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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. These 10 huts and yurts will make you hope the snow never melts.

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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