Update for April 15, 2015

April 17, 2015 Posted by: Laura and Rob Pilewski
New snow: none
Total settled snow depth: 0 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 56°F (April 12)
Low temperature: 9°F (April 9)

Skiing/Snowshoeing Conditions and Weather: This is our final post of the season. The snow from last week is mostly melted out around Tuolumne Meadows and there is essentially no skiing below 9500 feet. Above 9500 feet on north aspects, there are still skiing opportunities, but these are very limited. The best ski opportunities exist north of Tioga Pass around Bennettville and Saddlebag Lake, though travelers should anticipate having to carry skis for stretches in these places as well. The east side of Tioga Pass (Highway 120 from US 395 to Tioga Pass) is open. In Yosemite National Park, the Tioga Road is closed between Tioga Pass and Crane Flat.

Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: For the avalanche advisory for this area of the Sierra Nevada go to www.esavalanche.org for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center.

Wildlife: Within 48 hours of our most recent snow storm, fresh mountain lion, coyote, pine marten, weasel, snow-shoe hare and Douglas squirrel tracks lined the Tioga Road. Now that the snow has melted, one would have no idea how many animals use this road corridor before the onslaught of the motor vehicle. Remember that this is their home as you explore your national parks this summer: please slow down and enjoy. Or better yet, get out on foot and try to find these elusive critters while enjoying the fresh air!
Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open! There is an ample supply of firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first come, first served basis. There is power but no public phone service in Tuolumne Meadows this winter. We can be contacted via email at Robert_Pilewski@nps.gov, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. Contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared; don't count on electricity or phone service at the ski hut.


Skier climbing the Altusky Couloir on April 12th

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  1. May 19, 2015 at 01:31

    @Akash, the Tioga Road has opened for the season.

  2. May 19, 2015 at 01:21

    Any chance that Tioga Pass and Tioga Road will be open on Memorial Day Weekend. Need to know for route planning and hotel reservation. Thanks!

  3. May 12, 2015 at 11:09

    @Rolf, The Tioga Road is open, but could close again if we get more snow (which is in the forecast). Call 209/372-0200 (dial 1 then 1) for current road status.

  4. May 12, 2015 at 08:50

    Are Tioga Pass and Tioga Road now really open from east to west/Yosemite Valley? Need to know for route planning and hotel reservation. Thanks!

  5. May 12, 2015 at 08:50

    Are Tioga Pass and Tioga Road now really open from east to west/Yosemite Valley? Need to know for route planning and hotel reservation. Thanks!

  6. May 05, 2015 at 12:47

    Thank you for the updates! Hubby, friends and I will be there on the 24th. We'll be driving thru the Tioga Pass from east to west.

  7. April 25, 2015 at 10:08

    Laura, Rob thanks for the updates. I have been linking them to the Yosemite Gateway Partners and thus to hundreds in the Yosemite Gateways. Thanks until next year.

  8. April 24, 2015 at 07:13

    Thanks for all the updates and the great photos. We are lucky to have you two giving us a peek at this amazing place during an amazing time of year. Hoping for more snow for you next winter. Have a great summer!

  9. April 22, 2015 at 08:33

    Love the updates and pictures. Great advise for summer visitors. You guys are wealthy in the best way.

  10. April 19, 2015 at 09:41

    Thanks so much for the updates. I always enjoy hearing about the high country. Hope we have a better season next year! Have a great summer.

  11. April 18, 2015 at 04:51

    Thank you for the updates. I appreciate the info. Please have a great summer.

  12. April 18, 2015 at 04:08

    Thanks Laura & Rob for the updates and pictures i have enjoyed them all. Good job.

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