Apr 292014
 

 

Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701

802-775-0814

e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com

. . .  Celebrating our 41st year in Business!

Peter K. and JoAnn K., Owners   

Our  Winter  Shop  Hours are:

Monday, Tuesday  –  Thursday, Friday          

and Saturday 10:00 – 6:00

Sunday 12-4

CLOSED –  Wednesday to ski!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Our Specialties Include:

 

Telemark Skiing

Alpine Touring Skiing

Time to Hike For it!

Cross Country / Back Country Skiing

Thanksgiving Day ' ski out the back door' 2014

Snowshoeing

Technical Outdoor Clothing

by Patagonia and The North Face

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In WintSki Shots - 006er: We are specialists in Telemark ,  Alpine Touring Skiing, Cross Country / Back Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing… We began ‘bending a knee in ’73’ , over 40 + years ago!   It has been our passion ever since.

 

 

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  We still promote ‘square toe’ ‘Tele’ , recommending Scarpa boots, and 22 Designs free pivot bindings… but also have NTN Tele,  for the new wave of skiers who want more power. We can mount any free heel Telemark binding out there. We have all the ‘jigs’ , and expertise, to update, or re-create your Telemark needs, whether your new to the sport, or have been ‘teleing’ for over 40 years like we have.

 We sell  Telemark,  Alpine Touring,  and Metal Edged Back Country Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as climbing skins, and Atlas Snowshoes.We have been waving the flag since the beginning. We talk ‘ Tele’ , ‘AT’, and ‘XC’,  like no other shop in the area, and we’ve been here the longest. We were among the original Tele skiers on the hill in the early 70’s

 

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Alpine touring has recently become a big interest in the Alpine world. With 20+ years of experience there, and growing with the sport, we prefer and promote, the lightweight gear for side and back country skiing, because we  know all about “earning your turns”, and how much weight and flexibility matters! We can teach you all about the ‘uphill’ … and the downhill, on ‘free heel’   ski equipment.

 

 

 

 Our Cross Country selection is also specialized to accommodate the local terrain, and largest customer base we have, of people going out their back door, on logging roads, snowmobile trails, and their own properties. Skis with metal edges, and more width for stability, and more sturdy boot and binding systems, to turn a ski. Our Back country skis go anywhere, unlike the ‘skinny skis’ of earlier generations, that were so hard to balance on, turn on hills, wax, and really belong ‘ in a track only’. We can update and re-educate you about XC /BC too! It’s been our love since we opened in 1976!

 

 

 

We sell all the ‘right’ layers of  ‘Technical Outdoor Clothing’  by Patagonia, and The North Face.  Comfort and warmth on all your outdoor winter adventures is so important, and so many people don’t understand the ‘science of  layering’ to stay warm and comfortable, in cold, wet, and windy outdoor conditions.  We have the quick dry underwear layers, the cozy, warm mid layers, and the technical, waterproof, breathable, shell jackets and pants, that allow you to be outdoors all day, in almost any weather. We’ll be happy to walk you through what you have already, and educate you on what you need, to make the important clothing choices that work, so you can have fun outdoors all day! 

 

 

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We are the survivors, of an ever changing industry and retail world. A ‘Mom and Pop’ Shop, husband and wife team, that has devoted our lives… to selling the best specialty gear available, in the outdoor industry.

That’s our ‘mission’, our ‘mantra’… to outfit you… with the best equipment and clothing combinations available… so you can have the best… ‘day off having fun’ ….with family and friends , you can possibly have. We have reputation to uphold… promoting and providing … ‘Fun Outdoors’ !!! 

Remember our motto: You don’t know unless you go… and… It’s always better than you think!

Ski…Maste.

‘Peter K’ or ‘PK’ … ‘Tele & AT’  ‘Guru’ … Since ’76

He’s the man! You wanna see… it’s worth the drive! No question about it! Ask anybody!

 

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In Summfavorite old website imageser:   Our business is installation of Thule Racks on vehicles, Flatwater Paddling, Stand Up Paddling, Hiking Footwear and Camping Equipment such as Tents, Packs, Sleeping Bags, and Camping Accessories.

 

We 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 can help year round, with which components are needed, to fit your car or truck, roof line, exactly, and expertly install it for you, so you can feel comfortable carrying your gear on your roof at 70 mph!

We offer flat water kayaks, by Hurricane, Wilderness Systems and Perception. We custom fit our boats to each paddlers body size and use,  from small mountain lakes and ponds, to coastal waterways and beyond.

We have Stand Up Paddle boards, by Michael Dolsey, super stable and only 30 lbs, the newest fun adventure sport for a summer workout or just cruising around. On a flat, calm morning, the peacefulness of ‘sup-ping’ is the best! 

We also have hiking  footwear by Asolo, Scarpa, and Salomon, and the gear:  tents, packs and sleeping bags, by The North Face, Osprey, MSR, Black Diamond and lots more…

Our summer sportswear is by Patagonia and The North Face, always the best in staying dry and comfortable.

  We have a downstairs showroom year round.

 

Thule Car and Truck Racks and Accessories

including Installation

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Flat Water Kayaks

2014 Kayak Models arriving soon!

Hiking Boots and Trail Shoes

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Camping Tents, Packs, and Sleeping Bags

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Stand Up Paddleboards

2015 Dolsey SUPS

 

 

 

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 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Feb 032018
 

PK has been product testing a bunch of different skis this week, including Alpine Touring and Tele. Below are a pair of G3 Roamers with the G3 ION alpine touring binding and Scarpa Maestrale boots. He has had ‘a hoot’ on them, even though ‘AT’ is not usually his thing, he is loving the set up, and able to highly recommend it’s performance.

