THE STATELINE YURT
Situated at 7,200 feet in the Bitterroot Mountain Range, the Stateline Yurt is the gateway to the expansive Lost Trail backcountry. Even as remote as Lost Trail Ski Area itself is—about a hundred miles south of Missoula, Montana—it is on the very edge of this wild tract of land, home to abundant powder and high-quality backcountry terrain that has been skied by few. With a warm and cozy wilderness basecamp, you can start your adventure early and return at dusk, rather than waste a large part of the day driving just to start your ski in.
There is terrain accessible from the Stateline for both novices and experts, varying from low-angle trees to more aggressive big mountain skiing and riding. At 8,460 feet, nearby peak Saddle Mountain offers great skiing opportunities on the Montana side of the state line, while the North Fork of the Salmon drainage contains some excellent options in Idaho. Let us know what your experience level is and what you’re looking for, and we can advise you on areas to check out. The Stateline Yurt is available for rent by people experienced in backcountry travel, backcountry skiing or snowboarding.
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The Stateline Yurt is a 20-foot diameter Mongolian style yurt located a little over a mile from the Lost Trail Ski Area boundary. The structure is outfitted with four beds, a table for food preparation, and all the eating and cooking utensils needed for your stay. There is a 4-burner propane stove, a Weber Grill, a dinner table with 4 chairs, and several other seating options. A small wood stove heats the yurt, and firewood is supplied. There are sleeping pads inside the yurt for your stay, but we do not provide sleeping bags. There is a pit toilet facility on site and on a clear day the views are unbeatable!
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
You will need to bring all your own food and beverages to the Stateline Yurt. Basic spices and oil are provided, but you will want to take any special items you may need. Metal buckets are provided for melting snow into water. There is a solar light system in the yurt, but bring a headlamp and we suggest you bring extra batteries. When you leave the Stateline, please take everything you brought in back out with you. Do not leave trash or food at the yurt!
The Stateline Yurt is available for experienced backcountry users, as this is not a guided trip. You are responsible for your own safety in the backcountry. When skiing in the backcountry 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.
All members of the party will be required to sign the yurt rental agreement prior to renting or using the facility. The Stateline Yurt is only accessible from Lost Trail Ski Area. You can purchase a one ride lift ticket for $7 during hours of operation or skin up from the parking lot when ski area is closed. Allow plenty of time if planning on riding chair four as your access at the end of the day, don’t try to catch last chair. Snowmobiles are not allowed at Lost Trail Ski Area, do not plan on using snowmobiles or asking the ski area for permission.
MAKING A RESERVATION
- Look at the calendar below to check availability.
- Download and read the Stateline Yurt Rental Agreement.
- Input dates into the rental calendar on our reservation page. Continue through checkout process to complete rental. Availability calendar is not updated immediately, but after checkout your reservation is confirmed and your dates are reserved. Let us know if you have any issues with reservation system.
- Complete the Yurt Rental Agreement, scan, and e-mail to [email protected] or fax to 208.756.8246.
FINDING THE YURT
Once you have completed the Yurt Rental Agreement, you will be emailed a PDF document with a map, directions to the site (including GPS coordinates), emergency contact information, and more. We highly recommend using a GPS, it’s not called Lost Trail Pass without reason! In a windy 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). Overnight parking at Lost Trail needs to be done in the specific yurt parking area to avoid inconveniencing or interrupting ski area operations. When you leave the yurt, follow the check out instructions included in the yurt PDF document.
CalTopo (www.caltopo.com) is a great resource for creating maps.
STATELINE RENTAL RATES
Monday – Wednesday
$25 per person per night (4-person minimum, two night minimum)
Price for one night only stay w/ four people: $120 flat rate, additional person +$30
Thursday – Sunday (price does not include the required $7 one ride lift ticket at Lost Trail if you don’t buy a day pass)
$35 per person per night (4-person minimum, two night minimum if reserving Friday or Saturday)
Price for one night only stay w/ four people: $160 flat rate, additional person +$40
*all prices are subject to 6% Idaho Sales Tax
A 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation. The calendar of availability will update when reservation is complete.
The Stateline Yurt is operated under a special use permit on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.