Everyone knows the best part of a backcountry hut trip is the hut part. Sure, the seven-mile tour in with all those damn kick turns “felt great” and the skiing you’ll do tomorrow is what you’ll write home about. But let’s not kid ourselves—it’s all an excuse to sit by the fire in our long johns with a mug of whiskey. We need to start appreciating skiing for the leisure activity it is—and any of these hut booties will help. We picked hut booties with warm insulation and durable soles so wether you’re chopping fire wood, making a run for the outhouse, or just putting your feet up—we’ve got you covered.
These Teva booties are like small puffy jackets for your feet. While they don’t pack down as small as an all-down bootie, they have the heavy traction sole you’re used to from Teva, making them the most supportive and durable booties on this list. The rubber sole is supportive enough to be worn like a real shoe too—whether that’s to walk the dog or around the campsite this summer. The collapsable heel lets you wear them like a slipper for easy on and off. The fit is a bit wide, but otherwise true to size.
The most traditional hut bootie in the line up, the men’s version of this down bootie gets top marks for the high cuff that keeps snow out and adds to the overall feeling of being all tucked in for the night. The women’s version stops at the ankle and are better if like the ease of a slip-on. Both options, however, have a great rubber sole that’s made with 40 percent recycled materials and has great traction. The ripstop outer is backed with ThermoBall insulation, which has the warmth equivalent to 600 fill goose down. These suckers are toasty.
Glerups AR Rubber Shoe
I’ve sung the praises of these all-wool booties before, and this year’s Glerup bootie has an all-new rubber sole that bumps up the overall performance in a big way. While the leather sole would eventually wear out, the rubber sole is durable, provides added traction, and makes these Scanadinvaian wonders a lot more pratcial for wearing outside. Made of 100-percent wool, they can handle moisture from sweaty feet and melted snow and still provide enough structure and support. After five or six wears, they started to conform to my feet as well, so they feel like custom-molded footbeds. Usually, I wear them barefoot, but for extra warmth there's room for a pair of thick socks, too.
Your boot liner
$ kind of free since you already have them…
Whether you’re traveling light, you’re cheap and always have been, or you forgot to pack your favorite hut booties from this list, your ski boot liners will work in a pinch. Fine for shuffling around the hut, we don’t recommend taking them out in any soft snow that will get them wet. If you do need to make a trek to the outhouse, though, make sure to dry them out by the fire overnight before slipping them back into your boots in the morning.
Minnetonka Pile Lined Hardsole
I’ve had a pair of Minnetonka slippers going on eight or nine years now and while the lining has certainly packed out, I like to think of them as custom-molded. They don’t pack down as small as some of the down booties, but the hard sole is slip-resistant, warm, and the outer is more durable than the rest as they aren’t as susceptible to burns from hot embers or water damage. While they’re perfect for in and around the hut, they won’t keep snow out so stay out of the deep stuff.