Apr 292014


Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701


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


Technical Outdoor Clothing

by Patagonia and The North Face



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


 2016 SKI WALL


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! 



2013 Men's Clothing


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!


‘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!


JK on Pico

JK on Pico



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



Flat Water Kayaks

2014 Kayak Models arriving soon!

Hiking Boots and Trail Shoes


Camping Tents, Packs, and Sleeping Bags



Stand Up Paddleboards

2015 Dolsey SUPS














 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Mar 222018

We had a beautiful tour in Mendon on Sunday, before work. The snow depth was huge, it was so light and powdery, we climbed 750 ft, on a super cold bluebird day. The forest was so quiet, we could hear the trees squeak. We skinned uphill for a little over an hour, and the ridge was windy and cold on the top. The ski down was a super fun luge run, it was so deep , but you could slip in and out of the skinning track and get some amazing deep powder turns.


Getting away from the area and deep into the forest is one of my favorite things. I’m always reminded of a great “TedTalk” I heard once of how “trees talk to each other”! A ten year long study of how interacted their roots and branches are, and the soil they share, and the climate, and how they will actually share water and nutrients with a weaker tree, especially of the same species. It was enlightening and fascinating!

The views from the top are always so beautiful, the ‘reward’ for the skin up! These are of the west ridge behind Pico looking at Blue Ridge and East Mountain..

Ready for the run down, the fun part!


 Posted by at 5:22 pm
Mar 222018

Wow ! What a great couple of weeks of Nor’Easters! Three in a row, to bring us the best March skiing we can remember! We have been skiing the woods, and cruzing on the groomers, it just dosn’t get any better than this. Hope everybody has been getting out there to enjoy it.


We have even had some bluebird days, although cold and windy for spring. Yesterday we did 18 runs on Killington! That’s a big Wednesday! It was totally quiet, everything was perfectly groomed, and we had a motley crew of 18 in the parking lot til 4:30. That’s a rite of spring. Yea! Us! Conditions should continue to be awesome through the weekend on slope, and off piste, the northern slopes are holding up well, soft and powdery still, while the southern exposures are consolidating quickly and will be closed by next week. Killington will be open 100% into April this year, and Superstar into May.

Tele Buds on Wednesday 3/22/18


 Posted by at 4:14 pm
Mar 102018

PK’s been skiing everyday he can at Pico! 5+ days a week, sometimes only for a run or two before work. Plus his full days at Killington on Wednesdays. He can’t get enough!

He’s been testing, testing different skis each time, most days on ‘Tele’, but then he’ll throw in a day or two on ‘ A T ‘ or ‘NTN’, just for kicks, and to keep himself ‘up to date’ on what’s out there, and educate himself on what he’s selling.

Traditional Square Toe….He always falls back to ‘square toe Tele’ as his favorite, though. Old school Tele… he likes the light touch. Of the 50 Tele skiers we know , and see come through the shop, 90% of them are still skiing square toe, and will continue to as long as its available.


Black Crow Navis Freebird Skis with 22 Designs Axl Binding and Scarpa T2 Eco Boots

NTN …(New Telemark Norm) he’s liking more and more, he can appreciate the ability to go hard and fast and ski ‘more alpine like’ but feels like you loose 1st and 2nd gear, and learning to feel the ball of your foot. The NTN binding pulls from the ball of your foot, rather than the heel like in traditional square toe. It is where the R&D of the industry is concentrating, so it can be a great choice for young, up and coming, charging new Tele skiers, who want to go fast, and keep up with their alpine friends.

K2 Wayback 104 Ski with 22 Designs Outlaw X Binding and Scarpa TX Pro NTN Boot


Alpine Touring…. is really growing, with lots of new comers in the Alpine world jumping in next season. It has a huge place in the skiing world as well, because of it’s versatility, lightweight uphill possibilities, and stability for alpine runs.. It is by far the best tool for big mountain skiing out West, and in Europe, and for any alpine skier new to ‘uphill travel’ who doesn’t want to learn to Tele. The uphill is lighter and more efficient, with AT, its convenient, and has a releasable binding adding an element of safety. Any guide on any big mountain trip, be it heli and cat skiing in the Cascades and Alaska or Chamonix, they will want you on “AT”. We have lots of local Docs skinning up Pico at sunrise, and taking trips to Norway, they don’t want to Tele, they want AT, they’re alpine skiers who want to go uphill.  Same with our Stratton customers, who travel out West several times a year, they are loving their ‘AT ‘ set ups they got from Peter.

G3 Roamer Skis with G3 Ion 12 Binding and Scarpa Maestrale Boots

We still have a decent choice of skis and boots available at our lowest ‘end of the season’ discount prices…as LOW as he’ll go!  Come see PK for an education on what skiing style is best for you! And what kind of deal on equipment updates… he might have for you, to replace skis, boots, or both! His March Madness SALE on equipment is going on now through the end of the month.

 Posted by at 4:32 pm
Mar 052018

Last weeks snowstorm was a big surprise bonus for us, both on the hill and down here in the valley. I love to get out in the woods touring almost as much, or more, than I do lift service skiing. Below are a couple of cool ‘wildlife tracks’ shots that I took last week … Beaver tracks, crossing from one section of the river to another. I always admire their determination, engineering, and survival techniques more than any other animal. They are cool. 

We have had a huge year at the store selling Nordic. We have stuck with our determination to sell a wider, full edged, cross country ski finding that it is by far the best tool for all around stability and control for “out the backdoor skiing” fields, logging roads, and snowmobile trails like most of our customers prefer to do.  We are ‘sold out’ for the 2nd time! It’s great exercise, such a delight out in nature, (cool beaver tracks!) and to us, there’s nothing like getting to spend hours outdoors in the winter. Hope you have all taken advantage of the ‘fleeting’ moments and opportunities to get out on the ‘skinny skis’ too! So fun! And so good for you! One more snowstorm coming up to get out in the backwoods and meadows, before the spring melts it all away for another year. Killington will be open for another couple months, but cross country is as ‘elusive’ as ever, and you have to ‘jump on the chance’ to ski out in your favorite backdoor spots before it disappears! Get out there and enjoy!


 Posted by at 4:09 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.

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!

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

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


 Posted by at 3:04 pm