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  Spring  Shop  Hours are:

Monday, Tuesday  –  Thursday, Friday          

and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

CLOSED –  Sunday & Wednesday to ski!

CLOSED  –  for Spring Break  –  April 15-30th

 

 

  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! 

 

 

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!

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!

 

JK on Pico

JK on Pico

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

                            

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Apr 142018
 

Time for skinning up Pico. PK skinned up to the top of Birch Glade Thursday morning before work and got 3″ of fresh snow on top of a perfect base. Saw 4 turkeys, heard songbirds and saw bear tracks. Had a beautiful run down. Now’s the time to hike and ski Pico. It’s a short window before they open up the work roads. One of his favorite short runs is the top of B Slope, the view is awesome with beautiful sunsets to the West and you can do it in 1/2 an hour.

 Birch Glades April 12 Powder Day

Omland’s Overlook, B Slope, Pico April 2

 Posted by at 2:49 pm
Mar 292018
 

We have all our equipment on SALE … at the best prices of the season. ‘This is all we have for sizes and as low as we’ll go!

Now’s the time to save on new  ‘Tele” or “ A T  “ skis or ski boots! Below are some of the great deals we have left.

April 2018 Men’s Ski Sale

April 2018 Women’s Ski Sale

2017 Black Crows Ski SALE  (4/1)

Navis Freebird  133-102-118  Reg. $799   SALE  $599    Sizes 162, 171,178.

Camox Freebird 128-88-110  Reg. $759   SALE.  $579.  Sizes 169, 179

 2017 K2 Ski SALE  (4/1)

Pinnacle 105   137-105-121.  Reg. $699.   SALE   $559.  Size 177

Pinnacle 95   131-98-119.   Reg. $649.  SALE.  $549.  Size 177

Pinnacle 88   128-88-110.  Reg. $599.   SALE. $499.  Size 184

Wayback 104    136-104-122.  Reg. $699.  SALE  $559.  Size 177, 184

Wayback 86   128-96-118.  Reg. $699.  SALE.  $559.  Sizes  170,177, 184

Alluvit 88   128-88-110   Reg $599.  SALE   $479.  W’s. Sizes  156, 163, 170

Talkback 96   128-96-118   Reg.  $$699   SALE.  $559.   W’s Size 163

Talkback 88   126-88-113.  Reg. $649    SALE.  $519.    W’s Size 163

2017 Rossignol Ski SALE. (4/1)

Experience 88HD   135-88-124    Reg. $699.  SALE  $559.  Size 172, 180

Seek Tour 7    122-86-108.  Reg. $549.   SALE   $439.  Sizes 162, 168, 176, 182

Temptation 84HD.  132-84-120.  Reg. $599.  SALE   $479.  W’s Size 162

 

SUPER DISCOUNTED… ‘2106 and Earlier’  SALE SKIS.  (4/1)

2016 K2 Comeback 104   136-104-122   Reg. $699   SALE.  $499.  Size 170

2016 K2 Pinnacle 88.  128-88-110.  Reg  $599    SALE   $479   Size 170

2016 K2 Pinnacle 95   132-95-115.  Reg.  $699.  SALE   $529.  Size 170, 177, 184

2016 K2 Talkback 88.  126-88-113   Reg.  $649   SALE.  $499.  W’s Size 167

2016 K2 Fulluvit 95.   132-95-115    Reg.  $649.  SALE.   $499.  W’s Size 163

 

2012 G3 Cake  138-110-128   Reg. $620   SALE  $349.   W’s Size 168

2014 District Carbon 100.  132-100-123.  Reg. $690.  SALE   $399.  Size 172

2014 Empire Carbon 115   145-115-126.  Reg.   $910.  SALE   $649.   Size 180

2014 K2 Shreditor 92    124-92-118.    Reg. $500   SALE.  $379.    Size 177

2015 Voile V8   134-107-117.   Reg. $650    SALE    $499.     Size 176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 4:09 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