 1,904 ft.
Kjellfossen, Norway 1,841 ft.

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Ski, Snowboard

There are nearly 350 miles of cross-country skiable trails and roads in Yosemite including 25 miles of machine groomed track and 90 miles of marked trails (no fee) that begin at the Yosemite Ski and Snow area (Badger Pass). Very near Badger Pass there are some relatively short trails to scenic points and some nearly level machine groomed track for beginners. The road to Glacier Point is groomed for cross country skiing in the winter.

Composting toilets are usually open for use at Summit Meadow, #21 Bridalveil Creek Ski Trail, Sentinel Dome Parking, and Glacier Point.

The mileages from Yosemite Ski and Snow area (Badger Pass) are:

Summit Meadow, 1 mi. (There is almost always an operational outhouse there.)

Bridalveil Campground, 2.8 mi.

Bridalveil Creek, 3.3 mi.

Ostrander Trailhead, 4.1-4.5 mi.

Clark Range View, 5.7 mi.

Sentinel Dome, 9.2 mi.

Glacier Point, 10.5 mi.

glacierpoint-winter NPS photo: cross-country skier and snow in foreground, peaks, including Half Dome, in backgroundOnly very experienced skiers should attempt the route to Glacier Point.

Signed winter trails (no fee) are also available at Crane Flat, in the backcountry and among the Giant Sequoias of the Mariposa Grove.

Brochures (including maps) of cross country ski and snowshoe winter trails are available as PDF files: (200-500 kb in size).

Badger Pass and along the Glacier Point Road

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Crane Flat area

If snow is late in coming to the park, the Nordic Center sometimes opens for cross-country and snowshoe rentals before the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (Badger Pass) for downhill, snowboarding and tubing. Some days there has been too much snow and the resort closes for a few days
(mid-January 2017, for example, or in late December 2021).

girl on a snowboard sitting in the snowLinks to Yosemite Ski and Snow area (Badger Pass) downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing start at:


The two terrain parks have boxes, rails, rollers and big-air jumps.

ski lift and snow courtesy of NPS


In January 2024 (and many years previously) the Travel Yosemite webpage said:
“We salute our heroes! Special discount for military, emergency medical services (EMS), police and firefighters to say thank you for your service.

Badger Pass Ski Area is proud to extend the following offers to military and first responders and their families. Present your ID or documentation at the Badger Pass Ski Area Activities Desk to receive this offer.
Offer Details

Military & first responder deal – must show valid active ID. Benefits include lifts/rentals only.

Offer is valid for active military, veterans and retirees.”

This offer was online at:

and click on Military and First Responders.

(There have previously been Blackout Dates, but usually not during our trip.)

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ski lift

lift ticket ( half day / all day) and equipment rentals, lessons prices are at:

cross-country ski info:

On the 2023 trip some people rode the free bus to the ski resort, rented cross-country ski gear and had a do-it-yourselves lesson on the free-for-everybody-to-use groomed X-country ski trail:

2 photos of cross-country skiers
A map you can enlarge of cross county ski trails / showshoe paths / skate ski lanes at Badger Pass (Yosemite Ski and Snowboard area) is at:×1821.jpg

The route up closed-to-vehicles-in-the-winter Glacier Point Road, with the the free-for-everybody-to-use groomed X-country ski trail, (the Nordic ski Route shown in the left hand side picture above) from Badger Pass (Yosemite Ski and Snowboard area) to Summit Meadow (with a usually operable outhouse) is 1 mile (1.6 km). It has an “easiest” rating on the Ski Trail Difficulty scale, with the note “trail ratings are based upon ideal snow conditions and may change radically due to changes in weather and snow conditions.”

And the park says: “Nordic ski routes are intended for ski or snowshoe travel only. Snowshoers, please stay single file along the edge of the road or trail to minimize your impact.

Never walk or hike on the ski trails as post hole damage (however shallow) is long lasting and presents real hazards to yourself and all other winter recreators. Only bears still walking around in the winter are excused from this expectation.”

