Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop
147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701
. . . 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
CLOSED – Wednesday to ski!
Our Specialties Include:
Alpine Touring Skiing
Cross Country / Back Country Skiing
Technical Outdoor Clothing
by Patagonia and The North Face
In Winter: 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.
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
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!
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!
In Summer: 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
Flat Water Kayaks
Hiking Boots and Trail Shoes
Camping Tents, Packs, and Sleeping Bags
Stand Up Paddleboards