Ostrander Ski Hut will be open Friday, December 23, 2016 to Sunday, April 2, 2017
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.
Ostrander Ski Hut’s operational dates, nightly rates, and reservation lottery date change annually. This site is updated in mid-October to announce information for the upcoming season. If you would like to receive an email notification when the information is published to this site, please send your name, address, phone number and current email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Reservation Lottery
Due to Ostrander’s popularity, early reservations are awarded by random lottery. This season, the Ostrander Ski Hut lottery will be held Nov. 17. All entries must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Lottery results will be emailed or mailed on Monday, Nov. 21. Beginning Monday, Nov. 21, reservations may be requested or changed by phone.
Reservations by Phone: 209-379-5161
Once the lottery is processed, reservations are available online and by phone. Reservation assistants are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Overnight fees are non-refundable, unless a cancellation is due to road closures and/or park closures. No refunds are given for lack of snow or inclement weather. If there are available dates during the current season, changes can be made to existing reservations by calling the reservation office at 209-379-5161.
The overnight rates cover the total costs for Yosemite Conservancy to manage and operate the hut.
Nightly rates are per person/per night as follows:
Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun night): $55
Midweek (Mon–Thurs night): $35
If you are currently a Yosemite Conservancy donor you will receive a $10 per night discount. Discounts are given to the donor only, not the entire party. Donors at the $25 gift level and greater are eligible. Join as a Yosemite Conservancy donor. Benefits expire Dec. 31.
The Ostrander Ski Hut houses a maximum number of 25 people. Large groups are welcome but the limit for a single party is 15 people. Yosemite Conservancy employs a hut keeper to live at Ostrander during the winter ski season to maintain the hut and for emergencies. The hut keeper is not responsible for cleaning up after guests; visitors must pack out all trash.
All visitors must pick up a free wilderness permit at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ranger Station. Designated overnight parking is available at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. Vehicle license plate numbers must be printed on the permit.
The excellent skiing at Ostrander Ski Hut attracts backcountry skiers and snowboarders who are looking to ski the steep slopes in the cirque above Ostrander Lake. Along the way, you may enjoy stunning views of 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. Novice skiers should not attempt this trip and traveling to the hut by snowshoe is not recommended. Departures for the ski hut should take place by 9 am to arrive at the hut during daylight hours. Climbing skins are strongly recommended (see equipment checklist). Hauling gear or children on sleds to the hut is strongly discouraged.
There are three different routes to the hut: Bridalveil Creek, Horizon Ridge Trail and the Merced Crest Trail. See directions.
There is also a free brochure (including map) of winter trails in the Glacier Point Road area. See brochure.
Visitors to backcountry cabins have an increased risk of exposure to potential disease-causing vectors. To help reduce exposure to such risks, all food must be stored in the rodent-proof bins provided in the kitchen area. Please thoroughly clean food-preparation areas after each meal. For more information, please visit the website of the Yosemite Public Health Department.
Ski and snowshoe rentals are available through the Yosemite Nordic Ski School at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (209-372-8444). Climbing skins are highly recommended but are not available for rent in Yosemite National Park. Traveling to Ostrander by snowshoe is not recommended.
From mid-December though early April, the Glacier Point/Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Road is plowed to the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Pass ski area where trails begin. During the winter months, visitors are required to carry chains for all vehicle types. Chains may become mandatory on park roads at any time. Click the link below for information on road conditions from the National Park Service.