THE RIDGELINE YURTS
The Ridgeline Yurts are available for day skiers visiting Lost Trail Ski Area looking for lodging, experienced backcountry skiers looking for a basecamp for their adventure, or people who just want a mellow snowshoeing experience from the resort. This site has two yurts, a 24 footer and a 20 foot, located about a half mile from the ski area boundary. Unlike the Stateline, these yurts can be accessed without specialized ski touring gear. With a little pushing of your poles, you can get to and from the Ridgeline site—or, you can use snowshoes to walk in from Lost Trail’s Oreo ski run. Anyone who wants to experience a winter yurt stay can easily access this backcountry lodging.
The two Mongolian-style yurts at this site can accommodate up to twelve people (currently 10 person max with Idaho state COVID order), making it preferable to the Stateline Yurt for larger parties (we do require a minimum of six people to reserve the Ridgeline). With a group of six, you still get both yurts for your group. There is a wood stove in each hut, along with firewood, bunk beds and cots, a propane cook stove, center table and chairs, kitchen utensils and supplies, a propane BBQ, and an on-site outhouse toilet system. The yurts sit on a deck platform elevated above the ground.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
You can make your stay at the Ridgeline easy and comfortable by adding on a dinner and breakfast package (advanced planning required)! With the COVID situation, meals will be prepared and delivered, but the group is responsible for heating up the food and serving yourselves (menu options and pricing available upon request). For $75, you can also add on a gear haul and have your bags and or food delivered to the hut, avoiding the hassle of trying to pack everything for your trip in a backpack to take on the ski lift. The gear haul add-on means you can travel with just a light day pack and have everything for your overnight stay arrive at the Ridgeline after the resort closes via a cargo sled. You should be prepared to ski everything out as the gear haul is one way.
If you do plan on a complete self-guided stay, you will need to bring all your own food and beverages to the yurt. There are basic spices, oil, and cooking supplies, as well as metal buckets for melting snow into water. The yurts do have solar lighting, but you will need to bring a headlamp and we suggest you pack extra batteries. Sleeping pads are provided, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bags and pillow for your stay (WRO can provide sleeping bags and pillows if needed for an additional charge). When you leave, you will need to take everything you brought in back out with you—please do not leave trash or food at the yurt! Shovels are provided and you will be responsible for snow removal from platforms, rooves, and paths during your stay.
People reserving the Ridgeline can easily plan a trip without traveling in avalanche terrain. However, you are still responsible for your own safety in the backcountry on a self-guided trip. If planning a backcountry ski outing, everyone should have basic avalanche gear and know how to use it: transceiver, shovel, probe, and backpack. Read the local avalanche forecast, do your own stability test and make smart choices. The winter backcountry can be extremely dangerous and you need to have the necessary skills to travel safely in these areas.
For 2021 we are offering a meal service for those who want to make things easy for food at the yurt. For this service everything is pre pack and prepared for you, but will need to be reheated or warmed up. After COVID we would like to cook for people at the yurts, but for this season we are offering a packed cooler of delicious prepped food. Find more details on the meal link below…
Ridgeline Meal Service PDF
MAKING A RESERVATION
- Look at the calendar below to check availability.
- Input your desired available dates into the rental calendar on our reservation page. Select the yurt and continue through the checkout process to complete your rental. The availability calendar is not updated immediately, but after checkout your reservation is confirmed and your dates are reserved. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with more information and further instructions. Let us know if you have any issues with the reservation system.
GETTING TO THE YURTS
Ridgeline Yurt Location:
The Ridgeline is only accessible from Lost Trail Ski Area. You can purchase a one ride lift ticket for $9 during hours of operation or skin up from the parking lot when ski area is closed. Snowmobiles are not allowed at Lost Trail Ski Area, do not plan on using snowmobiles or asking the ski area for permission.
You will need to catch Chair 4 to get to the yurt if your reservation begins Thursday-Sunday (or during any time the ski area is operational). The lift stops running at 3:30 or 3:45, and you should plan to be there well in advance. Please factor this into your travel time and orientation plan. DO NOT TRY TO CATCH THE LAST CHAIR, BEING LATE CAN INTERRUPT SKI AREA OPERATIONS.
If you haven’t been to the yurt before, we will meet you upon arrival at Lost Trail for a brief orientation where we give you detailed directions, maps and answer any questions. We do highly recommend using a GPS, it’s not called Lost Trail Pass without reason! In a blizzard with limited visibility it is very easy to get turned around out there. With most cell phone providers (Verizon especially) there is service in much of the area, but it’s not great right at the hut. GPS apps for smart phones are a good back up (We use Gaia).
There is also the option to ride a snowcat in and be dropped off right at the Ridgeline Yurts. This option is available through Lost Trail ski area and costs $160/group, which will cover up to two trips to the yurts. The snowcat can take eight people and gear in one trip. We will help set this option up, but you can pay them directly and the will meet you at yurt parking at 4:15 to load up.
When you turn off Highway 93 into Lost Trail, there will be a small lower parking area before the main lot, just after the fork in the road. There is a sign there, “Stateline Yurt Parking.” Please make sure all vehicles are in that area. If you can see the lodge or the main parking lot, you are not in the right spot. We would recommend getting a one ride pass first, then coming back to park.
How do I get to the Ridgeline Yurts: topo map
Ridgeline Yurt directions: Google Earth Map with descriptions
Saddle Mountain Area
North Fork Salmon Area
CalTopo (www.caltopo.com) is a great resource for creating maps.
Ridgeline Rental Rates
Monday – Wednesday
$35 per person per night (6-person minimum)
Additional person +$30 up to ten people
*prices are subject to 6% Idaho Sales Tax
Thursday – Sunday
$45 per person per night (6-person minimum, two night minimum if reserving Friday or Saturday)
Additional person + $30 up to ten people
*prices are subject to 6% Idaho Sales Tax
*price does not include required $9 one ride lift ticket at Lost Trail if you don’t buy a day pass
A 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation. The online availability calendar will update shortly after your reservation is complete.
Check availability below, then enter dates into booking calendar.
Wilderness River Outfitters operates under a special use permit with the Salmon-Challis National Forest. WRO is an equal opportunity provider.
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