Yosemite Winter Club is one of the pioneer winter sports organizations in the United States. Since 1928, the Yosemite Winter Club’s mission has been to develop organized winter sports in Yosemite, to foster love for winter activities, to promote amateur competition, and to improve Yosemite’s winter sports facilities. As we conclude our 88th year as an active club, we continue to offer an unsurpassed celebration of winter sports in Yosemite.
Listen, can you hear the snowflakes falling from the sky? The crisp sound of skis speeding down the hill? Imagine skiing in a solitary backcountry environment breaking trail, the tossing of snowballs, building snowmen, being in ice skating bliss.... Reconnecting with old friends, making new ones. These are a few things that allure and entice for the coming winter. Winter in Yosemite has long been a relished time of the year with snow lovers of all ages donning snow gear to play and revel in the beautiful powder. When the Yosemite Winter Club was first organized in 1928, skiers merely thought they were gathering like-minded comrades to support each other in getting outside. Little did they know that nearly a century later, individuals and families would still be joining the membership to ski, skate, play hockey, watch kiddos race the slalom course during the Silver Ski Race, unite in stories and roast marshmallows while awaiting the Zamboni to smooth the ice rink once more. Little did they know that ski scholarships, awarding medals, high fives while riding the chair back to the top of Eagle, snowshoe voyages, Snow Ball dancing, and finally figuring out how to make a left turn on downhill skis would continue all these years later. Could they have foreseen the stories told around Ostrander Ski Hut with glasses held high ringing in the New Year after making epic turns from Horse Ridge? Did they realize the wonderment skiers would have in turning the final corner to enjoy a Half Dome view all to themselves just before arriving at Glacier Point? Imagine if they had known the feelings a mother and father would experience in watching their child ski their first glide on cross country skis. The feeling of watching their child fall and then stand back up with a mouthful of snow and a grin on their face from ear to ear. Now imagine years from now the exhilaration others will have as they too sign up for the Yosemite Winter Club in the hopes of following in your ski tracks. May the founders of this great club be jubilant with their foresight in starting something so remarkable and may you be jubilant as you anticipate the adventures awaiting with this year's first snowfall....
Ski you on the Snow
Yosemite Winter Club History
HOW DID THE WINTER CLUB GET STARTED?“In the fall of 1928, Donald Tresidder, president of the Curry Company [the primary concessioner in Yosemite National Park] formed the Yosemite Winter Club to ‘encourage and develop all forms of winter sports and to advertise and exploit the great advantages, beauties and healthy benefits of winter in the California Sierra to all lovers of outdoor life.’
In its eighty year span to the present day, the club has played a leading role in the evolution of winter sports in California.” (Magic Yosemite Winters by Gene Rose; 1999:21).During the first five years of the Club’s formation, Badger Pass Ski resort opened and tobogganing and ice-skating took off in Curry Village.
Backcountry skiing was encouraged when the Tressiders had the Snow Creek Cabin constructed near the north rim of Yosemite Valley. By 1941, a second ski hut was built at Ostrander Lake. Both Snow Creek and Ostrander remain popular overnight, backcountry destinations, while ice-skating at Curry Village, and skiing at Badger Pass remain popular front-country destinations.
Today, the Yosemite Winter Club is comprised of hundreds of members who share enjoyment of winter sports in Yosemite. The Winter Club remains tightly linked with the National Park Service and Yosemite’s primary concessioner: Aramark.
The purposes of this club are to foster regional amateur and recreational Nordic and Alpine snow skiing, snowboarding, skating competitions and events, while supporting and developing amateur athletes and recreational winter sport enthusiasts for such competitions and events.