It has been a big winter in Yosemite! Due to winter storm damage throughout the park, public access to Ostrander Ski Hut is no longer possible this ski season. The Hut is doing just fine, nestled safe in a winter wonderland. While we are grateful for so much snow in the Sierra, we are sorry that the Hut is closed for the season.
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.
Beds are single bunks, one bed per person. There is a common kitchen, two toilets, solar-powered evening lights (no electricity), and a woodstove for heat. Guests must provide their own food, water filter, sleeping bag, and personal gear.
Distance: 10+ miles, one-way
Elevation Gain: 2,500+ feet
Max Elevation: 8,500 feet
Experience level: Experienced skiers only. All routes require considerable stamina and cross-country skiing experience. It is not recommended for novice skiers. Climbing skins are strongly recommended. Snowshoes or scaled skis without climbing skins are not recommended.
A trip to the Ostrander Ski Hut is a wilderness experience. All routes to the Hut are arduous and should only be attempted by experienced skiers. Winter weather conditions may severely limit your ability to make it to the Hut in one day. You must be prepared to make camp and sleep on the way in or out if necessary. Your arrival to, and journey from the hut will not be tracked. Wilderness travel requires self-reliance, and you should not be expecting a rescue. Everyone must be prepared for an unplanned night alone in the winter wilderness.
Yosemite Conservancy recognizes the risks of contracting COVID-19 associated with staying at Ostrander Ski Hut. You must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of your stay at the Hut. Do not attend the Hut if you test positive for COVID-19, have any cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. You will be asked to leave Ostrander Ski Hut if you appear to have any signs of illness. You must bring personal shelter and be prepared to sleep outside should you develop COVID-19 symptoms during your stay and need to self-isolate.
Due to winter storm damage throughout the park, public access to Ostrander Ski Hut is no longer possible this ski season.
Season dates: December 23, 2022 – April 1, 2023
Nightly Rate: $50/per person, per night
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.