Ostrander Ski Hut will be open Friday, December 20, 2019 to Saturday, March 28, 2020.
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 Badger Pass Ski Area. 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. Information can also be found on the Ostrander Ski Hut Facebook page.
This year, reservations will open on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm. Look for the “Book Now” button on this page. Please read all the information on this page before reserving your stay at Ostrander Ski Hut.
Beginning on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm, reservations can be booked live online, available first come, first served. Reservations book quickly, so mark your calendar!
Tips for successfully securing an online reservation:
- On opening day, weekend reservations fill within the first 15 minutes. Consider a midweek trip.
- Have your trip details planned in advance. Plan alternative dates in case your first choice is full.
- NOTE: Online reservations are not secured until payment is complete, so move through the first page of the form swiftly.
- This season, space is limited in the hut on February 21-22 and March 13-14. Please consider other dates.