At×1821.jpg  you will also find this on the
etiquette of using groomed cross-country ski tracks (the two sets of parallel lines close together):

set of three ski or snowshoe tracks
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Badger Pass webcam.

Call 1 (209) 372-1000 for ski conditions.

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sign sliding devices prohibited: a sign that says all sliding devices prohibited at Badger Pass

If you want to rent downhill or snowboard gear you might want to rent it at the Yosemite resort. If you rent gear at home before the trip it could be a waste of money if a storm closes the road to the resort, shuts down power to the ski lifts, closes the resort completely

or you decide that the all day hike that day would be more fun.

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Snowshoe walk with a Ranger

As of when we started signups for the 2024 trip the Ranger snowshoe walk was not being scheduled due to lack of snow. Early January it started snowing, even in Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass was “estimated to open on 1/12/24.”


Conditions permitting, the rangers offer a free daily or a few times a week, snowshoe walk (moderate to strenuous) with a Ranger naturalist

which meets at the Yosemite Ski area (Badger Pass) Ranger office A-frame:

steep roofed building in the snow

In 2022 reservations for the snowshoe walk were required. But as of the January 2023 Yosemite Guide said reservations are no longer required. (You guessed it, this could change with little notice.)

beginning January 11, 2023

Snowshoe Walk: Explore the Forest in winter (conditions permitting)
Space is limited, based on snowshoe availability.
Meet at Badger Pass Ranger Station for a naturalist led tour of winter landscape. Snowshoes provided. Bring warm clothing.
Expect a moderately-strenuous experience. Not recommended for children under 10 years old

Adult sized snowshoes provided, no experience necessary. (Early 2023 scheduled for 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, then switched to 10 a.m. – noon. Check the Yosemite Guide for details.)

The walk is 2 miles with roughly 500 feet elevation gain.

Note that if any Ranger-led snowshoe walk is cancelled
(example: snow storm left too much snow on the roads)
there will likely be no way for you to be notified.

If a mask is required – the mask will keep your nose warmer.

(Please don’t confuse this with the snowshoe walks/hikes sometimes offered by the Yosemite concessionaire, at a higher price, with signups and payment in advance required.)

The ranger will describe the subniveal space between the surface of the ground and the snow, and the creatures (mice, voles and shrews) that live and travel there all winter.

(Read info about how animals get through the winter at:, which has raccoon and deer prints in the snow.)

(Photos below by Monica Colmenares and Richard Neimrec.)

snowshoes copyright Monica Colmenares: snowshoe walk 2008 photot by Richard Neimrec: ranger talking about weasels in winter copyright Monica Colmenares:

Sometimes the walk ends with an optional snowshoe run:

snowshoe run one copyright Monica Colmenares: snowshoe run two copyright Monica Colmenares: snowshoe run three copyright Monica Colmenares:

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Free bus to skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing

Road and weather conditions permitting, the free bus to the ski resort for the snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding leaves Curry Village (two blocks from the campground) at
(most years – note that some years, or parts of some winters, there is only one pickup time, not two)
8:05 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. and makes stops at various hotels: Yosemite Village 8:10 and 10:40, (not every year-Ahwahnee 8:15 and 10:45), Yosemite Lodge 8:30 and 11) arrives at Badger Pass approx. 9:30 and 12:05 and returns from the ski resort at 2 and 4:30 p.m. arriving at Curry Village (again about two blocks from the campground) approx. at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Confirm the return times when you get to the ski resort.

Allow at least one hour from the last pickup stop to get to Badger Pass; one hour for the return to Curry Village.

Look for the Shuttle link at: or

Please note that the schedule can change during the season (weekends only versus everyday / locations of stops / time of pickups),
and I might not know, so you should verify when you get there.

In 2024 they added a note “Only one shuttle bus will be available each run with a maximum capacity for 45 people.”

