Yosemite Conservancy accepting lottery registration forms for 2013-14 season

With the winter season approaching and Yosemite National Park now open to the public after the recent government closure, Yosemite Conservancy announced Tuesday that it’s accepting lottery registration forms for the 2013-2014 season at the newly restored Ostrander Ski Hut, the rustic stone cabin used by intrepid skiers and snowshoers who make the 10-mile journey from the park’s Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake.

According to a National Parks Service press release, the conservancy donors provided $63,000 in support to repair stone mortar and lodgepole pine beams essential to the historic character of the building, refinish original countertops of solid planks of sugar pine, replace old water tanks to improve water quality, and repair a dilapidated wood shed.

“Yosemite is open and new memories for winter enthusiasts await. Trekking to Ostrander Ski Hut offers an unforgettable winter adventure because of its solitude and breathtaking views of Half Dome, the Clark Range and Mount Hoffmann,” Mike Tollefson, Yosemite Conservancy president, said in the release. “Improvements to the ski hut made earlier this year restored original features to ensure that it can be enjoyed by new generations of visitors.”

Yosemite Conservancy manages the two-story stone ski hut perched at the edge of Ostrander Lake at 8,500 feet. Built in 1941, the accommodations are suitable for individuals or groups up to 15. The ski hut is staffed by a full-time hut keeper and is typically open mid-December through early April. Facilities include 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. Nightly rates range from $35 Monday-Thursday and $55 Friday-Sunday. Proceeds collected from the ski hut, along with contributions to the Conservancy, help fund projects and programs that preserve and protect the park and improve the visitor experience, the release said.

Lottery applications must be returned by 5:00p.m. on Nov.20. Results of the lottery will be emailed by Nov.25. Starting on Dec.2, remaining reservations can be booked by calling (209)379-5161. Reservation information, equipment lists and a description of facilities can be found at

Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to the park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. The work funded by Yosemite Conservancy is visible throughout the park, from trail rehabilitation to wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering and wilderness services. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided more than $75million in grants to Yosemite National Park. Learn more at or call ( 800)469-7275.