2022 UPDATE: Ostrander Ski Hut will not be operational during the 2021-2022 winter season due to COVID-19. This decision was made with the wellbeing of visitors, hut keepers and the hut in mind, after much careful consideration of creative ways to welcome people safely. We look forward to operating the hut again safely in the future.


Is your idea of the perfect winter retreat a challenging cross-country ski excursion to a rustic ski hut in Yosemite’s beautiful and isolated backcountry? Welcome to Ostrander Ski Hut.


Ostrander Ski 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 Badger Pass, 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.

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 Badger Pass Ski Area. This historic building is a charming two-story stone structure beautifully crafted in 1941.

Learn about preserving this historic landmark.