Here, a line of (15!) people one morning in February 2023 wanting to get on the bus at the stop at Yosemite Lodge who were turned away because the bus was full. (The Outdoor Club people that year were early in line to get on the bus.) Notice, at the lower left, the doors open to the big storage section for your skis, snowboard and other bulky items.

bus with a line of people

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waterfall with rainbow in mist

In Yosemite Valley


If the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Yosemite Theater, Yosemite Museum and /or Exploration Center need to be closed; an outdoor visitor contact station staffed by park rangers is available at the Exploration Center or Visitor Center (or sometimes in front of it – look for signage).

OR you can shop online (the Yosemite Conservancy) and “your purchases help fund important work in Yosemite, to repair trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife and much more”.

The park newspaper which you will be offered a copy of as you pay at an entrance station to enter the park, or you can read, download or print in advance, has all the current hours of operation, activities and is updated as needed.


A free shuttle bus (a different one than the ski/snowshoe walk bus) goes to stops at stores, restaurants, visitor center, trailheads in the valley in the winter (early 2024) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (but check the timetable at each stop) at 20 to maybe 30 minute intervals. The route, stops and how to find the stores, restaurants, etc. are at: Yosemite Valley free shuttle bus

From shuttle bus stop number six, you can take a short walk along a loop to the base of Yosemite Falls, with this view from the far left portion of the loop

upper, middle and lower Yosemite falls from along a pathway

You can set up a photo of getting a drink from the lower fall:

leaning head back to pretend to be drinking from a waterfall in background

Read more about this walk, and find a map at:

How to find the location of John Muir’s cabin (hang nest) in Yosemite Valley

Walk through the reconstructed Indian Village of Ahwahnee and learn about the structures the Ahwahneechee lived in and the plants they used for survival. View the interactive displays and see the ceremonial roundhouse, bark houses, and sweathouse members of the local tribes still actively use.
Located behind the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Village.

At stop 5 the Exploration Center and bookstore are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two films play every half hour in the theater behind the main building. (early 2020 – Mon.- Sat. 9:30 a.m. to (last film) 4:30 p.m. (Sunday first showing at noon). Yosemite – a Gathering of Spirit by Ken Burns shows on the hour and The Spirit of Yosemite a great visitor orientation film with some swooping aerial views along with history and scenes from all seasons and all parts of the park, shows on the half hour. Free.

The Yosemite Museum, next to the main valley visitor center is usually open (early 2020) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., may close for lunch.

The Ansel Adams gallery has photo walks with a professional photographer, weather permitting, at various times/ days of the week. Used to be free, but as of 2022, 2023, 2024 they are only offering lessons for a fee. Sign up in advance at the gallery. Check with them for the current details. 1 209 372-4413.

see also: Yosemite winter photos

There are more than 12 miles of surfaced bike paths on the valley floor and the weather is sometimes good enough to ride or rollerblade. (2016 had most of the bike trails safe to ride on, some icy. 2024 had lots of snow everywhere) A map of bike paths is at:

When we get early spring weather instead of snowy winter, the bike rental stands are sometimes open. Look for the rental info (and a map) at Yosemite Lodge at free shuttle bus stop number 7.

Listen to the snow fall, listen to coyotes sing, make snow angels

making snow angels:

Yosemite Today / Yosemite Guide newspaper has lots of safety info, a calendar of park activities including Ranger walks, and hours of operation for visitor centers and museums.


The Yosemite Guide newspaper has hours of operation for tours, stores (early 2024 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), food service (winter 2024 from 6:30  a.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. or 8 or at one place even 9 p.m.) (During our trip, other hours parts of the rest of the winter: Curry Village, a moderate walk from Upper Pines Campground, very near the shower house, Coffee Corner 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.,  Seven Tents Pavilion 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., laundromat ( 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  at Housekeeping Camp), showers (24 hours at Curry Village, closed for cleaning sometimes), post office, auto service, gas stations (no gas stations in Yosemite valley, fill up before you come into the park, or drive 30 minutes to Crane Flat and hope the self-service pumps are in order) and more.


