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Skier’s Paradise: Backcountry Hut & Yurt Destinations

Maximize your winter fun with a backcountry basecamp where you can spend all day skiing or snowshoeing, and all evening lounging by the fire.

Ostrander
Ski Hut, Yosemite NP, CA
Stay in a historic sierra lodge.

Bunk in the heart of Yosemite in a two-story stone hut built in 1941, the newest of the park’s CCC-era structures. The journey there is not for novices: From Badger Pass, the 10-mile Bridalveil Creek route offers the most gradual approach (1,950-foot gain) to the primitive 25-person lodge at Ostrander Lake, while the nine-mile, more strenuous (2,300-foot) Horizon Ridge route affords better views, including the backside of Half Dome. Once there, check with the live-in hut keeper for recent avalanche info before lapping Horse Ridge bowl, the 500-foot-deep, north-facing cirque staring at you from across the frozen lake. $32/person/night weekdays, $52/person/night weekends; Yosemite Conservancy (yosemiteconservancy.org; 209-379-2648)

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