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.

2022-23 Program Details

  • Start date: January 2023
  • End date: March 2023
  • Program length: 6 weeks, with 2 make-up sessions possible (January-March)
  • Meeting time: 3:30-4:45pm at Tahoe XC
  • Registration: $150 per participant (includes ski lessons & seasonal equipment rental)
    • Registration will open October 24

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. Below are the sessions that we will be offering for the 2023 season.

Orange - 1st grade, Striders
Green - First year skating (mostly 2nd grade)
Violet - Third or Fouth year skating (mostly 4th and 5th grade)

Blue - Second year skating (mostly 3rd grade)
Violet - Third or fouth year skating (mostly 4th and 5th grade)
Red - Most advanced skating (mostly 4th and 5th grade)

Orange - 1st grade, Striders
Green - First year skating (mostly 2nd grade)
Blue - Second year skating (mostly 3rd grade)

Green - First year skating (mostly 2nd grade)
Blue - Second year skating (mostly 3rd grade)
Biathlon - Violet/Red skating (mostly 4th and 5th grade)

Season Equipment Rentals

Included in the program registration fee is a 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 properly:

–When storing cross-country 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

Once enrollment is complete, you can expect to receive communication from Program Director, Meghan Pry, with gear pick-up procedures and request for sizes. Your child does not need to be present to pick-up gear.

Laser Biathlon Program

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

Funding for our new biathlon equipment was generously donated by the Palisades Tahoe Philanthropic Committee, which sees the long-term value in supporting our community’s youth programs.

Program Leaders

Meghan Pry

Meghan Pry, Program Director

Meghan grew up downhill skiing in Maine but fell in love with the West Coast while attending college at Stanford. She has lived in Tahoe with her family for the past eight years where she has been cultivating a love of Nordic skiing. She enjoyed coaching with Strider Gliders last season and looks forward to introducing the sport to more young skiers!

Deedee Driller

Deedee Driller, Lead Coach

Deedee can be found outdoors just about anywhere. Her passion is working with young children and is often leading groups of kiddos all over Tahoe in some manner or another. An alpine ski racer from Vermont, Tahoe was the obvious choice after college for a life of adventure and Deedee has been here since 1984. For the past 35 years, Deedee has been managing ski teams in the Tahoe Basin and skis just about every day. She is certified as Level 100 USSA, Level 1 PSIA Alpine, Level 1 Children’s Specialist, Level 1 IFSA, and has her Wilderness First Aid.

Love Cross-Country Skiing?

Do you love cross-country skiing? If so, please think about sharing that passion with elementary school age kids. We are always looking for enthusiastic coaches to join our team. Volunteer coaches keep this program alive! Please contact Program Director, Meghan Pry, if you are interested in learning more.