Ostrander Ski Hut was built in 1941 by the old CCC – Civilian Conservation Corp. It sits next to a lake and is about 10-miles from Badger Pass. This is off the Glacier Pt Road. They rent it out for individuals or groups in a kind of commune setting. It sleeps 25 but you have to bring your own sleeping bag and food and anything you’ll need. They have solar powered lights. Cooking facilities are available at the hut. You get your own water from the lake. Admission is by lottery which is now open. I have never done it, but am thinking about it. I’d use snowshoes and a backpack for my gear – maybe for 2 nights. The haul to it is up and down and is pretty hard. Not for beginners and could take all day just to get there depending on the snows. Lottery registration forms are now available. If you are interested you gotta plan now – when it’s 80 degrees!! The lottery takes place Nov 11. Beginning Nov 28, remaining dates can be reserved by calling the reservation office at (209) 379–5161, Monday through Friday 8:30–4:30.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Company, always on the run. Destiny and the rising sun. I was born, six gun in my hand- behind the gun, I make my final stand. That’s why they call me: Bad company, I can’t deny. Bad, Bad company, till the day I die.” – Bad Company
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com