What if it storms so much they close the road to the ski resort?
We won’t be able to ski, go on the ranger snowshoe walk
or take one of the long hikes.

Will there be anything to do except hide in the car,
play cards at the laundromat
or go online at wherever they have it
(usually for a fee and not always operable)?

The answers are at:
Things to do during a Yosemite snow storm besides hiding in your tent



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Evenings are spent


at a restaurant

and / or

winter 2024, during our trip, Fri, Sat, Sun, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Yosemite Naturalists present various Yosemite topics at the Yosemite Valley Lodge Cliff Room. The Cliff Room is located next to the Mountain Room Lounge.



Ice skating

Pay to ice skate / rent skates at the kiosk in front of the Curry Village main office.

(1 (209) 372-8341 ) Usually more (and earlier) sessions on Saturday, Sunday and holidays than on weekdays. Some winters only open on Friday/ Saturday. Look for the schedule in the Yosemite newspaper. (Free helmet upon request.) Could close during and after rain.


We usually have trip members who know how to ice skate and can teach others in the group:

6 adults ice skating

2 women ice skating

photo below by who?

ice skaters from Sud's photo page: ice skater Yosemite rink:

When none of the group gets a campsite, or all of the people camping are elsewhere in the evening, you can still roast marshmallows at the huge fire with lots of seating next to the ice rink:

two marshmallows on sticks at fire


stars, including part of the Milky Way

If it is not cloudy we can see a lot more stars than at home.

Evenings in the campground
are spent playing guitar and gossiping around the campfire, working on a term paper, playing charades and board games, (if there is enough snow, trying to finish an igloo that really only became a snow wall).

(first four photos below by Colin Underwood.)

snow camp fire 2005 by Colin Underwood: Michael & computer at campfire by Colin Underwood: cooking by colin underwood: Joel playing guitar by Colin Underwood:

campfire songs winter 2010 210 pixels: nighttime shot of at least a foot of snow on the ground, a blazing campfire, guitarist seated at picnic table with other campers looking at songbooks and singing Jonathan Mai studies while camping 210 pixels: sitting at a picnic table reading by lantern light guitar 2004 winter:

charades 2004 winter: board game 2004 winter: 2010 building igloo at night: photo taken at night as campers build a round wall of snow five feet high, not quite finishing an igloo. Photo by Alan Ahlstrand

snow camp dinner 2014 210 pixels unknown photographer: 5 people around a picnic table under a dining canopy around the evening campfire winter Yosemite 2013: people sitting around the evening campfire winter Yosemite 2013


This girl was caught studying in the restroom at 5 a.m. on one of our Yosemite winter trips. Why in the restroom? Because it’s heated in the winter and you can save on flashlight (electric torch) batteries. At 5 a.m. it’s quiet except for the coyotes she heard howling in the distance. Lots of people study on our trips, bringing homework, projects and even laptops. Some study in cars on the way to and from the trip. This might not be as effective as studying at home, but you’ve got to get away and have fun sometime!

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simple map

Getting to Yosemite:

   The college does not provide transportation.

The Outdoor Club can’t arrange rides, (students arrange carpools among themselves),

People going on our Yosemite road trip have various routes to chose from, to take to get to Yosemite.

Driving directions has

one set of directions for people going to Yosemite valley from San Jose, Cupertino, Campbell, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, etc. including routes 140 and 120 (and a few notes about 99/145/41).

A second set of directions covers the 580/205/120 route for people driving to Yosemite from Fremont, Oakland, Hayward, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Union City, Livermore, Newark, San Ramon, Castro Valley, etc.)

