Historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite’s Backcountry Will Open for the 2022-2023 Winter Season After a Two-Year Hiatus
Yosemite National Park, November 3, 2022 – Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by experienced cross-country skiers who make the strenuous 10-mile journey from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park’s backcountry, will be open for the 2022-2023 winter season after a two-year pandemic-fueled hiatus.
Online Reservations Open November 16, 2022, at Yosemite.org
Reservations to book an overnight bunk at the hut will become available online on November 16, 2022, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on Yosemite Conservancy’s website at https://yosemite.org/experience/ostrander-ski-hut/.
Yosemite Conservancy, in partnership with the National Park Service, manages the two-story stone ski hut overlooking Ostrander Lake at 8,500 feet. Built in 1941, Ostrander Ski Hut is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and attracts backcountry skiers and snowboarders looking to ski the steep slopes in the cirque above Ostrander Lake and enjoy stunning views of Half Dome, the Clark Range, and Mount Hoffmann.
“It’s a strenuous cross-country skiing trek to the cabin, but the rewards of scenery and serenity are undeniable,” said Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean.
Ostrander Ski Hut is suitable for individuals or groups up to 12. It is staffed by a full-time hut keeper and is anticipated to be open from December 23, 2022, through April 1, 2023. Facilities include single bunks with mattresses, community cookware stocked in a common kitchen, wood for heating, solar-powered electric lights for evening use, and two outdoor toilet facilities. Nightly rates are $50 per person, per night. Conservancy donors are eligible for a reduced rate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the live booking date. Proceeds collected from the ski hut are used to operate and maintain it for future generations to enjoy.
Thanks to generous donors, in recent years Yosemite Conservancy has provided more than $140 million in grants to the park to restore trails and habitat, protect wildlife, provide educational programs, and more. The Conservancy’s guided adventures, art classes, volunteer opportunities, donors, wilderness services, and bookstores help visitors of all ages to connect with Yosemite. Learn more at yosemite.org or 415-434-1782.
Historic Ostrander Ski Hut, managed by Yosemite Conservancy, is a popular destination for experienced winter backcountry enthusiasts. Credit: Yosemite Conservancy/Adonia Ripple