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Updated: 12/14/2017 08:30:02AM

Ho, ho, ho, Yosemite: A magical winter destination

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YOSEMITE HOSPITALITY

This undated image provided by Yosemite Hospitality shows a cross-country skier in Yosemite National Park in California in winter with the famous Half Dome formation in the background.

YOSEMITE HOSPITALITY

This undated image provided by Yosemite Hospitality shows skiers on a lift at Yosemite National Park in California in winter.

By DON BABWIN

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Yosemite National Park might not seem like an ideal winter destination, particularly if you’re from a part of the country where you’d like to trade in road salt for rim salt on your margarita and leave the words “wind chill” behind.

But Yosemite in winter is magical, as I discovered last year on a trip there with my family just after Christmas. There’s snowboarding and skiing, both downhill and cross-country, as well as sledding (pick up a plastic saucer at a sporting goods store on the way). You can also ice skate at a rink in the shadow of the famed granite formation known as Half Dome. Park rangers also lead snowshoe walks (free with $3 suggested donation).

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