For more than 70 years, the rustic stone cabin has been a paradise for Yosemite ski enthusiasts, delighting them with its simplicity. Visitors are greeted by a warm fire, a single bunkroom to be shared with friends, and an affable hut-keeper.
Ostrander Ski Hut offers a secluded, unplugged experience in a uniquely isolated location. While the hut has no electricity, solar-powered lights are provided for evening use, and wood is stocked for heating. Water is collected from a snow-fed alpine lake, and guests filter it for drinking. The rustic accommodation includes single bunks with mattresses, community cookware stocked in a common kitchen, and two outdoor toilet facilities. Visitors provide their own food, water filter, sleeping bag, and personal gear.
Please view the suggested equipment list. Note: Climbing skins are highly recommended to make your journey a success. Skins are not available to rent at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Nordic Center. People who try the journey without skins often end up post holing and usually do not make it within a day, or at all, even if they have waxless 'scaled' skis.
Warning: The trail to Ostrander ski Hut is longer and more difficult than most backcountry ski huts in California. The trip can take anywhere from 7 hours to 2 days depending on snow and weather conditions and experience levels. It frequently takes experienced parties 8+ hours so a late start means an arrival after dark. You must be self-reliant and be prepared to spend a night outside of the hut in winter conditions. Cell coverage is rarely found and Search and Rescue functions take many hours to mobilize. Do not rely on the hut keeper, or the National Park Service, to track your arrival and departure. Be entirely self-reliant. While the trails do have blaze marks, stormy weather can easily obstruct the trail markers. Navigation tools such as a GPS or map and compass are highly recommended. Only experienced skiers should attempt this trip.
Ostrander Ski Hut is normally open mid-December through end of March. The operational dates, nightly rates, and reservation kick off dates change annually. This site is updated in late-October to announce information for the upcoming season. If you would like to receive an email notification when the information is published to this site, please subscribe to the email list at the bottom of this page. Information can also be found on the Ostrander Ski Hut Facebook page.
The Ostrander Ski Hut reservation office is open from mid-November through end of March.
Beginning in mid-November, reservations can be booked live online, available first come, first served. This page will be updated in late October to announce the kick off date and time for the coming reservation season. Reservations book quickly so mark your calendar!
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