There are pictures of what you will see along the way. Please take look at (and we advise you print a copy of) snow camp carpools and driving directions, so you can find the campground and hotels and miss out on the $280 fine you might not be aware of.

road sign right lane bus only


group at scenic over look

The driving directions webpage has a suggested side tour/stop at Tunnel View on your way into Yosemite Valley that can be quite worthwhile, especially if you are coming into the park in daylight.

and also see:

Parking and traffic jams in Yosemite valley tips and tricks

Prepare for winter driving has a link to bad weather driving tips, tips for using tire chains, tricks for dealing with frozen car locks, how to prepare your vehicle for winter driving, how to de-fog the windows, a winter survival kit for your car and what to do if you get stranded. Don’t have tire cables or chains? Yosemite requires them in the winter. Try: Snow chain rentals

People on a budget often put up with not-essential-for-safe-driving problems with their cars.
But deferred repairs and maintenance can spoil a road trip.
The road trip vehicle prep and recommended service webpage includes things people can do without paying a mechanic.

Safe driving in rain and fog

Road trip advice and etiquette from club road trip experts, could make the drive more fun.

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How can I sign up for this trip?

The Outdoor Club has a good reputation with Risk Management and they let us do adventurous trips like this one as a result. The club wants to keep that reputation and wants the trip to be safe and fun. You will need to read most of the links from this page about safety, Yosemite rules and take a written test before you can sign up for the trip. The first people to sign up in 2022 & 2023 & 2024 got perfect or almost perfect scores on the test. Sample test questions and a few of the answers are at: Snow camp pre-test sample questions

We got tired of people who brought useless rain gear on previous trips.
We had to dress them in plastic leaf bags:

rain gear: models show real rain jackets and plastic garbage bag gear
So you will need to show us your waterproof rain gear (rain pants and hooded rain jacket) when you sign up for this trip. We will not accept a rain poncho. We will not accept thin, easily torn temporary rain gear like they sell at airports for emergencies.

Go to: Snow or rain camp must-haves for details and ideas for people on a budget.

People who intend to camp instead of getting a hotel room / tent cabin in Yosemite really should bring the tent they want to use and pitch it for club experts to look at.

and you will need to pay for the trip when you sign up. Details about how to pay are here.

You must sign up in person.
How/when/where to find us to sign up is at:

how to sign up for the 2024 Yosemite winter weekend trip

For the answer to the question:

How do I convince my parent(s)/guardian that I can go on this trip? or How do I convince them to pay for some gear for the trip?
Go to: Snow camp FAQs

When camping or sharing tent cabins with a large group of people, some complain there is not enough room in their shared bear box for all their food.

Tuolumne food storage locker:

More things could fit in the bear-proof storage lockers if everyone brought smaller containers of food, etc.

NO!→ toiletries for bear box.jpg: ← Yes!!

and if everyone brought their gear in small, deep plastic trash cans or other plastic boxes close to, but no more than, 17 inches tall. A typical bedroom waste receptacle could be 9″ by 12″ by 17″ deep and hold quite a few cans of food, cooking items and toiletry bags. If you’ve never shared bear boxes with a big group, read

Using a campsite food storage locker

In the NPS photo of flooded Sentinel Meadow taken May 16, 2005, you can just make out the sunken edge of the boardwalk across the meadow between the two posts on the fence and can just see Yosemite Falls thru the low clouds in the background. Next to it is the same place in June, 2005 and again in February 2008

flooded Sentinel meadow Yosemite May 16 2005 NPS photo: meadow Yosemite falls June 2005: Yosemite Falls and snowy meadow feb 4 2008:

see: Yosemite Falls view in February snow and other seasons

Yosemite webcams brought to you by the Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit park support group:

For a laugh, and to help insure you won’t become an entry on the page, read Camping Blunders

There’s easy camping info at: Have more fun camping

The entire text of The Yosemite by John Muir is at:

Favorite chapters for winter trip reading include:

Winter Storms and Spring Floods


Snow Banners

coyote howling NPS photo: a coyote stands in the snow with his head and neck raised

Yosemite Valley is an attempt to show the dramatic scale of the depth and width of the valley through pictures of Yosemite Falls.

How much water will there be in the Yosemite waterfalls?

