Tioga Pass, CA Will OPEN Tomorrow at Noon

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166050.ME.0529.tioga.BRV.jpgLegendary 9,943-foot Tioga Pass in Yosemite, California will completely open tomorrow, Friday May 2nd, at 12pm.  Tioga Pass opened to the pass from the east on April 18th, then closed down for a week due to storms before reopening to the pass this past Monday.  All this time, Tioga Pass has been completely closed from the west.

Map of Tioga Pass down to Mammoth, CA
Map of Tioga Pass (hwy 120) down to Mammoth, CA

Beginning tomorrow at nooner, Tioga Pass will be completely open, much to the joy of backcountry skiers.  As of noon tomorrow, all Sierra Nevada, California mountain passes will be open including Sonora Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and Tioga Pass.  This is one of the earliest openings that has ever occurred at Tioga Pass due to 30% of normal snowfall this winter.

clearing snow from Tioga Pass, CA
clearing snow from Tioga Pass, CA

For current Tioga Pass and Sonora Pass ski conditions, please click here:

SnowBrains.com Tioga Pass Ski Reports

SnowBrains.com Sonora Pass Ski Reports

Skiing off tioga pass yesterday.  photo:  greg burnett.
Skiing off tioga pass yesterday. photo: greg burnett.

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season tomorrow, tomorrow, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon for all vehicular traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.

Due to a light snowpack this past winter (approximately 30% of normal), the Tioga Road was cleared of snow early into the season. Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations. Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the backcountry in the early season.

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed. All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed. There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities. – National Park Service on May 1st, 2014

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