AKA: Badger Pass Ski Area, Yosemite National Park, CA

Structure Type: Objects Facet – Built Environment – Single Built Works – structures – single built works by function – residential structures – dwellings – houses – houses by form – chalets; landscapes - parks - national parks

Designers: Spencer, Eldridge T., Architect (firm); Eldridge Theodore Spencer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1935-1936

7082 Glacier Point Road
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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Badger Pass was one of the earliest ski resorts in the State of CA, opening in 1935. Introduction of skiing at Yosemite occurred in the late 1920s, but it wasn't until the Depression era, and the creation by public work crews of mountain roads and tunnels from 1933-1935, that the Badger Pass Ski House could be opened for public use.

Building Notes

The Badger Pass Ski House was a long, gable-front building, the roof having a relatively shallow pitch. Large knee brackets supported the roof's long overhanging eaves. A two-floor building, the ski house had a first floor clad in horizontal logs, while the second was sheathed in milled siding applied vertically. First floor windows had ornamental shutters. The main facade featured a large veranda stretching its entire width with tables for dining. Above the veranda, a balcony jutted out with a long bench oriented toward the prime natural vista.


Eldridge T. Spencer and his architectural firm, Spencer and Ambrose, did further work on the Badger Pass Ski Lodge c. 1955. (See "Spencer, Eldridge Ted," American Archtiects Directory, 1962, [New York: R.R. Bowker, Co., 1962], p. 664.)

PCAD id: 19519