Yosemite nature podcasts:

episode #5 is snow, #2 is Yosemite Falls

#19 is night skies

#28 is ski Yosemite

#9 is frazil ice

and see Winter Moments


photos below by Quang-Tuan Luong/
, all rights reserved.

Quang-Tuan Luong winter sunset Half Dome: photo by Quang-Tuan Luong winter Yosemite sunset with Half Dome in pink light Quang-Tuan Luong winter sunset Yosemite Valley: photo by Quang-Tuan Luong winter sunset Yosemite Valley with some of the peaks in bright light

Yosemite nature and photography links has links to photo tips, geology, birding and wildflowers (well, okay, no wildflowers in the winter, but…) info.

Answers to most questions about how the De Anza Outdoor club works are at: Outdoor Club Basic Info

The main rules common to most of our trips, including who is eligible to go, are at: Outdoor Club trip rules.




(Links to all Outdoor Club Coming Attractions are here.)




two photos below by Quang-Tuan Luong/
, all rights reserved.

Valley View (seen on the way out of Yosemite Valley) panorama spring and winter:

terragalleria valley view panorama spring: terragalleria yosemite valley winter:


The new friends in these group photos

at the end of previous winter Yosemite trips

were mostly strangers when the trip started.

people sitting on balcony with Yosemite Falls behind

group of people at the Ahwahnee dining room
snow camp brunch group photo 2015 210 pixels: people after the Ahwahnee brunch snowcampgroupphoto one 120 pxl: snow group what year: snow camp 2009 group 120 pixels: snow camp 2009 group photo by campfire

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hikers in waterproof rain jackets and pants

group photo 2014 Yosemite winter trip: 30 people in rain gear sitting or standing on a picnic table in a Yosemite campsite hikers pose with bear warning sign: hikers pose with bear warning sign shwoing a bear breaking inot a car that says Warning, this could happen to your vehicle 2011 winter group photo at campsite 120 pixels: group photo at snowy campsite at brunch 2011 winter trip 120 pixels: group at table in Ahwahnee hotel dining room

snowcamp group dark morning unknown year: groupphotowinter2004 120 pxl: group photo 2012 snow camp: people standing in rows in the snow with their backs turned to the camera

yosemite winter 2007 group at brunch: brunch 2012 120 pixels: people sitting and standing for a group photo group photo brunch 2014 120 pixels: people standing behind and sitting at a dining table at the Ahwahnee hotel, Feb. 2014

group of people in a campground in Yosemite in the snow
group photo in the Ahwahnee dining roomgroup photo in snowy campground 2017 Yosemite trip with a hot tub

12 people in front of a railing on a big granite slab

16 people lined up in a dining room

2005 February 2005 Yosemite camping

2006 De Anza College Outdoor Club Yosemite winter trip 2006

2008 Oops, no group photo: De Anza Outdoor Club Yosemite snow camp 2008

2009 De Anza winter Yosemite trip 2009

2010 De Anza Outdoor Club Yosemite winter trip 2010

2011: De Anza College Outdoor Club winter Yosemite trip 2011

2014: 2014 Yosemite winter trip

2015: Yosemite winter camping trip 2015

2016: Yosemite winter camping trip 2016

2017 photos, with the hot tub in the snow at the campsite, are at snow camp 2017

2018: Yosemite winter trip 2018

2019: Yosemite winter trip 2019

2020: Yosemite winter trip 2020

2022: Yosemite winter trip 2022

2023 photos are here and there at this webpage (including logistics of clearing snow off a picnic table)

2024 Yosemite winter trip 2024

Below, a NPS photo of Half Dome cloaked in snow on Jan. 5, 2005, and a picture taken near our campground at sunset by Mike Rivers and another with alpenglow January 2011:

NPS half dome snow Jan 5 2005 120 pxls: Half Dome winter sunset Mike Rivers 60 pxls:
Half Dome from near campsite winter 2011 60 pixels: Half Dome, alpenglow and low clouds