Apr 292014


Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701


e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com

. . .  this is our 40th year!    

  Our Specialties Include:


Technical Outdoor Clothing


Hiking and Trail Shoes


Packs, Tents and Sleeping Bags


Thule Car Racks



2014 Kayak Models arriving soon!

Stand Up Paddleboards

2015 Dolsey SUPS

Telemark Skiing

   Alpine Touring Skiing

Time to Hike For it!

Backcountry / XC Skiing


favorite old website images

In Summer: We offer flatwater kayaks, by Hurricane, Wilderness Systems and Perception, custom fit to each paddlers use,  from small mountain ponds to coastal waterways. Back this season, we have Stand Up Paddleboards, the newest fun adventure sport for a summer workout or just cruising around. We  also have a Thule rack specialist who can recommend and install a car or truck rack on your vehicle to carry anything from cargo boxes, to skis, to bikes, to boats and ladders…We have hiking and camping footwear and gear, tents, packs and sleeping bags.  We have a downstairs showroom year round.

In WintSki Shots - 006er: We are specialists in Telemark , Backcountry and Alpine Touring Skiing… We began ‘bending a knee in ’73’ and it has been our passion ever since. We ‘talk Tele’ and ‘AT’  like no other shop in the area. We know all about “earning your turns”,  and can teach you all about the ‘uphill’ … and the downhill, on ‘free heel’   ski equipment. We sell  Telemark,  Alpine Touring,  and Metal Edged Back Country Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as climbing skins, and Atlas Snowshoes.  We carry technical outdoor clothing  by Patagonia, The North Face, Ibex, and Kuhl,  for comfort and warmth on all your winter adventures.  

Jk Lake Champlain Crossing


Our  Summer  Shop  Hours  are:

  Tuesday  –  Friday

10:00 – 6:00


10:00 – 4:00 

   CLOSED …  Sunday and Monday



 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Jun 092016

Stand UP Paddling is the crazy new sport you see people doing out on the lake. It is challenging, fun, aerobic, and gives you a GREAT ‘core workout! It takes a lot of balance… but there are some great board designs that are lightweight, wide, and stable, to help you have fun on the water, without the feeling that ‘you might fall in’ any minute! We like it best, early in the morning, or at dusk, when the water is flat and calm.

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Supp…ing around at ‘full height’ gives you a relaxing, fun experience to see the sights in and out of the water from a new perspective, while getting a workout. You aren’t going very far, for nearly as long as you might in a kayak. It’s really fun to ‘Stand Up’ and paddle! We love it!

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Taking it to the ocean with you on vacation proposes a whole new challenge riding rolling waves, watching for striped bass, and for the more experienced, actually ‘surfing’ some waves! It’s the best.. for a ‘sunset cruise’ on Cape Cod Bay!


At Mountain Travelers we have chosen Michael Dolsey SUP Boards from Virginia. With a Surf background, (who knows more about board design!) Our Dolsey boards are designed to be lightweight (+/- 30 lbs), super stable, and fast cruising through the water for efficiencey. We have a ‘poly/plastic’ model that is more durable, and our favorites, which are a ‘poly carbonate’, wood veneer, with carbon fiber rails, that is a really nice, fun, paddling board. Our prices range from $849 – $1249.

Come check out our Michael Dolsey Designs Stand UP Paddle Boards!  The colors are beautiful! Hand picked by us !

2015 Dolsey SUPS

 Dolsey SUPS



 Posted by at 4:07 pm
Jun 092016

Kayaking has grown as a sport in recent years for lots of reasons!


There’s nothing much better than getting out on the water on a hot summer day, to cool yourself off, to get away from the busy…ness of  life, and relax, and enjoy the calming, pleasure of watching water, wildlife, and the beauty of the Green Mountains. Our local Chittenden Reservoir is a jewel of a lake for finding privacy, remoteness, and a ‘close to wilderness’ experience, just a few miles from home. How lucky are we… to have it in our backyard!

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PK,  paddling Chittenden Reservoir, and a Moose sighting close to the same spot , in the back cove by Mt Carmel.


Here at Mountain Travelers, we pride ourselves in fitting the right boat to the right person. Whether you are a first timer, who has a friend who wants you to go with them, a ladies day “kai…yakking’.  A guy wanting to get into some remote cove for some great bass fishing, or a more experienced paddler, looking to upgrade to a lighter, more efficient, sleeker boat design… We have a boat for you! We are experts with 40 years of paddling experience, schooled on the coast of Maine, we know kayaks and can explain why we recommend the best boat for what reasons.

You will have your kayak for 10+ years. In 2 years, it won’t be about ‘the deal you got’ … because you weren’t sure you were going to like it. We know you’ll love it! It’s about ‘the paddling experience’… the fun you have…If you spend the little extra $100-$200  ( a couple dinners out!) to get the right boat size, that fits you, or is lighter by 10lbs, so you can lift it onto your car, or a ‘MAN’ size boat for a man! … all those things are why WE are a specialty store that cares, compared to a big box store with ” the deal”! !

Come check out our selection of affordable polyethelene kayaks by Perception and Wilderness Experience, and our upgrade Polycarbonate kayaks by Hurricane, for a quote on the lightest, most efficient paddling kayaks available in the area. We care about the boat ‘fitting’ the person, for the uses they have in mind.

Hurricane Santee kid

We also have an expert, certified, THULE Rack Master, in house, to help you figure out how to ‘carry’ your kayaks on your vehicle safely, considering the needs of single women, or the guy who wants to carry cargo boxes, bikes, and ladders as well… There are 100’s of different car shapes to challenge us! We install for FREE with a full rack system.

Come talk to us and we can send you home with a catalog and a quote on the best boat and auto rack for your needs!

 Posted by at 3:23 pm
May 252016

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Our Hurricane kayaks from North Carolina, and Michael Dolsey SUP boards from Virginia, via Maine, have arrived and are on display for you to see. We have one more shipment coming next week from Confluence (Perception/ Wilderness Systems ) and then we’ll be up to speed for the summer. All our life vests (PFD’s), paddles, and paddling accessories are in as well. Dolsey SUP’s are big, and stable and really lightweight, all in the 30 lb range. The colors are awesome! Come check them out for some summer fun on the water!

2015 Dolsey SUPS

 Posted by at 5:11 pm
Mar 282016

This was just sent to us from Germany.  Love to hear from our ski friends around the world!


I bought telemark skis from you guys 5 or 6 years ago, and am still using and loving them. I’m from NH but live in Germany now, and went skiing in South Tirol recently. I took a picture there with your sticker on the skis, thought you might like it!

Keep spreading the good tele word back home!
15-12-25-Val-Gardena, Tirol, Germany

15-12-25-Val-Gardena, Tirol, Germany

 Posted by at 2:10 pm
Mar 082016

Demos For SALE

K2 Shreditor 102 (179) with 22 Designs Vice Binding – Reg. Price $770 – Sale $569

K2 Rictor 90 (177) with NTN Rottefella Freedom Binding – Reg. Price $1160 – Sale $699

G3 District 100 Carbon (177) with Black Diamond O1 Binding – Reg. Price $990 – Sale $749

K2 Lyric (W’s) (165) with Black Diamond O1 binding – Reg. Price $900 – Sale $459

K2 Backdrop (174) with G3 Ion 12 Alpine Touring ‘pin tech’ Binding – Reg. Price $ 1250 – Sale $749

 Posted by at 4:05 pm