The Yosemite Nordic Holiday Race was first run as multi-day event in 1972, shortly after the founding of the Yosemite Mountaineering School. The race was initially run in the Yosemite Valley, and later moved to higher elevations for more consistent snow. From Badger Pass, a ten kilometer loop was chosen for the race. The park service did not allow motorized grooming equipment so the race organisers built and pulled a sled to set the tracks.
The Yosemite Nordic Holiday Race is now mostly a skating race and goes from Badger Pass t Glacier Point and back, a total of 23.4 miles, 37.6 K. The winning time in 2023 was 1:57:22