Village Ski Loft is North Lake Tahoe’s premier specialty retailer. We stock top brands that we trust to make your outdoor endeavors more enjoyable. The sports of skiing and snowboarding are gear dependent and we find there is a direct correlation between the level of fun you can have and proper gear selection.
Our staff is comprised of local folks that are here to enjoy the outdoors and live the Lake Tahoe lifestyle. When you shop with us, you can be assured that our staff understands your needs whether you’re a 100 day a year skier, or you’re gearing up for your first day on the slopes. We are committed to being a friendly, family oriented shop that you want to come back to for all your outdoor needs.
Village Ski Loft is proud to sell fun, because that’s why we’re here too… To have fun.
Village Ski Loft has the best collection of ski brands and models to fit every skier and type of terrain imaginable. With about one hundred different models from nine different brands, our staff of passionate skiers can help you choose the right models to round out your quiver.
Atomic – Blizzard – Dynastar – K2 – Rossignol – Salomon – Volkl
Alpine Ski Boots
The ski wall is generally considered the centerpiece of the ski shop. But the collection of ski boots and the ability to custom fit them for improved comfort and performance is what makes Village Ski Loft special. We stock seven brands of ski boots for every foot shape and for skiers of all ability levels. We are also the area leader in custom ski boot fitting offering Superfeet Custom Insoles, Intuition Custom Liners, and the tools to modify your boots for the best blend of comfort and performance. So whether you’re looking for your first pair of boots or just your next pair of boots, Village Ski Loft has you covered.
Atomic – Dalbello – Lange – Nordica – Salomon – Tecnica – K2
So you’ve got your new skis picked out and you just got your ski boots dialed. Now it’s time to pick one of your most important pieces of gear. Our selection of alpine and backcountry bindings assures we’ll have what you need to stay attached to your gear.
Atomic – Salomon – Marker – Look – Rossignol – Dynafit
Lake Tahoe is one of the country’s biggest and best backcountry skiing destinations. With easy access and abundant snowpack, Tahoe’s slopes lure skiers and boarders from all over to it’s goods. When traveling in the backcountry, one must arm themselves with knowledge and gear to make a fun and safe experience. Village Ski Loft has the essential gear to outfit you and your backcountry partners from beacon to bindings for the ultimate ski experience.
Winter Apparel & Accessories
Dressing for the mountains can make the difference between a miserable experience and a great day on the hill. Village Ski Loft carries a wide variety of stylish and technical clothing to keep you looking good and feeling good when out and about in Lake Tahoe’s beautiful surroundings. Sometimes the weather turns fowl here; we’re known for our multiple day, multiple foot snowstorms that can pack wind, cold, and precipitation. If you’ve got the appropriate gear though, those fowl days are the best times to ski and snowboard. Below you will find a tried and true guide to dressing for the elements.
The North Face – Patagonia – Arcteryx – Spyder – Flylow – Strafe – And more!
Layer #1 – The Baselayer
The layer that sits next to your skin is very important. It keeps you insulated while wicking any moisture or perspiration away from your skin. It is best to start with a thin layer of Icebreaker Merino, Patagonia Capilene, or Helly Hansen Lifa.
Layer #2 – Insulating Layer
Once you have chosen a good base layer, you need to back it up with something to trap heat close to your body with an insulating layer. On milder days, a mid-weight fleece layer like a North Face TKA 100, or Icebreaker BodyFit 260 will probably be fine. On the coldest of the cold days, you might want to step up to something a little heavier such as a Down Vest or Jacket from Patagonia.
Layer #3 – The Protective Outer Layer
The outer layer keeps the elements away. Now sometimes in Tahoe, the elements can be sunshine, sometimes wind, and sometimes gnarly wet and windy weather. For the nicer days, a windproof, lightly insulated outer layer will suffice. Helly Hansen and ArcTeryx make many windproof breathable jackets that work excellent around these parts. For Tahoe’s nastiest days though, you will probably want to wrap yourself in a waterproof hardshell pants and a jacket with a good hood, so that the elements don’t find their way down your collar. ArcTeryx, Helly Hansen, Patagonia, and North Face all make highly waterproof pieces that will keep ma’ nature at bay while you’re ripping storm day KT Laps.
When heading to the peaks surrounding Lake Tahoe, it’s important to have the right array of accessories for changing conditions. Accessories is a pretty broad category, so we’ll break it down into a few bite size chunks:
One most important items of protection for mountain climate is good eyewear. Abundant sunshine and the reflectivity of the sun off snow covered peaks can seriously damage your eyes. That’s why it is imperative to pack UV rated goggles and sunglasses if you plan on spending any time in the sun at all. Sunglasses are great for low impact activities like hiking and snowshoeing. They’re also fine for skiing and snowboarding, but don’t offer the protection of goggles. Goggles keep snow and wind out better than glasses and they offer superior impact and puncture protection.
Pick a pair of gloves that are suited to the weather and activity that you’re participating in. For aerobic activities like cross country skiing and snowshoeing, you can generally pick a lighter glove because you are constantly in motion. For skiing and riding, a pair of insulated, waterproof gloves are nice because your often spend 5 to 10 minutes riding a lift between activity.
Helmets have quickly become standard equipment for skiers and riders. Almost 80% of the snow sports population wears a helmet these days. We stock a great selection of snow helmets to keep you and your entire family head safe when schussing around the Lake Tahoe basin.
Hydration and Backpacks
You often have to carry an array of gear into the hills with you. The weather is constantly changing, temperature at lake level is often much warmer than at 8000 feet, and there’s always a chance of a storm blowing in. Having a good pack can help make it easier to prepare for the days action, by allowing you to take the essentials with you. For backcountry skiers and riders, we offer packs that allow you take your snow safety tools with you. For the more casual user, a Camelback is nice to pack some water and sunscreen.
Ski might be in our name, but we also have the goods when it comes to snowboard gear. We have an excellent collection of decks, bindings, and boots to accomodate every riding style for the whole family. Even if you don’t ride like Travis Rice, you can still find gear here that will make it look like you do…
Are selection of snowboard gear is carefully chosen to represent all facets of riding. Our focus is on all mountain and freestyle performance. The brands and models we carry cover you and your families needs, whether you’re a hard charging local or your looking for your kid’s first snowboard package. We carry well known brands such as Burton, 686, and Roxy.