Kids connecting with nature and friends.

Strider Gliders

After-school program introducing kids to cross-country skiing, physical activity, and the joys of a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to volunteer instructors and donations, we are able to keep this program fun, safe, and affordable.


Read our COVID-19 Operations & Safety Plan before coming to Tahoe XC. Due to COVID-19, we are implementing a few changes this year. Our number one priority is safety, and a key factor is being able to maintain physical distancing between kids, and between kids and their volunteer instructors. This means our little skiers have to be self-sufficient and not need to be picked up off the snow, or helped with getting skis on and off. Usually, we accept 4-11 year olds (preschool through 5th grade) into our Strider Gliders program. This year, however, we are limiting enrollment to 1st through 5th graders. We expect all participants to be self-sufficient with putting on and removing their own gear, maintaining physical distancing, and keeping themselves upright on snow.

2021-22 Program Details

  • Start date: January TBD 2022
  • End date: March TBD 2022
  • Program length: 6 weeks, with 2 make-up sessions possible (January-March)
  • Meeting time: 3:30-4:45pm at Tahoe XC
  • Registration: $115 per participant (includes ski lessons & seasonal equipment rental)

Age Requirements

Typically, we allow 4-11 year olds (preschool through 5th grade); however, due to COVID-19 and the need for self-sufficient skiers and physical distancing, we are limiting enrollment to 1st through 5th grade this year. Thank you for understanding the adjustments we’re making this year.

Schedule & Group Placement

Participants are placed in groups by ability level, which roughly correspond to their grade level. Your child’s skiing ability may not necessarily be aligned with his/her grade level. If you are unsure what group to register your child for, please contact Program Director Tim Hauserman.

Orange - 1st grade (intermediate classic skiing)
Green - 2nd grade (beginner skate skiing)
Violet - 4th & 5th grade (advanced skate skiing)

Green - 2nd grade (beginner skate skiing)
Blue - 3rd grade (intermediate skate skiing)
Violet - 4th & 5th grade (advanced skate skiing)

Orange - 1st grade (intermediate classic skiing)
Blue - 3rd grade (intermediate skate skiing)
Red - 5th grade (advanced+ skate skiing)

Season Equipment Rentals

Included in the program registration fee is full season’s equipment rental, making Strider Gliders one of the most affordable programs around and the best bang for your buck. In return, we ask you to take care of our equipment: When storing Nordic skis use rubber bands (not tape) to keep sets of skis and poles together. Tie boot strings together in gentle knots, if at all. You are responsible for making sure your children do not ski over anything that is not snow.

Funding for equipment was generously donated by the Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe. Thank you for investing in our community!

Gear Pick Up & Drop Off

• 2021 Gear Drop Off: Monday-Wednesday, April 19-21 between 3:00-5:00p • Gear return will be outside on the back patio at Tahoe XC • Wear a mask and practice 6-feet of physical distance • Please clean the equipment before returning (no need to storage wax unless you’re fired up); connect pairs of skis and poles using a rubber band and NOT tape

Registrants have received an email from Program Director Tim Hauserman regarding gear pick up, gear drop off, and expected safety precautions.

Laser Biathlon Program

Unfortunately, we are not offering laser biathlon this year. 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 & Shoot

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

What kids are saying

“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