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Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701

802-775-0814

e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com

. . .  Celebrating our 40th year in Business!   

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  Our Specialties Include:

 

 Telemark Skiing

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   Alpine Touring Skiing

Time to Hike For it!

Backcountry / XC Skiing

Thanksgiving Day ' ski out the back door' 2014

Snowshoeing

Technical Outdoor Clothing

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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, and The North Face,  for comfort and warmth on all your outdoor winter adventures.  

Hiking and Trail Shoes

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Packs, Tents and Sleeping Bags

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Thule Car Racks

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Kayaks

2014 Kayak Models arriving soon!

Stand Up Paddleboards

2015 Dolsey SUPS

In Summfavorite old website imageser: We offer flatwater kayaks, by Hurricane, Wilderness Systems and Perception, custom fit to each paddlers use,  from small mountain ponds to coastal waterways. We have Stand Up Paddleboards, by Michael Dolsey, 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.

 

Our  Winter  Shop  Hours  are:

Monday,  Tuesday  –  Thursday, Friday &  Saturday

10:00 – 6:00 

 Sunday   12:00 – 5:00 

   CLOSED …  Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

                            

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Nov 272016
 

We did it! It was fantastic! Killington pulled it off!  Huge! The FIS Women’s Ski World Cup !!! Here at our home mountain! It was pretty exciting to witness! The event went off without a hitch!

We never doubted for a minute they could get the snow made! Because nobody is better than Killington at that! The weather didn’t help much, giving them every bit of challenge from warm weather, to rain and fog! We lucked out with a 15+ inch storm the Sunday before, and it was enough to do it! The event was really great! We hope you got to see this ‘once in a lifetime event!’ They built 2 sets of huge VIP grandstands, and a huge, gigantic tent over the umbrella bar tent, media and event tents and structures everywhere. They did awesome! It was impressive!

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I watched the GS on NBC sports on Saturday and was so inspired by the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, and it goes without saying… the racers! The best of the best were here! The cutest little girls you’d ever want to see, just going for it! Micaela Shiffrin came in first place and skied strong and hard to outshine the competition in her home state! Winning the whole weekend! Then there were the Swiss, Italians, Austrians and all the rest that did awesome! They were off each others time by …like, 6400th’s of a second or something like that. The times we all so close. I’ve seen lots of European ski races on TV, but nothing was like seeing it up close and personal and hearing the roar of the crowd!

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We heard a few nightmares of lines and bus waits on Saturday, Esp. at Pico,  that made us wary of going at all, but after watching it on TV I had to experience it first hand. So instead of doing the ‘park and ride’ at Pico, I decided to go up the access road as far as I could go. What the heck, I could only get turned away, so I didn’t even leave the house til 7:30, and I was able to drive right up to beyond the Medical building across from Snowshed, was the 2nd to the last to park on the access road, and I got a bus ride up in two minutes, and through security in 1 minute, and was up on the hill 1/2 hr from leaving home. It was seamless. Same thing getting out. 3 minute bus wait and I was out of there. Saw the race, stopped for lunch, and was at work by noon. Couldn’t have been easier!

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I climbed half way up the first pitch of Superstar, found a flat spot on a water bar, and got a perfect view of the race. Getting there was no problem at all! I could see from the crest of the hill to the finish line. It was exciting to see! Tremendously talented, world class athletes, on the Tour of their lives! skiing their hearts out! Their were Europeans all around us, speaking all kinds of different languages, here to see their loved ones, little, awesome, twenty somethings just going for it. The crowds were yelling and the cow bells were going off! Flags flying! It was cool. Really fun to see.   Yea! us!  yea! Killington! for a successful event! Bravo!

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 4:23 pm
Nov 172016
 

 

We have an exciting week coming up with a substantial drop in temperatures and snow in the forecast by Sunday! We’ve been very patient waiting… getting teased… by our 2 runs on The Glades, for a month now. At least we’ve had that! Conditions continue to be very good, we hear. We’ve missed our last couple of days off with other commitments, but word on the hill is… it’s holding up well and after the next couple of days of high 50’s we see a pattern of cold nights and maybe even an accumulation of snow by Monday.

