Apr 292014


Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701


e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com


Our Specialties Include:


   Stand Up Paddle Boards

Thule Car Racks

Technical Outdoor Clothing

Hiking and Trail Shoes

Packs, Tents and Sleeping Bags

Telemark Skiing

Alpine Touring Skiing

Backcountry / XC Skiing



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

…. this is our 38th year!

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 bikes, to boats and ladders…We have hiking and camping footwear and gear, tents, packs and sleeping bags, along with the technical outdoor clothing  by Patagonia and The North Face for all your summer adventures. 

In Winter: 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”. We can teach you all about the ‘uphill’ and the downhill on ‘freeheel’ equipment. We sell Telemark,  XC, Metal Edged Backcountry,  Alpine Touring/ Randonne’ Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as climbing skins, and Atlas Snowshoes. We have a downstairs showroom year round.


Our  Summer Shop  Hours  are:

 Tuesday Thru Friday     10:00 -6:00

                                                   Saturday      10:00 – 4:00

CLOSED   Sundays   and   Mondays


Additional Vacation Days….

Closed … Friday and Saturday,  June 5th and 6th … for our Son’s Wedding!

Closed … Wednesday thru Saturday,  June 17th – 20th … for our 40th Anniversary!

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
May 152015

Hurricane Santee kid

Hurricane Kayaks have arrived! Our favorites to recommend…because they are lightweight, sleek designed, glossy and beautiful. A pleasure to paddle because they glide through the water with ease. Especially suitable for women because they are up to 10 lbs lighter than most ‘plastic’ kayaks, so therefore, MUCH easier to load and unload by yourself. 10 models to choose from, they are the perfect ‘upgrade’ for someone looking to buy … a better product, that is light, and paddles better, and more efficiently, than a basic plastic boat.

Hurricane Santee 116 Sport

Hurricane Santee 116 Sport

The Hurricane Santee 116 is our most popular model. It comes in a large cockpit style like the one shown above, for people with limited mobility, those who wish to take a dog, a small child, or gear with them, or just plain feel more comfortable in a large cockpited boat. Also sold with a regular size ‘key hole’ cockpit. Both sell for $999.00.


 Posted by at 3:01 pm
May 152015

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We are back in business… selling an awesome line of  ‘Stand Up Paddle Boards’ by a shaper named Michael Dolsey.

We just traveled to Brunswick, Maine to pick them out and bring them to home to Vermont.

More stable than other brands of the same size, they are durable, stable and really fun to paddle. We carry 3 different models and price ranges for a variety of uses.

The ‘Bumper’ 10’8    is a durable soft top, with reinforced deck and side rails, and built in traction.         $1025.00

The ‘Bam Bam’ 10’8     is durable and stable with a PC skin, carbon fiber reinforced deck, kevlar rail, wood veneer top  and bottom, gloss finish, and it surfs really well.                                                                                                $1259.00

The ‘EZ Wider’ 10′      is wide, stable, hand shaped, white w/ a 1 piece colored deck pad, has a more pointed ‘surf style’ nose and also surfs really well.                                                                                                                                        $ 929.00

Check out our new ‘SUP’ boards and paddles on display in our showroom.

It’s quiet, it’s relaxing, it’s a challange, and it’s fun!





 Posted by at 2:26 pm
Apr 232015


The Thule Hullaport Pro 


The Thule Hullavator

It’s time to start thinking about vacations for Summer, and we have the car and truck racks to get your gear on the roof, and to your vacation destination. Starting with a base rack, and building from there, we have the accessories to be able to carry kayaks, canoes, bikes, and cargo boxes. Call us or stop by for a quote. The time frame is approximately one week. We have most of the components in stock, but may have to order a ‘fit kit’ to fit the exact roof line of your vehicle. Installation is free, by appointment with the purchase of a ‘full rack system’.



Thule rear loading bike rack for a Toyota Rav 4

 Posted by at 1:14 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