The Winter, the Yosemite and the Bug


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Our first storm just passed through and, as usual, closed Tioga Pass & Badger Pass.  We expect more to come for Christmas.  Of course, it is easy to access us and Yosemite Valley, Hetch Hetchy, etc., here on the west side of the Sierras.  Who know, the passes may open again, but we all look forward to Yosemite’s Ski & Snowboard Area opening, even though it is not have a lot of vertical it is still fun, especially for families or novices taking classes.  Rentals and tickets are reasonable and there is a Ski Bus from Yosemite Valley if you don’t want to chain up, you can use YARTS Yosemite Shuttle from the Bug to meet it.


The Bug is a great base of operations for your Winter Yosemite exploration!  We also recommend staying at Ostrander Ski Hut, Glacier Point Ski Hut, Snow Creek Cabin or Wilderness Snow Camping for a XC overnight fun and use our food and hot tub for comfort on the way in or out.  The Half Dome Village Ski Rink will open in Half Dome Village soon, albeit much smaller.  Book the Sleigh Rides at the South Entrance before the Christmas Holidays!  Family Snow Play areas also abound!

There is ALWAYS HIKING in Yosemite at winter!  Any of the Valley hikes are open at east halfway and I will post recommendations on our Facebook and set a Winter Itinerary in WordPress in soon.  Hetch Hetchy is warm and has waterfalls.  And we also rent snowshoes for those who want to go down into Tuolumne and Merced Sequoia Groves this winter, where is is spectacular in deep snow months.  On the edge of winter hiking boots will do!  We are very excited for this winter to COME ON DOWN!

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Bodie Room – Many Classes this winter!
Wilderness First Responder Course    November 28th – December 7th 2017 & February 26th – March 7th
Wilderness First Responder Recertification  December 9th – 11th, February 2nd – 4th
& March 9th – 11th

If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.  You’ll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!  Call us at 209.966.6666 x2 to book at tuition only or for the whole package including room and board.  Our food alone is worth it!


June Bug Cafe 5pm-8:30pm no reservations
This year includes Filet Mignon, Duck Risotto, Dungeness Crab, Celery Root Schnitzel, Maple Pork Chop, Baked Brie En Croute. Inclusive of Desserts and Soups.  Always popular but never overly busy as Thanksgiving.  Be there for one of the best menus of the year!



Bodie Room  Friday and Saturday February 9th & 10th 7pm.  Tickets for sale $40 at our Front Desk.  There is a chocolate reception and silent auction after.  Beer & wine available for purchase. June Bug Cafe serving dinner early at 5:30pm


Bodie Room Saturday February 24th 7pm admission $10 adults and $5 children

Cooking with Turf & the Gasmen traditional Irish music, with Ceilidh Dancers.  ALWAYS a great time with scores of Caroline’s Irish friends.  June Bug Cafe serving dinner at 5.30pm.



BLUE SKIES TRIO Jazz Music with Singer
June Bug Cafe Wednesday February 14th 6pm – 9pm No Reservations needed.


Here are the lovely free local bands all at the June Bug Cafe on Saturdays at 7pm this winter!
Good Medicine Folk and Americana on December 2nd
Bagby Station Americana on December 9th
The Trespassers Americana Folk January 6th
Cole Thomason Americana Guitar and Harmonica February 3rd
Bootstrap Circus  Ska Gypsy Rock Folk January 27th
Meltwater Bridge Band Folk Saturday March 3rd
Tim McCaffrey  Folk Country Blues March 10th

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There are those who stay here, or eat here, because one thought cannot escape their mind:  The oxygenated hot tub and essential oils hot rocks sauna.  In the winter months it’s hard not to love this wonderful place.  Remember we have therapists on call weekdays and onsite weekends for massage and herbals rubs for your happily tired winter body; warm up in the sauna first.  Do not forget the new tubs with essential oil salt and herbal baths in a private room.  You will feel great again to conquer the next day!

Now REMEMBER, it is much cheaper to buy your snow cable at home before you come up!  It is VERY unlikely you will need them but the Park Service wants them in you car at all times.  We do rent them in the office in case for many sizes.  On this Highway 140 entrance there are never restrictions to get to the Bug, and 98% of the time there are no restrictions getting to Yosemite Valley on Highway 140.   When it does it is usually during or just after a storm.  Highway 41 and 120 chain restrictions happen often in winter.  You can always take the YARTS shuttle from us into Yosemite Valley to make it easy!

If you want to see regular Yosemite and regional well sourced articles, recommendations and information follow our daily postings on Facebook.  If you would like to follow our day-in-the-life experiences and activities see us on Instagram!

Also we have added extra thick down comforters on all the tent cabins, so even the unheated ones feel warm and cozy in freezing weather!



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