The word from PK: (coming soon!)

Below are a couple of other set ups for Tele that he has tried this week… he’s been getting a couple of runs in at Pico before work. This is the Rossi Sky 7’s with 22 Designs Axl Tele bindings that he feels a whole lot more at home on. He’s been loving’ them!

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And here’s another…The Rossi Experience 88’s, with 22 Design Vice Tele bindings.

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And lastly for this week… The Black Crow Navis Freebird is the final favorite.

The word from PK:

 

 Posted by at 3:04 pm
Feb 032018
 

We are back! I had such a busy January I haven’t been able to keep up. Also, too much work and not enough play! to report. Conditions were night and day from last Sunday to Wednesday. Sunday was a skating rink! We had just enough edge on new sharp skis to travel around the mountain and have some fun, but boy it was slick, and a definite “no fall day”! And a day to watch out for others so as not to take the “slide for your life”.  We stuck to intermediate terrain and had fun, carefully! Wednesday was so much better. Killington had made, and continued to blow, a huge amount of snow, so all the trails we skied from Bear to Needles, then Training Stations to Mousetrap all had a nice, new fresh manmade surface that skied beautifully and was actually soft and really fun! Below are a couple of shots of Murray and I skiing Wildfire on Wednesday. Since then, on Friday, Groundhog Day, we got a very ‘localized’ powder storm of 6″-8″ at home and 8″-10″ on the mountain, that was the softest, lightest dream snow ever ! A total surprise! Yea us!

 Posted by at 2:07 pm
Dec 302017
 

Brrrr … Holy COLD Outside! Christmas week vacationers have been braving the COLD temps this week! Every day has been zero and below, way too cold for man nor beast. We have a steady snow coming down now, with temps staying at -8 to -16 degrees tonight and a high of 5 degrees for Sunday and Monday. After a solid week of it… Arctic Temps are sticking with us until the middle of next week. Maybe 20 degrees on Wednesday! Then frigid again Friday. Looks like January cold is here to stay!

The sun’s been out, so cross country, backcountry, uphill … alpine touring  and snowshoeing in the woods could be the best choices til the temps come up a bit, for any extended time lift service skiing. Keeping moving will be the key! And warm mittens!

No adventures into the unknown!  Not a bright idea! A friend of ours picked up a couple of teenagers, ( 1 snowboard/ 1 skier) way outside the area at 3:00 in the afternoon, at zero degrees!  this week, and ‘made them’ boot pack an hour back up to the area. It was an unskiable breakable crust, so not even an awesome powder day for an excuse. ‘They love adventures’ they said! little did they know, they could have easily and likely been lost all night. Not to mention the state police and a full KSAR call looking for them for the 3 mile slog out , IF they found there way! They were some lucky boys! They have no idea how lucky! So be careful out there! Be Prepared! Be Smart! Stay ‘on piste’ or close to a reasonable return routes in these cold temperatures!

We have had our biggest December ever, selling all kinds of gear, we are sold out of a couple of models of nordic skis and boots, all our BD skins are gone ( more coming next week) Peter has sold out of G3 Ion’s (AT bindings) twice, and just got his 3rd shipment in of those. He’s been 8 and 10 skis backed up on the bench and working til 8 every night to get the bench work done. No quick mounts this week! We’ve been crazy busy! Give us a call if your looking for gear, so we can check and see if we have it. We have ‘tele’ and ‘AT’ skiers coming from all over the Northeast to find our specialty equipment.  Wavin’ the flag!

 Posted by at 5:47 pm
Dec 202017
 

 

Wishing you a Christmas full of wonderful ‘winter adventures’ !!

Love and Happiness with Family and Friends! We are blessed to have you as customers and friends and wish you a Happy New Year !

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Conditions on the mountain are extra firm right now, but we are expecting a substantial storm coming this weekend. Just in time for Christmas vacation. Hope you all have a great week of skiing.

Merry Christmas!

 

 Posted by at 3:59 pm
Nov 132017
 

Great news! The mountain is open to the bottom and it’s been snowing all day today! Peter has skied Wednesday, Sunday and Monday since Killington opened last week, beginning on the Glades (North Ridge) with the ‘catwalk stairway’ ascent/decent, to the opening of Great Northern this weekend, so we now have skiing to the bottom.

They have been cranking out the snow on Superstar day and night for over a week now getting ready for the Women’s World Cup event coming to Killington in only 2 weeks! It is impressive! The amount of snow depth they are putting down, they have doubled up the guns and it’s looking so good they are definitely on line to pull it off for another year. Temps have been just right to get the job done! yea!

We have been BUSY! The cold and snow has made the shop come alive with skiers who want their gear now ! and are looking for warm layers! Saturday Peter couldn’t keep up with the mounts!

PK has been skiing K2 Pinnacle 88’s, his new favorite ski. Speaking of ‘doing the job’, and ‘being impressed’, he is loving this ski! Below is his ‘ski report’ for the first 3 days… the season is upon us!

PK  Day 3,  Ski Report, Week of Nov 13

The best snow so far this season and top to bottom to boot! Skiing in the first snowstorm off the year was fantastic.

One inch of freskies on top of a velvet base made for some quiet round turns. The cover on Mousetrap was really deep and untracked. Lot’s of fun making deep tele turns. The temps will be moderating this week so conditions should remain really good. Killington is going all out with  snowmaking on Superstar and the World Cup preparations are coming along nicely.

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 2:58 pm