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The Women’s World Cup is scheduled to come to Killington next week! Nov 26-27, after all…  we’ve gotta get some snow made! Quick! From what we see, Superstar is completely covered (see the web cam) and they continue to make great progress, even with the last 4 days of unending FOG… and misty rain. We need a break! and it’s going to happen! they have been making snow every minute they can, and grooming and building grandstand structures all around in preparation. We are very excited to hear there are 21 international teams coming to our mountain to train and race next week! That’s very cool! The best of the best will be here… Mikela Shiffrin has been here to check it out already on Monday after returning from her win in the World Cup Slalom season opener in Finland ! ( she won her 2nd reindeer!) Killington got the ‘official word’ today from the FIS that the race will be held!

Let’s hope we get enough snow cover to make the mountain look like winter! We expect 10,000- 20,000 visitors to the area over this Thanksgiving weekend. Pretty exciting for the VT ski industry to get the season off and running!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Hope you get to enjoy the races!

 

 Posted by at 1:12 pm
Nov 032016
 

We got in 8 runs on The Glades (Northridge Triple) yesterday. Conditions were soft corn snow on a firm but very edgeable surface. Mild temps and no snow guns.  Lots of nice easy bumps and good cover, full width, top to bottom, for the most part, except for a couple of rocky crossover spots. It was socked in and foggy on the lift, but easy enough to see on the hill. The crowd was very small, we skied right on to the lift. We were able to ski down from the top and then had to do the stair climb back up to the top for the gondola ride down.  It was a great first (lift) day for me, and day 2  for Peter and the ‘tele’  gang. The season has begun with an excellent start.

The weather looks to be turning colder for the weekend through next week, so that will give them a chance to refresh the surface with several good nights of snow making. Come on up and get some turns in!    We’re skiing!!

 

 

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 Posted by at 2:27 pm
Oct 262016
 

The mountain got 5 1/2 inches of snow Sunday and several more snow squalls through in the past couple of days and nights to make it really look like winter. They opened yesterday afternoon to passholders and we heard it was a little rough, and tough to negotiate, as the first day always is. Nothing like a good blast of wet snow guns, iced up goggles, and clothing, and the roar of the snow guns to introduce the season! even a free hat and a free lunch! Ha!

The usual 2 runs on the Glades ( Northridge Triple)  are open top to bottom. Lots of ‘stair climbs’ required. I will have an updated report when PK gets home from the mountain this afternoon, with the first ‘mountain report’.  :)

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You can also see, they are cranking out the snow on SuperStar ! Getting it ready for the BIG Event!

The Women’s World Cup! is coming to Killington! on Thanksgiving Weekend! Get ready to see the Best of the Best! right here on our mountain! They are not wasting any time, they are working on the snow depth, every hour they have the temps to make snow. We’re looking forward to a great year!

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 Posted by at 1:35 pm
Oct 262016
 

We got 5 inches of snow last Saturday night, so we got out our ‘skinny skis’ and did a nice Nordic tour up on Pico Sunday morning. The snow was a little wet and packy, so perfect for a nice tour of moderate terrain, a short climb up to KA, and a fun straight run back down. We had a blast. It was awesome to be back on skis, without a lift, all by ourselves, just touring around….that’s my favorite! It couldn’t have been better!

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We used our Madshus No Wax, Eon’s and Epoch skis, NNN BC boots and bindings… no muss, no fuss, nice and super lightweight and efficient. Cross country on the mountain… no lifts, no heavy equipment, just a walk in the park…

Love It!!

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Here’s a picture of Pico and Killington today… up close you can see them cranking out the snow on the Glades!

The season has begun… PK is up there skiing his 2nd day on the mountain, lift access, as we speak.  Yea!

 Posted by at 1:12 pm