California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains are prized as one of the best skiing destinations in the country, with the Tahoe area being the crown jewel of the range. The peaks ringing the famously blue Lake Tahoe boast 14 ski resorts ranging from two-chairlift ski hills to multi-mountain institutions.
Northstar California Resort covers more than 3,100 acres in the beautiful Martis Valley in North Lake Tahoe. It’s situated right off CA-267 roughly halfway between downtown Truckee and the small town of Kings Beach on the shores of Lake Tahoe. As part of the Vail Resorts conglomerate, Northstar is the only North Lake destination for Epic Pass holders.
Northstar attracts a wide variety of skiers and snowboarders for its generally moderate terrain. The ski school and ample beginner-friendly groomed runs make Northstar a favorite for families and casual riders. The bulk of the groomed runs land in the intermediate range (60 percent of Northstar’s total terrain) with a solid collection of advanced runs (27 percent). The resort is serviced by 20 chairlifts and includes seven terrain parks.
Aside from skiing and snowboarding, Northstar is well-known for its excellent Village with a thriving après ski restaurant and bar scene, an outdoor ice skating rink, and lodging options ranging from cozy to ultra-luxurious.
At Northstar, there are plenty of shops where you can rent ski and snowboard equipment. Many of the shops offer rentals through RentSkis.com, which provides the easiest, most convenient way to get your gear. Many RentSkis.com locations are near lifts, plus you’ll have access to a range of services, such as gear storage. Plus, RentSkis.com offers Sport, Performance, and Demo packages suited to different ability levels. Here’s a rundown of rental services available at various shops:
Northstar Village Demo Shop
Situated in Northstar Village, the Demo Shop is fully equipped with skis, snowboards, and related accessories. Since this is a demo shop, you can test drive top-of-the-line skis and snowboards and apply the demo fee towards your purchase after you’re sure you’ve made the perfect choice. When renting here, you’ll have easy access to the gondola so you can get to the lifts right away. It’s also one of the shops nearest the ski school, so it’s an excellent option for beginners or anyone else taking a lesson. For your convenience, the Demo Shop also offers day storage for boots or shoes, as well as a basket day storage. If you forget to pack any essentials for your day on the mountain, you can also pick up last-minute items in the retail section of the shop.
Northstar Village Rentals
Northstar Village Rentals is one of the most convenient places to rent skis and snowboards at the resort, especially if you’re a beginner. It’s one of the three Northstar shops closest to the ski school meet-up location. It’s also situated right on the Northstar gondola lines and is the only Northstar rental shop that offers in-store overnight storage.
Butterbox Snowboard Shop
Snowboarders: look no further for all your rental and retail needs at Northstar. Conveniently located in Northstar Village by the gondola lines, Butterbox Snowboard Shop boasts a vast inventory of the newest snowboards and equipment from an array of brands. This is another great spot to reserve your demos through RentSkis.com. This allows you to test out a snowboard before you buy, so you’ll have total confidence in your purchase. Take advantage of their basket and boot/shoe day storage, as well as the retail store’s apparel selection.
Ritz Carlton Demo Shop
For those staying at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Northstar, this will be the most convenient rental spot. The Ritz Carlton Demo Shop is located right in the hotel, but it’s still slopeside and close to a ski school meet-up location. Plus, it’s on the gondola line. You’ll find the newest skis and snowboards here, as well as a nicely stocked retail space for clothing and accessories. This is also the only rental place in Northstar that includes valet service. Baskets and boot/shoe storage are available for day use. Similar to all the demo shops in Northstar, after testing out the skis or snowboard for the day, you can apply the demo fee toward a purchase.
Burton at Northstar
You can find the newest Burton snowboards and snowboard equipment at Burton at Northstar. When you reserve your equipment through RentSkis.com, you can choose from an impressive selection of Burton boards, apparel, boots, bindings, and accessories. Plus, there’s a demo option to rent gear before you buy it. If you need to purchase any clothing, whether it’s a jacket or just a hat, the shop offers a large selection. During your day on the mountain, you’ll have the convenience of basket storage as well as storage for boots and shoes.
Northstar Adventure Center
Northstar Adventure Center stocks the newest skis and snowboards in a handy location right by the slopes. You’ll find this shop in the heart of the village, with easy access to the ski lifts, but not exactly on the bus or gondola lines. For day storage, they have baskets available.
Northstar On Mountain Demos
This mid-mountain demo shop stands out from the other options around Northstar for its unique ski-in, ski-out service. You’ll find this rental location at the top of the Big Springs Gondola. If you’re thinking about buying new gear, you can demo skis or snowboards and apply the rental fee towards your purchase after hitting the slopes. To streamline the rental process and ensure you get the equipment you want, reserve your demo online through RentSkis.com. As you’re enjoying the mountain and the resort, you can store boots and shoes during the day and stash items in baskets. Also, if you need to pick up a hat or gloves, you can purchase clothing and accessories in the shop.
Any Mountain – Tahoe City
Anyone staying in or around Tahoe City can take advantage of the rental services at Any Mountain, an outdoor store in the heart of town on N. Lake Boulevard (about a 30-minute drive from Northstar). The shop has a nice selection of skis and snowboards for rent, and the fully stocked retail area includes a wide array of outdoor clothing and gear. When you reserve your rental through RentSkis.com, you can use Any Mountain’s easy “en-route” option to pick up your equipment as you’re heading to the resort. The shop also sits along a bus line that takes you to Northstar, making it easy to reach the slopes without the stress of driving or parking.
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Written by Jenna Herzog for Matcha in partnership with Rent Skis.
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