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    kings run east
    75 Posts

    has anyone ever made it out to the tuolumne ski hut? I’m thinking about going at some point this winter, and I’m curious how the approach is, how ridable the terrain is, how rocking it is… that sort of thing.

    #634945
    kings run east
    75 Posts

    really? no one?

    #634946
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    Nothing concrete, but here’s some relevant info. I’ll like to check it at some point…is there such a thing as a bad hut trip? :pals:

    viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9334&p=68170&hilit=ostrander#p68170

    #634947
    bcd
    232 Posts

    I’ve been out there once. It’s great, but it’s a big gamble. There are only about 10 bunks, and it can fill up occasionally. So that’s a long way to walk just to find out you’re sleeping in a tent. There are rangers that live out there in the winter, and apparently they will enforce the 10 person limit.

    Tuolumne is nice in the winter, no matter what. Just make sure you go in with the mindset that you might not actually be staying in the hut.
    It’s about 17 miles there. TPR used to drive cats up and down the pass, which made travel a bit easier (mostly on the way out because you could just glide down the road). But they aren’t operating anymore. Still, you’re just following the road. So it’s pretty easy. Just long. The first part of the road faces south and goes through a number of major slide paths, so plan accordingly.

    The terrain is fun. Nothing huge, but you can’t beat the scenery. Most of the skiing is done around Cathedral Peak and Unicorn, etc…. but some of the domes can be skied as well.

    #634948
    kings run east
    75 Posts

    gotcha- yeah, unicorn and cathedral both look super fun. any aspects worth riding more than others?

    how long is the first part of the road that goes through the slide paths? is it 2 – 3 miles or more like 8 – 9 ?

    #634949
    bcd
    232 Posts

    @kings run east wrote:

    how long is the first part of the road that goes through the slide paths? is it 2 – 3 miles or more like 8 – 9 ?

    2-3 miles sounds about right. Once you hit the big corner below Ellery Lake, you’re pretty much in the clear all the way to the hut.

    #634950
    kings run east
    75 Posts

    nice- will post a TR if we make it… 17 miles is way, way longer than any approach I’ve done, but it looks amazing out there.

    #634951
    emerson
    4 Posts

    I guess you gotta go far for the truly breathtaking scenery anymore. Seventeen miles is farther than I’m willing to go as a relative newbie just to possibly end up in a tent.

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