Apr 292014
 

 

Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701

802-775-0814

e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com

 

Our Specialties Include:

 

Telemark Skiing

Alpine Touring Skiing

Backcountry / XC Skiing

Snowshoeing

Technical Outdoor Clothing

Hiking and Trail Shoes

  Thule Car Racks

Camping Equipment

 Kayaks

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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

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Nov 202014
 

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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.

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 Posted by at 5:39 pm
Nov 162014
 

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PK Day 4 / JK Day 1
Killington opened to the bottom yesterday and the skiing today was great! The first day for me and conditions were variable throughout the mountain. The Glades were hard and fast with some very firm patches, icy but edge able, but fun to start out skiing hard and confident. We stayed up top for the first 4/5 runs after being warned the lower mountain was wet and sticky. By the time we got over to Snowdon it was skied in, soft and beautiful snow with a few wet snow guns to watch out for. We did 3 or 4 runs on Upper Bunny, MouseTrap and Middle Chute, all were fully covered with soft super fun nice snow. The box was running as well as the North Ridge  and Snowdon Triples.

After a couple of hours of nice skiing it got very busy around 11:00 and was just the right time to quit for a great first day. So it’s definitely worth the trip up to ski this week, with a half dozen runs open with really great skiing. We may get a little rain tomorrow night but the rest of the week looks cold. Ski season is here! Yea Us!

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 Posted by at 9:08 pm
Nov 072014
 

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Today is the first really cold, raw, snowy, wintry day that feels like the season is upon us, even down here in the valley. The picture above was taken from Pico this morning and it looked frosted across the whole mountain with flurries in the air.
With the ‘Polar Vortex’ coming across the country this week, temps are prime for lots of good snowmaking through the weekend, as well as natural snow last night and throughout the day today.

 Posted by at 4:37 pm