The Ostrander Ski Hut
West Slope of the Sierra Nevada
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Ostrander Ski Hut
Copyright © 1999 Howard Weamer
|Located in Yosemite National Park
in California, Ostrander Ski Hut is a two story stone structure beautifully
crafted in 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corp specifically for cross-country
skiers. The hut sits in a small glacial cirque at the edge of Ostrander
Lake, elevation 8,500 ft--a 10 mile ski from Yosemite's Badger Pass downhill
ski area. Very basic overnight accommodations and cooking facilities are
available at the hut. It sleeps 25 people and has bunks, mattresses, wood
stove, a kitchen with a gas stove for cooking and assorted pots & pans
available for the visitor's use. Drinking and wash water is hauled from
the lake in buckets; treatment is the individual visitor's responsibility.
Light is from solar powered lights.
Depending on snow conditions and weather, the ski (or snowshoe) in can be either a perfect glide through the piney woods or extremely arduous (let's be honest, campers, it can be horrendous at times--see Tales of Adventure). Once at Ostrander, there are areas nearby for all levels of skiing ability. We strongly recommend that only skiers at the intermediate level in good physical shape make the trip.
Ostrander Hut is operated by the Yosemite Association, a non-profit educational organization in Yosemite National Park. A hutkeeper lives at Ostrander during the winter patrolling, answering questions, directing traffic and duct taping broken equipment back together.