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Ostrander Ski Hut | Yosemite Conservancy

Ostrander Ski Hut | Yosemite Conservancy | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Ostrander Ski Hut will be open Friday, December 23, 2016 to Sunday, April 2, 2017 If your idea of the perfect winter retreat is to leave crowds and resorts behind and head into beautiful and isolated backcountry, retiring to a rustic ski hut at the end of the day, then Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service welcome you to Ostrander Ski Hut. Historic Ostrander Ski Hut Nestled on the edge of a glacial cirque, beside stunning, crystal-clear Ostrander Lake (elevation 8,500 feet), Ostrander Ski Hut is a beacon for weary skiers intrepid enough to make the 10-mile trek from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. This historic building is a charming two-story stone structure beautifully crafted in 1941. Learn about preserving this historic landmark. Skiing Ostrander Hut attracts backcountry skiers and snowboarders looking to ski the steep slopes in the cirque above Ostrander Lake.  Along the way, enjoy stunning views, including Half Dome, the Clark Range and the northern part of the park, including Hoffmann, Dana and Conness peaks. The ski hut is approximately 10 miles from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, and all routes require considerable stamina and cross-country skiing experience. It is not recommended for novice skiers. The hut is typically open from mid-December through end of March. See Facilities & Reservations for details.
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My camera of sunset just before reaching Ostrander.  Make your reservations for March NOW!  

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Mariposa Arts Council – Mariposa Storytelling Festival

Mariposa Arts Council – Mariposa Storytelling Festival | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
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Last Mariposa Storytelling Festival March 10. 11 and 12!  Make the time to come and enjoy.

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The Most Popular National Parks and When to Visit Them

The Most Popular National Parks and When to Visit Them | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
It's entirely possible I coordinate my summers around when and which national parks I can visit. I'm pretty sure I owe this moderate obsession with America's coolest outdoor spaces to the brainwashing I received as a child (thanks, Dad), but because today is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a little extra national park love is definitely in order. Whether you're a seasoned explorer or fairly new to the park scene, here is a list of National Parks to add to your bucket list, plus ideas for when, why and even how to visit them.
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Yosemite ghost town a time warp to 1800s

Yosemite ghost town a time warp to 1800s | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
There are few things more breathtaking than that first glimpse of the Yosemite Valley and the sheer majesty of El Capitan. But glorious as that is, it’s a mere subset of the national park’s 1,162 square miles, which hold acres of trails and rugged wilderness — and a Victorian blast to the past in Wawona.
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At the South Entrance if you come up that way!  

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Get in free to all California National Parks on Presidents Day

Get in free to all California National Parks on Presidents Day | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
No plans yet for Presidents Day? How about visiting one of California's many beautiful, historic national parks?
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Tomorrow!

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Yosemite’s Sunlit Waterfall Looks Like Glowing Lava

Yosemite’s Sunlit Waterfall Looks Like Glowing Lava | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
If conditions are right in mid-February, Yosemite’s Horsetail waterfall can gleam a brilliant orange—as if it were a “firefall.”
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"Firefall" phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite’s El Capitan

"Firefall" phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite’s El Capitan | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
When the sun hits Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park at just the right angle, the falls light up as if on fire
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Ask Me: Where to Backpack First Time in Yosemite

Ask Me: Where to Backpack First Time in Yosemite | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Advice on where to backpack on a first trip to Yosemite National Park.
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Inn-Escapable: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Inn-Escapable: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Heading for Yosemite? Here's the scoop on the eclectic Yosemite Bug, a hostel-meets-cabin-meets-rustic hotel hot spot in Midpines.
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Wooo Hooo!  We are still a secret in a lot of ways though!

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Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area | Yosemite National Park CA | TravelYosemite.com

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area | Yosemite National Park CA | TravelYosemite.com | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area has it all, and makes it easy—from getting here to renting equipment to taking lessons. Here you will learn about all the winter activities and how you can experience them.
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OPEN WINTER SPORTS

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Opens Saturday
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area will open on Saturday, January 14 for the season. The Nordic Center, offering snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals, guided snowshoe walks and cross-country ski lessons, will reopen on Friday, January 13, 2017. Snow Tubing and the Terrain Park will open at a later date. The Day Lodge, rentals and food service will all open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Lifts are open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is a courtesy shuttle offered daily to and from Yosemite Valley lodges and the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area that will start on Saturday

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Storms are making a dent in California's drought; 7 feet of snow expected in some areas

