The High Sierra is a land of contrasts. Striking any time of year you visit, winter’s blanket of snow transforms the region into a magical winter wonderland. Don’t just hibernate this winter, grumbling about the weather. Instead, here’s 4 reasons you need to visit the High Sierra in the winter.
Snow… LOTS OF IT
Being the first mountain range on the continent, from around Late November through March, huge storms roll in from the Pacific and dump FEET of snow across the peaks. This transforms the upper elevations into a winter wonderland. And for those that like to play in the snow but not BE in it, you can stay in one of the many cozy towns like Arnold or Oakhurst which are just below the snow line.
Bluest Blue Skies
We know what you’re thinking. All that snow must mean cloudy winter days. Nope! On average, the snow only falls on 50 days a year. This translates to three days of fair weather for every day of fresh powder. Storm activity usually lasts for a few days or up to a week, but once it clears, expect lots of sun. In fact, over 300+ days annually. Also, due to the lower temperatures in winter, there’s less water vapor in the air, creating the bluest skies you’ve ever seen. Perfect to capture photos of places like Emerald Bay or Half Dome.
For all the comforts of home and the majesty of Yosemite National Park, season after season consider The Redwoods In Yosemite. Located in the quaint town of Wawona 4 miles INSIDE the southern entrance of Yosemite you’ll have the feel of small town but the energy of being within the park’s boundaries.