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

 

 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! 

 

 

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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
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
Nov 062017
 

This is an early shot of snow making last year for the World Cup coming up. Word on the hill is they have a good base down, and even though it’s raining cats and dogs right now, temperatures are supposed to drop tonight and stay cold, like 25 degrees cold, at night for the next week! So that’s what we’ve been waiting for! Finally! Killington will be able to ‘get to work’ and lay it down there enough to get the mountain open. Rumors are… a ‘soft opening’ for this Thursday 11/9, if they get the temps and are successful, which we know they will be!

We are so ready… PK is chomping on the bit to quit running up Pico twice a week, and get on snow! I’ve been bouncing in the pool, walking and hiking Pico myself getting ready!

New Black Crows from Charmonix, K2, and Rossignol skis have all arrived! We are loaded for bear and ready for our season! Come check out the new product just in, in all catagories! Tele, A T, and XC.  We couldn’t be more excited to show the latest, greatest choices of equipment to get out on the hill and have some fun! Too much work!  Time to get some ‘Ski Days’ in and have some fun, like no other sport allows! We love skiing because we can be outside all day, yukkin’ around with our buds, forgetting about everything but havin’ fun skiing. No other sport gives us the camaraderie, the pleasure, the thrill, or the exercise that skiing does.  That’s why we love it! And why we love to sell the gear that promotes FUN! See you on the hill soon! Be there, or be square.

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

 Posted by at 3:39 pm
Oct 132017
 

Looking forward to the first snowfall just around the corner! It’s time to be hiking, swimming, biking, doing whatever you do to get the body moving to get ready for ski season!

We are ready at Mountain Travelers with all the new Patagonia and North Face outdoor clothing, for men and women, up and waiting, for the weather to turn cold. We have the perfect underwear, mid-layers, and outerwear jackets and pants to keep you warm, dry, breathable, and comfortable for your favorite outdoor activities coming up soon.

We also still have a great selection of last years outerwear for men and women on our sale racks in the center of the store. They are the ‘bargains’ that always go first… we have down sweaters, down jackets, and lots more on sale at 25% off, until they are gone.

Peter has the equipment all set too! Scarpa boots are in and selling well, because people ‘always need new boots’!  We have T2 Eco’s and TX Pro NTN’s for Tele, and Gea’s and Maestrale’s for Alpine Touring.

Our favorite bindings are the 22 Designs Axl and Vice, and G3 Ion.

Peter has 42 years experience in mounting skis in our specialty of ‘Tele’ and ‘AT’. He has all the ‘jigs’ to mount them perfectly where they should be. Not an easy  job, to find an eastern expert, who can do that in our ever changing outdoor/ski industry. Call Peter K. For any questions you might have concerning mounting your equipment. Even if you did’nt get it from us, we’ll hope you got the right match of components … 🙂  and mount it for you … and help educate you to have the best experience you can out there.

We have a big selection of skis on sale from last year, again… ‘the bargains’ are always the first to go! So get in and check out what we have.  Rossignol has delivered and we are expecting K2 and new this year… Black Crows, from Charmonix to WOW skiers with the latest and the greatest!  Both will be in stock within the month before the snow flies!  We are pumped for the up-coming season ! Hope you are too!

 Posted by at 12:28 pm
Aug 082017
 

Campsite with canoe quebec

Our family has been out paddling, canoe camping, and enjoying the beautiful summer sunsets on the water, hearing loons and having campfires. Summer doesn’t get any better than that!

We have also had more thru hikers on The Long Trail and The Appalachian Trails than any previous years. It’s great to see people out camping and enjoying nature. A couple in today were delighted to be here in Vermont hiking 270 miles, they came from California, were unable to use their permit to hike the John Muir Trail, which they had to apply for 6 months ago, because of snow conditions in the Sierra, so they came to Vermont instead, where there were no permits required, no limits of numbers of persons permitted to start the trail per day, no separate lottery permits to cross the Mt Whitney wilderness. I had no idea! How lucky we are to just ‘jump on the trail’  anytime and anywhere you want. Aren’t we the lucky ones to have it in our backyard!

 

 

 Posted by at 4:03 pm
Jul 262017
 

We are seeing lots of hikers coming through the shop on The Appalachian, and The Long Trails, spending weeks on the trail, enjoying our Green Mountains. Many are from the West and are not minding the wet weather at all, they are delighted to get away from the hot, and dry climates at home, and are loving it here. They think it is beautiful! As we well know!

We have been selling Salomon, Scarpa, and Asolo hiking boots and walking shoes, Darn Tough socks,  as well as hiking poles from Black Diamond, fuel, bug spray, maps, Mountain House Freeze Dried food, Thermarest sleeping pads and TNF tents.

We are having fun meeting so many cool people from all over the world, a man from Switzerland , who ran a circus, dinner theatre, a young man from Germany who had hiked every continent in the world, a man from Seattle loved how similar it was to home, so green and so scenic.  We love, that they love, our state ! We welcome them to Vermont.

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We have all kinds of gear and info on hiking trails in the area. Come see us for hiking supplies and guide books. Happy Trails!

 Posted by at 3:26 pm