Below you'll find the stories from the Winter Newsletter, including packages and offers. Winter getaways starting from $129* A Whole New Degree of Grandeur More Info Wintertime in Yosemite offers beauty beyond compare and sights that one must behold in person to truly appreciate. Wintertime at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. It’s as if the granite monoliths that surround you seem to tower even higher when there’s a blanket of snow below. It’s an ambiance that invites blissful contemplation and inspires a deeper state of grace – where families sled down snow-covered hills, couples ice-skate hand in hand, and anyone can simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful High Sierra scenery, watching the snow glitter and fall from the boughs of the majestic Sugar Pines. Sound picturesque? Wait until you see it for yourself. For those who take their relaxation with a pinch of adventure, there’s nothing like a snowshoe hike to help you take it all in. Mere steps from Tenaya’s front door, you can experience the beauty of Sierra National Forest the way it was meant to be seen – on foot and up close. New this year, the midweek Sierra Snowshoe Package, starting from $199, will help you get one step closer to a whole new perspective on winter. This package includes lodging, breakfast and snowshoe rentals for two. While the great outdoors tantalizes with its ever-changing frozen spectacle, it’s within the walls of the cozy mountain lodge where you can really start to unwind, next to a warm crackling fire. Tenaya’s Four Diamond amenities, including the 12 treatment rooms of Ascent Spa relaxation and bliss, are the perfect beginning and end to a day of awe and exploration . Plenty of people admit that Yosemite’s best and most beautiful season is winter, and now it’s an even better time to visit – with savings and value to make your travels even more enjoyable. In addition to money-saving packages, Tenaya Lodge also offers year-round savings for AAA members, military personnel and AARP members. Visit TenayaLodge.com/Specials for details on all of these special offers. So what are you waiting for? Visit TenayaLodge.com today and book your getaway so you, too, can witness winter like you’ve never seen it before. Fiery Falls and Frazil IceWhen winter arrives, so do a number of natural phenomena in Yosemite National Park. Like frazil ice and Horsetail Falls, both of which dazzle with fiery illusions during the cold weather months. Watch these YouTube videos and witness the magic for yourself!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V9p4mFEYXc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyoa-QfeGho Memories are Made Atop Badger Pass More Info There’s nothing like skiing at Badger Pass for the first time. Or the one-hundred-and-first time. Unpretentious. Friendly. Relaxed. That’s how Northern California’s first alpine learn-to-ski area has been doing things ever since it began all the way back in 1935. It’s the perfect spot to make some new memories and even rekindle a few from years past. The beauty of Badger Pass is in its simplicity. It’s where first-time skiers can feel like Olympians and families can feel like they have the mountain to themselves. A mere 45 minutes up the road from Tenaya Lodge, it offers a unique, stress-free experience – whether it’s just you, out to reflect amongst the snowy solitude, or your entire family looking to create a whole new generation of memories. And best of all, Badger Pass is affordable. This year for the first time ever, you can take advantage of even greater savings with the Stay 2, Ski FREE Offer. Book a two-night stay and receive a Yosemite Park Pass and two FREE All-Day Badger Pass Ski Area Lift Tickets – a savings of $94! Use promotional code SKIFREE when booking. Badger Pass also offers extra special deals for seniors and military personnel. Visitors 60 and up can get a free lift ticket Monday through Friday. And Badger Pass is proud to support the troops with military discounts all season long. U.S. active military personnel and veterans receive a free lift ticket, free equipment rental, and group lesson every day of the season. Immediate family members also receive 50% off lift tickets, equipment rentals and group lessons when a U.S. military ID is presented. Tenaya Lodge. Where Every Day is a Snow Day More Info The beautiful, fresh-fallen snow offers fun for the whole family – your inner child included. Remember the anticipation and subsequent thrill that came with snow days? It was a time to let your worries melt away while you enjoyed some well-deserved, rosy-cheeked fun in the snow. Now it’s easier and more affordable than ever to embrace a little snow-day fun all over again, thanks to the midweek Winter Stay ’N Play Pass – only $70 for adults and $40 for kids (12 and under), valued at up to $185! Each pass includes one of each of the following: Badger Pass all-day lift ticket Badger Pass all-day snowboard or ski equipment rental Badger Pass group lesson Badger Pass tubing session Yosemite Valley outdoor ice-skating session with rentals Yosemite Valley Floor tour Book online today. Or, if you prefer to experience some winter fun a little closer to your room, consider the Skate the Sierra Package. Enjoy Tenaya’s on-site rink and Four Diamond lodging – all starting at just $169. No matter how you embrace your inner snow day, Yosemite has you covered! Learn 'Whole Living' at one of the World's Best Wellness Resorts More Info This March 28–30, you’re invited to experience the new Yosemite Healthy Living Retreat at Tenaya Lodge. Voted by USA Today as one of the “World’s 12 Best Wellness Resorts,” it’s guaranteed that you’re in for a treat. Elevate your level of rejuvenation at the Yosemite Healthy Living Retreat at Tenaya Lodge. The retreat promises to reveal a new degree of wellness, where world-class spa treatments are only the beginning. Enjoy guest speakers, guided outdoor activities, nutritional breaks, a hands-on culinary class and dinner with Executive Chef Frederick Clabaugh, CCC, signature gifts, and of course, spa treatments. Check back for more details. Weekend retreat packages start at just $999 for two guests/double occupancy or $699 for a single guest/single occupancy. Can’t make the retreat? Come anytime and take advantage of the Ascent Spa 120 Special – up to $120 in savings + 10% off dining throughout your stay! This two-night offer includes luxury accommodations and 120 minutes of spa treatment time, so you can customize your spa experience. Starting from just $189 per night, the possibilities – and the pampering – are endless. Update on Rim Fire and Government Shutdown Impact More Info A word of thanks from Tenaya Lodge General Manager Paul Ratchford and some advice on how you can help. To all of our guests, in deep appreciation: I wanted to thank you all for the many messages of concern I received for Tenaya Lodge and our staff during the Rim Fire. I have worked in the region for nearly 20 years, and in that time, I have never seen or experienced a forest fire of this magnitude and speed. Thankfully, Tenaya Lodge was not impacted directly by the fire, as the active fire line stayed more than 30 miles from the resort. That being said, the fire, coupled with the government shutdown, has had a significant impact on the communities surrounding Yosemite. I’d like to ask that if you’ve been considering a trip to Yosemite, please do come and visit. Yosemite Valley and the majority of the area are as pristine as ever. The many outstanding shops, restaurants and lodges could use your support. If you had not been planning a trip, or were planning to visit a different destination, I encourage you to reconsider your plans. Warm regards, Paul Ratchford Fall in Love All Over Again More Info Winter is the time for romance in Yosemite. The intimate Snow Time for Romance Package features a one-night stay, chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of Champagne, s’mores kit and VIP turndown service of chocolate kisses and rose petals, all starting from only $189. Or, make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with Tenaya’s Valentine’s Getaway Package, starting at $469. Available exclusively on February 14, this package includes a one-night stay in a luxurious spa suite with jetted tub, breakfast for two, VIP turndown service with conversation hearts and rose petals, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. *All packages and rates subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions.