Ostrander Ski Hut

Yosemite Ostrander Ski Hut in snow

Ostrander Ski Hut

If your idea of the perfect winter retreat is to leave crowds and resorts behind and head into beautiful and isolated backcountry, retiring to a rustic ski hut at the end of the day, then Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service welcome you to Ostrander Ski Hut.

Historic Ostrander Ski Hut

Nestled on the edge of a glacial cirque, beside stunning, crystal-clear Ostrander Lake (elevation 8,500 feet), Ostrander Ski Hut is a beacon for weary skiers intrepid enough to make the 10-mile trek from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. This historic building is a charming two-story stone structure beautifully crafted in 1941.

Learn about preserving this historic landmark.


Ostrander Hut attracts backcountry skiers and snowboarders looking to ski the steep slopes in the cirque above Ostrander Lake.  Along the way, enjoy stunning views, including Half Dome, the Clark Range and the northern part of the park, including Hoffmann, Dana and Conness peaks.

The ski hut is approximately 10 miles from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, and all routes require considerable stamina and cross-country skiing experience. It is not recommended for novice skiers.

The hut is typically open from mid-December through end of March.

See Facilities & Reservations for details.