Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop
147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701
. . . Celebrating our 43rd year in Business!!
Peter K. and JoAnn Kavouksorian, Owners
Our Fall Shop Hours are:
Monday, Tuesday – Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
CLOSED – Sunday & Wednesday
We are a ‘Specialty Outdoor Ski Shop’
Our Fall and Winter Specialties Include:
* Telemark * * Back Country * *Alpine Touring *
and * Metal Edged Cross Country *
All the new 2018/19 equipment from Scarpa, K2, Rossignol and Madshus has arrived!
Peter has some AMAZING hard goods DEALS … going on Pre-Season,
on last years ski models … lots of ‘onesies’ of some really great skis, will go early… to help clean house!
We sell Telemark, Alpine Touring, and Metal Edged Back Country / Cross 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’, ‘BC’ and ‘XC’ like no other shop in the area, and we’ve been here the longest. Since 1976! We were among the original Tele skiers on the hill in the early 70’s.
We still promote ‘square toe’ ‘Tele’ , recommending Scarpa boots, and 22 Designs, free pivot bindings… but also have NTN Tele, for the 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.
Alpine Touring Skiing
Alpine touring has 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.
Cross Country and Back Country Skiing
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, National forest trails, and their own properties. We like 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, didn’t turn on hills, and really belong ‘ in a track only’. We can update and re-educate you, about XC and BC too! Give you more lateral stability, and a more stable platform, to accommodate ungroomed, backcountry conditions. It’s been our love since we opened in 1976!
We sell Atlas aluminum snowshoes, which we think have the best binding systems, and models, for everyone from the casual, out the backdoor, 1/2 hour walker, to the serious all day hiker, who is climbing mountain peaks.
Technical Outdoor Clothing by Patagonia and The North Face …
New Patagonia and North Face Clothing for Fall has arrived! Patagonia underwear layers, Nano Puff pullovers, down sweaters, better sweaters, and Powder bowl shell jackets and pants. The North Face trucker hats, hoodies, stretch down and tenacious jackets. Come check out the new soft goods!
Lots of ‘last years’ winter items, like fleece and insulated jackets for men and women … and the remaining summer pieces are still on Sale at 25 – 50% OFF! Come check out our SALE racks while they last !
Our sportswear is by Patagonia and The North Face, always the best in the outdoor industry for quality and durability . We “cherry pick” the best pieces we can find to represent our specialty sports of hiking, camping, and back country and lift service skiing.
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!
Thule Car and Truck Racks and Accessories
All year round our business is the installation of Thule Auto Racks on vehicles, 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 kayaks, to bikes, to skis and snowboards, ladders and luggage. We can help 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!
Just arrived are Thule cargo boxes for skis… we bought up the last of the inexpensive ski models available!
Hiking Boots and Trail Shoes
We have hiking boots, and sturdy everyday footwear by Asolo, Scarpa, and Salomon. Hiking poles and headlamps by Black Diamond. Superfeet insoles, and the wonderful Vermont product… Darn Tough Socks! Maps and hiking guides, freeze dried food & MSR fuel.
Camping Tents and Sleeping Bags … Now on Sale at 20% OFF !
Outdoor camping gear: tents, packs, sleeping bags, and accessories by The North Face, Osprey, MSR, Black Diamond, and Liberty.
Camping stoves and fuel by MSR. Mountain House freeze dried food, and Cascade Designs Thermarest Pads.
Flat Water Kayaks
Stand Up Paddle boards
In summer: 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 only have 2 kayaks left! … The awesome ‘Hurricane Santee 126, and 1 nice Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 !
Both, great upgrade kayaks! And 2, Dolsey Bam Bam, stand up paddleboards! At really good prices!
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… 43 years ! 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!