Storms are making a dent in California's drought; 7 feet of snow expected in some areas | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
A lull in a series of powerful winter storms gave Northern California a chance Monday to clean up from widespread flooding while also assessing how all that
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Yosemite Valley hits flood stage as Merced River rises; crest expected Monday morning

Yosemite Valley hits flood stage as Merced River rises; crest expected Monday morning | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Yosemite Valley got a reprieve from rain for a few hours Sunday, but not from rising waters as the Merced River continued to swell from Sierra storm runoff. The river rose to about 10 feet Sunday night and is expected to crest Monday morning.
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Yosemite Contractor Leaves — And Takes The Landmark's Names With It

Yosemite Contractor Leaves — And Takes The Landmark's Names With It | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Some of the most iconic names in Yosemite National Park have been taken down. It's the result of a trademark dispute between the park and its outgoing concessionaire.
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Snowshoeing Badger Pass to Dewey Point in Yosemite | California Through My Lens

Snowshoeing Badger Pass to Dewey Point in Yosemite | California Through My Lens | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Last winter I got the unique opportunity to visit one of my favorite places in the whole world, Yosemite, in the snow. It was a beautiful place and winter is an amazing way to take it in without the summer crowds. One of the adventures I was most excited about having was a snowshoeing trip but I wasn’t sure …
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We rent snowshoes and poles at the Bug.  The Nordic Center at Yosemite Ski Area rents XC Skis!

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Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul

Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
In latest skirmish of land wars, Congress supports mining and ranching.
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Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots?

Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Why does the ladybug have spots, and what do they tell us? Learn how a ladybug's spots help it survive.
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Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Read the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, Yosemite National Park hotel review on Telegraph Travel. See great photos, full ratings, facilities, expert advice and book the best hotel deals.
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We like good reviews.  This one I forgot to share.

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NOLS | Wilderness First Responder

NOLS | Wilderness First Responder | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
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Wilderness First Responder course Feb 28th to March 8th  we have about 6 spots left to email caroline@yosemitebug.com or call 866.826.7108 x2 to make a reservation for the class, or class & room and board package today!

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Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West

Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
CIRES head Waleed Abdalati answers our questions, the first in an occasional series.
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BUG EVENTS THIS WINTER

BUG EVENTS THIS WINTER | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
This winter we have quite a lot of rain that we need, however, there are great winter sports at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Yosemite Nordic Center with lots of snow.  An exciting season indeed! Valentine's Day Specialty Dinner with Music,  IrishFest Music,  Wilderness First Responder and it's WFR Recertification course are highlighted this…
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Valentine's events, IrishFest, Wilderness Medicine Institute and more from now through March!

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When birds go roaming: The mystery of avian irruptions

When birds go roaming: The mystery of avian irruptions | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
During bird irruptions, hundreds or thousands of a single species show up outside their normal territory. Most of what we know about irruptions comes from data collected by citizen scientists.
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Events & Calendar | Yosemite Conservancy

Events & Calendar | Yosemite Conservancy | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Yosemite Conservancy offers fun things to do in Yosemite, all year. Explore the park with our experts on guided hikes, backpacking trips, photography workshops or bird-watching tours. Join us in Yosemite Valley for art workshops and lively theater programs. Whatever your passion, find your adventure with us! Your memories will last a lifetime, and program proceeds will be used to fund trail repair and access, habitat restoration, wildlife protection and more. Learn more about how your participation in these programs benefits Yosemite National Park. Enter your travel dates to search the calendar for Yosemite Conservancy events and programs.
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we always recommend YC's events and outings.  book yours for the year now!

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Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area | Yosemite National Park CA | TravelYosemite.com

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area | Yosemite National Park CA | TravelYosemite.com | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area has it all, and makes it easy—from getting here to renting equipment to taking lessons. Here you will learn about all the winter activities and how you can experience them.
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Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Opens Saturday
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area will open on Saturday, January 14 for the season. The Nordic Center, offering snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals, guided snowshoe walks and cross-country ski lessons, will reopen on Friday, January 13, 2017. Snow Tubing and the Terrain Park will open at a later date. The Day Lodge, rentals and food service will all open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Lifts are open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is a courtesy shuttle offered daily to and from Yosemite Valley lodges and the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area that will start on Saturday

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Pot’s legal in California. So why are people still getting busted in Yosemite?

Pot’s legal in California. So why are people still getting busted in Yosemite? | Authentic Yosemite | Scoop.it
The federal government says it’s not easing up on enforcing marijuana prohibitions on California’s federal lands, including national parks, monuments and recreation areas.
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