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

We will be OPEN … Wednesday afternoons …. 12/17 and 12/21   …. 12:00 – 5:00 

 Posted by at 5:01 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
Dec 072014


Thanksgiving Day ' ski out the back door' 2014

Thanksgiving Day ‘ ski out the back door’ 2014

We got just enough snow Thanksgiving morning to get in a quick backcountry ski out the backdoor with our son Michael.
Wet snow on unfrozen ground was a bit tricky, you had to be careful not to stomp too hard or the 2 inches of snow we had would be stuck to the bottom of your skis! I skied woodies with old’jack rabbit’ wax on the bottom and it worked perfect. We skied up the yard like when he was 10. Fun!
We also built some cool snowmen! It was perfect snowman snow, they just rolled up in minutes! snow much fun!

Thanksgiving Snowmen

Thanksgiving Snowmen

 Posted by at 3:51 pm
Nov 202014



Above is our longtime Killington Patrol buddy, Vern, working hard to get the mountain in shape, they do a lot of trouble shooting around the mountain these days to get the surface conditions skiable. Monday’s rainstorm was a bit bleak after the stellar conditions over the weekend. We didn’t loose too much cover, but boy did it firm it up! It was hard and a bit teeth chattering Wednesday pm, not exactly icy, but firm and unforgiving.  The cover is full width and length top to bottom, no rocks or grass anywhere. It was fun to be out skiing, but cold and hard compared to my first day. Not quite as ‘user friendly’.

Snow making has a bunch ( I think 200) of new snow guns that are putting out a huge amount of snow. Much more efficient, requiring  much less water and air. And they are quiet! What a pleasure! The temps have been really cold, so they are making good head way to resurface the hard surface after the rain as well as get a lot of new terrain open for the holiday week coming up. So far the 3 trails, Rime, Reason, and Upper Dipper on North Ridge are open, Snowdon has Upper Bunny, Mouse, Middle Chute, Mouse Trap and Lower Bunny open. They opened East Fall today and it’s looking like they will get Ram’s Head and maybe Skyelark by next week.

Come skiing! It is so fun to be out! Challanging, exhilarating, skillful, and fun comraderie that makes us all love skiing.


 Posted by at 5:39 pm