Strider Gliders

Returning Gear from 2019-20 Season

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, we have asked Strider Gliders who rented skis, boots and poles last year to keep their gear until until further notice. Thank you for being careful and responsible with your rental gear.

2019-20 Gear Return Dates

  • October 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2020
  • Be preared to return gear over the course of 4 days.
  • Tim will email you further instructions and specific times a few weeks before the gear return due dates.
  • Please hold your questions until you receive Tim’s instructions. We will inform you of all safety protocols at that time.
  • If you are unable to return your Strider Glider gear between the dates of October 3rd and 6th, please arrange for a family member or friend to return the gear for you. We will not be able to take return gear outside of this window.

Storing Your Rental Gear

  • Clean and disinfect gear, then store it somewhere safe throughout the summer. Feel free to use storage wax!
  • Use rubber bands, NOT TAPE, to keep pairs of poles and skis together.
  • Be kind with your knots if you tie boots together by the laces.

If you plan to sign your kid(s) up for next year’s Strider Gliders, you still need to plan to return last year’s gear so that we may take inventory and ensure all skiers are fitted appropriately.

2020-21 Program Details

The goal of Strider Gliders is to introduce children to cross-country skiing, healthy habits and physical activity that they can enjoy their entire life! Strider Gliders is an 8-week, after-school program for children 4 to 11 years old.

Program Dates

  • Start Date: TBD
  • End Date: TBD
  • Time: all groups meet from 3:30-4:45pm at Tahoe XC


  • Early Registration Cost: TBA
  • Late Registration Cost: TBA

Cost includes 8 lessons & seasonal Nordic equipment rental.

Age Requirement

  • Children must be 4 years old by January 1st to participate.

How To Register

  1. Visit our online registration site and register (Here’s our registration video tutorial).
  2. Choose your preferred day based on the Classes & Group listing below. Please make a note of which day you register and which group your children are in. This will make that first day run more smoothly.
  3. Attend the equipment issue day. We do not have the resources to issue equipment on an individual basis outside of these days and times. Your child must be present to try on equipment.

Weekly Ski Lessons

  • Your Strider Glider will meet as scheduled (see below); however, if a group misses a day due to inclement weather, we will try to provide one makeup day.
  • An average of 150 young skiers participate each season.
  • More than 50 volunteer instructors make this program fun, organized and affordable.

Cross-country skiing has taught my 4-year-old to balance on snow, and it’s making him a better downhill skier, too!” -Nick M., Tahoe City

Classes & Groups

Classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Below is the list of classes based on age groups.


Kinder (Beginner Classic Skiing)
Orange - 1st Grade (Intermediate Classic Skiing)
Green - 2nd grade (Beginner Skate Skiing)
Blue - 3rd grade (Intermediate Skate Skiing)
Violet - 4th & 5th grade (Advanced Skate Skiing)


Pre-school (Beginner Classic Skiing)
Kinder (Beginner Classic Skiing)
Blue - 3rd grade (Intermediate Skate Skiing)
Violet - 4th grade (Advanced Skate Skiing)
Red - 5th grade (Advanced Skate Skiing)


Pre-school (Beginner Classic Skiing)
Orange - 1st grade (Intermediate Classic Skiing)
Green - 2nd grade (Beginner Skate Skiing)
Biathlon - 3rd, 4th & 5th grade (Blue, Violet & Red Group athletes only)

Group Placement

  • Participants are placed in groups by ability level. Although the groups roughly correspond to grade level, your child’s skiing ability may not necessarily be aligned with his/her grade level.
  • A child from 3rd through 5th grade who has never been in the program may go into a class based on his/her ability rather than age. If you are unsure, please contact Tim Hauserman to discuss and determine your child’s ski group.
  • We will do our best to schedule your child on a day that works for you.

Laser Biathlon Program

Our Laser Biathlon Program uses safe laser rifles to introduce students to the amazing sport of biathlon. This program is availabe on Fridays only and is open to any athletes in Blue, Violet or Red Groups. An additional $30 is required at registration for this program.

  • Ski and shoot laser rifles at targets
  • Learn to ski faster (so you can shoot sooner)
  • Practice aim, technique and controlling your heart rate

Several former Strider Glider laser biathlon participants have gone on to become world class biathletes, and many former Strider Gliders have the most fond memories of our biathlon program.

“When Strider Gliders introduced their laser biathlon program, I was eager for the opportunity to get on my cross-country skis one more time a week. Throughout my beginning years in Strider Gliders, I couldn’t wait to get on skate skis.” - Cooper A., Tahoe City

Read Cooper’s full testimonal about laser biathlon.

Equipment Issue Dates & Times

Gear Pick Up at Tahoe XC

  • Gear Pickup Date: TBA
  • Gear Pickup Time: TBA

Please bring your Strider Glider participants to the gear pick up so they can try on boots and be sized appropriately.

Gear Drop Off at Tahoe XC

  • Gear Drop off Date: October 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2020
  • Gear Drop off Time: TBA (Tim will email parents with specific instructions a few weeks before drop off dates)

Please clean and disenfect the skis, poles and boots. Use rubber bands (not tape) to tie sets of skis and poles together. Tie boot strings together (gentle knots please). Children do not need to be present to return gear. The process should take just a few minutes to return gear and check paperwork.

Thank you!