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Sign Up for the Ostrander Ski Hut Lottery Now Open

| November 8, 2012

Back country skiing is a great way to see a side of Yosemite few rarely see. It’s even better when you get to stay in a heated stone cabin for a night sharing stories with other skiers. Such is the case with the Ostrander Ski Hut. “Hut” is such a misnomer, though. The hut is, in actuality, a rustic two-story stone cabin built in 1941 with a full time attendant; situated at the edge of Ostrander Lake (8,500 feet). It’s about 10 miles on the trail from Badger Pass and has some of the most breathtaking winter views you’ll ever see. Accommodations are suitable for individuals or groups up to 15. There are single bunks with mattresses, community cookware stocked in a common kitchen, wood for heating, solar powered electric lights for evening use and two outdoor toilet facilities.

Unfortunately, demand to stay the night in the hut is high so every year the Yosemite Conservancy holds a lottery for registration dates. There’s also a small fee of $35 Mon-Thurs and $55 Fri-Sun.

If you’d like to sign up for your chance to get a night’s stay in the hut now’s your chance. The Yosemite Conservancy lottery is going on now. Visit www.YosemiteConservancy.org/Ostrander to get your application and a list of equipment. Fill out your lottery applications and have it back by no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on Nov. 14.

The annual registration lottery is scheduled for Nov. 15. Starting on Nov. 26, remaining reservations will be available for first-come, first-served booking by calling 209-379-5161. There’s no guarantee you’ll get a reservation if you wait until after the lottery to phone in. The lottery is your best shot at locking down the date you want.

The ski hut is open mid-December through the end of March.


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About Loyd: For over 30 years I've enjoyed hiking, backpacking, fishing, photographing and exploring Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. More About the Author. View author profile.

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  1. Skeeter haggerton says:

    Thanks for a wonderful Site.
    I started going to Yosemite in 1954, Skiing A Badger Pass where I won a Silver Ski Race. My name is on a Board on the 2nd Floor of the Lodge.
    Went to work in the Summer o 1955 for Bill Melton and Charles Proctor as a House Detective for the Curio Shops. That was when all the jobs in the Summer months where taken by College Studends around the country.

    Did a lot of Hiking and spent some time at the Ostrander Cabin and else where.

    Talked to Peggy Proctor Dean a couple of months ago. She is doing great.

    Leep up the good work!!

    Skeeter