The Ultimate Gear Guide for Backcountry Hut Trips
Backcountry skiing to an isolated cabin high in the mountains is one of the most incredible experiences you can have. Make sure you have the right gear to travel safely and enjoy your time there!
Curated by Jason Hatfield
While hut tripping can require more planning and special gear than backpacking, it's quickly become one of my favorite winter and spring adventures. Most ski huts come with wood stoves, propane burners, cookware, sleeping pads, books, games, and an endless supply of meltable water. After a backpacking season of sleeping in tents, the thought of staying in a remote cabin almost sounds like undeserved luxury! A decent amount of gear is still required though, and over the course of a dozen plus hut trips I've come up with the equipment that works best for me while ensuring an exciting adventure. As with a lot of ski gear, the equipment that best fits you might be slightly different.
I use my summer backpack for winter trips too because it's incredibly light and easy to ski with whether I'm carrying all my gear or just day-trip stuff. I keep my avalanche safety equipment inside the main body in case of a slide but the generous outside pockets are great for layer swaps, snacks, and water.Get it Now
These pants are even better than the jacket with large hip to knee vents and built-in power-strap compatible gaiters.Get it Now
I love down booties for hut trips for not only relaxing around the hut, but the occasional quick foray into the snow to catch sunrise or sunset. The taller cuffs on these help keep out snow when post-holing to a photo location.Get it Now
Being a photographer, weight is always important in my gear decisions. I'm already carrying many pounds more than most of my friends. When these skins came on the market I was intrigued by not only their lighter design but the fact they can't absorb water like most skins. They're not great in super steep icy terrain, but they excel in almost all conditions found on hut trips!Get it Now
Here's an area where I definitely went a little heavy when a lot of people go light. Why you might ask? I wanted a shovel that's designed to be used a lot, and most lightweight backcountry shovels start to break down after a season of heavy use. I use to shovel my car out of snowy parking lots, create benches and caves, and to dig out spots for photos. After a couple seasons it still looks practically new.Get it Now
I shot with a Sony a7R II but that's going to be overkill for most people. The a6500 has lightning fast auto-focus and speed for shooting skiers as well as 4k video. The Sony App store has some pretty cool features too including an app that will setup time-lapse shoots.Get it Now