Apr 292014


Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701


e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com


Our Specialties Include:


Telemark Skiing

Alpine Touring Skiing

Backcountry / XC Skiing


Technical Outdoor Clothing

Hiking and Trail Shoes

  Thule Car Racks

Camping Equipment


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“Hiking, Paddling and ‘Bending a Knee’ since ’73”

…. this is our 38th year!

  We have a beautiful selection of  ‘outdoor lifestyle ‘ clothing by Patagonia, The North Face,  Ibex,  Black Diamond, and  Kuhl . 

In Winter: We are specialists in Telemark Skiing. We began ‘bending a knee in ’73’ and it has been our passion ever since. We ‘talk Tele’ like no other shop around. We know all about “earning your turns”, we can teach you all about the ‘uphill’ and the downhill on ‘freeheel’ equipment. We sell Telemark,  XC, BC,  Alpine Touring/ Randonne’ Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as climbing skins, trimmed to fit, for the uphill workout.

Closed Wednesdays in the Winter. (Thanksgiving until Easter)

In Summer: We offer flatwater kayaks, custom fit to each paddlers use, from small mountain ponds to coastal waterways. We have a Thule rack specialist who can recommend and install a car rack on your vehicle to carry anything from cargo boxes, to bikes, to boats and ladders…We have hiking and camping footwear and gear, along with the technical outdoor clothing  by Patagonia and The North Face for all your summer adventures. 


Our  Winter  Shop  Hours  are:

Monday, Tuesday, _ Thursday, Friday, Saturday  10:00 -6:00

Sunday     12:00 – 5:00

CLOSED    Wednesdays … to Ski  !!


 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Feb 062015

These past two weeks have been the best ski touring we have had all year.  The days we’ve been waiting for to climb up to our favorite spot with a view and cherish the moment. This is my perfect, quiet place, to escape minutes from home. The view is from Chittenden looking West from Birdseye to the North all the way down to Danby Mtn and Mt. Equinox to the South. It’s Beautiful!

Birdseye View

Birdseye View

Below are the nordic ‘ Tele ‘  turns I earned on lightweight gear, yesterday morning before work.  Hiking up through a cool, old growth, sugarbush, to the top of the farms high meadow. Hope all you skiers out there are experiencing some glorious sunny days skiing the backcountry in your favorite places… More turns!

BC Turns

BC Turns

 Posted by at 3:27 pm
Jan 062015
Snowmaking brings it back around

Snowmaking brings it back around…

When you see a snow maker … Thank him for his great work!
The Northeast continues to challenge us with changing conditions, everyday is different. We know that’s what makes us great skiers! Sunday we went up to Killington expecting icing and rain and firm sliding, and instead we got warm, 2-3 inches of soft, spring like cream cheese. There was an inversion with a noticeably cold cloud at the base of Needles Eye, and the mid mountain of Superstar quad was beautiful skiing. We did several runs on Skylark and Bittersweet, upper Ovation was great and, believe it or not Vertigo was soft and totally edge able.
Now we have some very firm conditions with everything frozen solid. The mountain will work hard making snow to get the best cover possible with the cold snap this week.
Remember our motto:
You never know unless you go, and it’s always better than you think!

 Posted by at 11:51 am
Dec 312014
Stratton from Killington Peak

Stratton from Killington Peak

May all your turns be deep and white.
May all your days be filled with friendship, laughter and love.

upper upper catwalk

upper upper catwalk

We are humbled by your support and confidence and friendship.
We thank all our customers for standing by us, appreciating us, and encouraging us to carry on.                                                                                We try our very best to serve you.

sunset up high

sunset up high

We hope your New Year is blessed with the joys in your life,
as well as Health, Prosperity, and Love.

JoAnn & Peter K.


photos: courtesy of our friend Chris M.

 Posted by at 12:33 pm
Dec 072014
Mike D Thanksgiving 2014

  Mike D Thanksgiving 2014

Anne R Thanksgiving 2014

Anne R Thanksgiving 2014

We’ve had lots of hard frozen conditions this season so far, a freeze, then a thaw, a freeze, then a thaw. Groomers have tried to work the surface as best they can. They have done an awesome job this year. Thanksgiving day was a foot of nice powder, a little on the heavy side, with some rubble underneath in spots. Then last Wednesday was a beautiful soft corn snow day that was as good as it gets for early skiing. Every day is different. That’s what we love about skiing. Remember our motto: “It’s always better than you think, and you never know unless you go!”

 Posted by at 4:18 pm