Getting there: From Truckee, head west on Interstate 80. Take the Castle Peak exit and park in the sno-park near Boreal Inn. Parking permits are available for $5 a day. It’s a three-mile hike from the parking area to the hut located in the saddle between Castle and Andesite peaks.
Reservations: Peter Grubb hut is one of four ski huts owned by the Sierra Club in the Tahoe area. It costs $15 per person a night. Reservations are required during the winter, especially on weekends, and are given out through a lottery system. Requests for reservations are accepted beginning in late fall. Once the initial lottery is complete, reservations are taken by phone throughout the winter.
The lodging: The hut sleeps up to 15 people in the upstairs loft. The downstairs features a kitchen and a main room with a wood-burning stove. The cabin is stocked with wood in the fall. Expect to split it yourself. It is recommended that you bring bedding, a cook stove and utensils. A two story outhouse is located nearby.
The skiing: Castle and Basin peaks offer some moderate angle skiing and open bowls. Beginners in the backcountry can find mellow terrain around the hut in Round Valley.
Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.