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.

Open Sundays 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  Spring Shop  Hours  are:

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

                                                   Saturday      10:00 – 5:00

CLOSED   Sundays   and   Wednesdays     for April & May

CLOSED for vacation… April 19th – May 3rd

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Mar 262015

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Penny Sale!      Our Annual Winter Clothing Clearance Sale is Back!    The Penny Sale!   3 Days Only!

Buy One item at Full Price…. and get a 2nd item for a Penny!      Mix and Match, Bring a Friend!     Get 50% OFF!

Buy a Jacket, Get the Pants for Free!    Buy a Patagonia Shell Jacket, and get the Down Sweater Liner for Free!

This is our Final Winter Clearance on Skiwear and Equipment! Don’t Miss This Chance to Save! Big!   3 Days Only!

 Posted by at 3:57 pm
Mar 072015
Tele Fest group turn '70's

Tele Fest group turn ’70’s

This is the 40th ~ the last ~ and the “Mother” of All Telemark Festivals

Telemark Festival Lift Tickets * Information * Registration
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. daily Top floor of Base Lodge.
Purchase of a Festival lift ticket gives you access to all Festival events (same price as regular lift ticket, different color).

Lift Ticket Prices:
One Day: Adult- $75 JR/SR- $59
Two Day: Adult- $146 JR/SR- $114
Season Pass Holders – $10 Midweek Pass Holders – $62/$46

Saturday: two sessions 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Sunday: one session only 10:30 am.
Clinics meet on the hill in front of Base lodge

Demos: Try the latest and greatest gear from all the major companies.

Berserkebeiner Championship Race: Saturday, 11:00 a.m.,
A real all mountain race: open to all festival particpants. Skins or good climbing wax needed for certain sections. Pre-registration 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Lawson’s Finest Tele-party: awards, raffle, Lawson’s Finest beer “Three Pin Grin” on tap and rockin’ to the legendary Free Heelers band.
Saturday 4:00-6:00 p.m. Top Floor, Base Lodge.

Free Heel Free For all Bump Buffet Competition: Sunday 1:00 pm
All Festival participants are invited.

World Record attempt Group Telemark Turn: Sunday 3:00 pm meet at the bottom of the practice slope.


Need a place to stay while you play? Lodging resources; Mad River Valley Chamber, Mad River Glen.

Check out the “NATO Telefest Celebrates” over 3 decades slideshow (condensed version).

 Posted by at 12:18 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