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Blog Winter Wonders at Bass Lake: Your Ultimate Yosemite Getaway
Brooke | 11/06/2023Outdoor Activities, Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Seasons, Stay with Us, Vacation Homes & Cabins, Winter Fun |   

Embark on a Magical Winter Adventure at Bass Lake in the Yosemite Area

Aerial view of the snow covered lake shore with a beautiful sunset in the background.

Discover the enchantment of winter at Bass Lake, a mesmerizing getaway that captivates visitors of all ages. Imagine a landscape blanketed in pristine snow, offering various activities for a memorable escape. Each year, Bass Lake transforms into a winter paradise, presenting the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Smiling man in helmet sits on all-terrain vehicle with snow track tires. Mountainous terrain with snow on the ground and sunny, blue sky.

As you explore Beasore Road, you're greeted by a breathtaking winter wonderland. This scenic route offers a variety of delightful winter activities. Whether you're looking to build snowmen, sledding down gentle slopes, or seeking more thrilling 4x4 adventures, this destination has it all.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Yosemite Adventure Co. is your go-to. Choose from renting a Jeep or UTV for an exhilarating self-guided tour through the majestic Sierras, or opt for a guided tour for an unforgettable experience. Remember, safety comes first, so be well-prepared for your snowy adventure.

Woman figure skating on artificial ice, with snow covered trees and hillside in the background.

As part of your winter escapade at Bass Lake, don't miss the extraordinary experience of the Glice Skating Rink at The Pines Resort. This eco-friendly, synthetic ice rink offers a unique twist to traditional ice skating, ensuring fun for all ages without the need for cold temperatures. 

Designed for both beginners and seasoned skaters. It's a fantastic way to spend time with family, and boogie to skating rink music while gliding and enjoying the serene lakeside fresh air. Skating here becomes more than just an activity; it's an experience that embodies the joy and beauty of winter at Bass Lake.

Smiling waving children and families gather on a holiday float with Mrs. Clause at the head of the float.

The holiday season at Bass Lake is truly a time of joy and celebration, marked by a series of festive events that have been a tradition for over 30 years. After the delicious Thanksgiving buffets, the jolly season kicks off on the Saturday after Thanksgiving with the much-anticipated tree lighting and parade. This event transforms The Pines Village into a winter wonderland, setting the stage for a month filled with holiday cheer.

Throughout December, The Pines Village buzzes with activities and events that cater to all ages. Enjoy arts and crafts fairs where you can find unique gifts and partake in activities like photos with Santa, pancake breakfasts, and cookie decorating sessions with The Grinch. These events offer delightful ways to create new memories and indulge in the holiday spirit.

Adding to the festive atmosphere are special Christmas meals in a cozy, inviting setting. It's the ideal opportunity to gather with loved ones and celebrate the joys of the season.

The culmination of the holiday festivities is the New Year's Eve celebration, complete with a spectacular fireworks show. Don't miss this fantastic way to bid farewell to the year and welcome the new one with excitement and wonder.

Ski school instructor leads a group of four children down a snow covered hill.

Just one hour from Bass Lake, in Yosemite National Park, Badger Pass Ski & Snowboard Area is California's oldest ski resort and one of the most welcoming for families. This ski haven is not just about the powdery snow and scenic vistas; it's a full-service facility complete with ski rentals, expert instructors, a ski shop, a cozy cafeteria and lounge, plus chairlifts and ski runs suitable for all skill levels.

Activities abound, from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Additionally, active military personnel can enjoy exclusive deals, including complimentary lift tickets and discounts for family members. Visit their website for more details.

Dinner specials and views from Duceys on the Lake

After a day full of snowy adventures, Ducey’s On The Lake and Ducey's Bar and Grill restaurants at The Pines Resort offer delightful dining experiences with stunning views of the potentially frozen lake. Indulge in meals that promise to leave you feeling satisfied and rejuvenated, perfectly complementing your fun-filled day.

Your winter escape to the Yosemite and Bass Lake area is complemented by various accommodation choices that cater to every taste. Whether you opt for the rustic chalets and luxurious vacation homes at The Pines Resort, enjoy the modern comfort of a lakeside cabin at Miller's Landing, or explore the array of short-term rentals in the region, your ideal winter stay is within reach.

The Pines Resort Bass Lake in Winter

At The Pines Resort, you'll find beautifully appointed suites, chalets, and vacation homes that offer a perfect blend of luxury and comfort. Situated along the scenic shores of Bass Lake, these accommodations provide stunning views and range from cozy to upscale. Enjoy the convenience of modern amenities in a tranquil setting.

Snowy exterior of Millers Landing Resort with a snowman in the foreground.

For a more contemporary lakeside experience, Miller's Landing offers modern cabins that provide comfort and elegance. These cabins are ideal for those who appreciate the beauty of Bass Lake in a more remote setting. With all the modern amenities, these cabins offer a comfortable and stylish base from which to explore the winter wonders of the area.

Beautifully ornate exterior of a famous vacation rental property, The Tulip House, dusted in snow.

The Bass Lake area is also home to many short-term rental options. From cozy cottages to spacious homes, there’s something to suit every group size and preference. These rentals offer the freedom to customize your stay, ensuring that your winter vacation is exactly as you envisioned.

Each accommodation option in the region offers its own unique experience of winter’s charm. Whether you’re seeking the exciting atmosphere of The Pines Resort, the quiet elegance of Miller's Landing, or the diversity and flexibility of short-term rentals, you’re assured of a delightful and comfortable base for your winter adventures.

Our annual Visit Yosemite | Madera County Visitors Guide can answer all your questions about visiting California's Gateway to Yosemite. From the park itself to the museums, wineries, art galleries and more throughout Madera County, our guide can help you plan the perfect vacation. Please note that we mail to the USA only, but anyone can download the guide.
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