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Ski Rentals

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Rental Gear - Advanced Reservations Required

  • Ticket purchases are non-refundable. Please be certain before you make your purchase.
  • Rentals do NOT include a day ticket. You must purchase a trail pass separately.
  • Please book early using our online portal below, as our reservations fill up quickly. If you are unable to purchase for a specific day, we are likely sold out for that day.
  • BEFORE purchasing a day ticket, please confirm that rental gear is available for your desired day, using the calendar selection tool on our online reservation portal. Purchasing a day ticket does not guarantee that rental gear is available. You must reserve both rental gear and a day ticket online before coming to Tahoe XC.
  • All participants must review and sign our waiver during the rental process. You can also print and sign it here:
What type of skis should I rent?

Classic Ski Package – If you are new to skiing or snow sports, we recommend starting with the Beginner Classic Ski Package. Classic skiing is when both skis kick and glide in a parallel motion, usually in groomed tracks. The motion is akin to walking, shuffling, and/or running.

Skate Ski Package – If you are comfortable on skis and ready to advance to the next level, we recommend the Skate Ski Package. Skate skiing employs a V-shaped, herring-bone technique where the ski tips angle away from each other in an alternating motion, similar to ice skating. Skate skiing requires more balance and a familiarity with skiing on snow. Scroll down for more FAQ about how to prepare for your cross-country ski rentals.

What's included with my rental?

All ski packages come with skis, boots, and poles. Snowshoe rentals come with 1 pair of snowshoes and poles. Day tickets are not included with rentals and must be purchased separately. We also rent items individually in case you forgot something or own some of your own gear. All our ski rentals have the NNN system, so make sure any gear your bring fits the NNN system.

What system is your rental gear?

All our rental skis and boots use the NNN system (New Nordic Norm). To learn more about various NNN vs SNS, read our blog: How to Shop a Ski Swap.

Do you offer lessons?

Yes, we offer classic and skate ski lessons for youths and adults. Visit our Lessons page for more details. We do not offer snowshoe lessons.

What should I wear?

Wear layers when cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Expect to get warm while moving and to cool down on longer downhills or when resting at one of our trail-side picnic tables with a view.

We recommend non-cotton layers: thin base layer, middle insulating layer, and lightweight outer layer that is windproof and/or water resistent. Thick downhill ski jackets and pants are often too hot, but will work if you are not moving too quickly. Expect to add and remove layers throughout the day and be prepared for changing and inclement weather at any time.

Additional recommended gear includes gloves, hat, sunglasses, non-cotton socks, and a small pack or hip belt to carry water and snacks.

Do I need to bring additional equipment?

If you are renting a full Classic or Skate Ski Package, you do not need to bring additional equipment unless you have special requirements or needs. Skis, boots, and poles are all included in all rental packages.

If you are renting showshoes, please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes, preferrably waterproof.

Can I bring my children?

In addition to renting youth skis and snowshoes, we also rent pulk sleds, which allow parents to safely tow a child behind while skiing, using their own car seat. One- or two-seat pulk sleds provide enough additional space for snacks, blankets and toddler skis, which are included in the sled rental.

Can I bring my dog?

Bring the family dog! We groom 8 kilometers of dog-friendly trails include Blue, Special Green and Dogonit trails. You must purchase a dog trail pass and please read our Dog Trail Rules before bringing your furry friends.

What if I forget something?

We sell essential clothing, accessories, sunglasses, drinks,and snacks in our cafe and retail shop in case you or a family member forgets something.