The Sierra Nevada Mountains and Nordic Skiing go together like peanut butter and jelly, if parental sandwiches were the same as the thrill that is cross-country skiing. Leave the downhill to people who want to dodge other skiers, listen to people shrill their way down the mountain, all while risking a broken bone—or worse. Still, if you’re going cross-country skiing, you want it to count in terms of what you get to see and what you get to experience. There is a reason millions of people visit the Sierra Mountain/Lake Tahoe region each year. The 400-mile Mountain Range is surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of backcountry skiing. Now that it’s back open, Royal Gorge alone offers 6,000 acres of cross-country skiing and is within easy reach of Sugar Bowl and Tahoe Donner.
Another thing that’s a little different about Nordic skiing is that it lends itself more easily to investing in personalized ski and gear. There are definitely cross-country skis available for rent out there, and as a first-timer on a shorter Nordic trail this can make a lot of sense. Otherwise, Nordic skiing tends to be something you either pass on or fall in love with, even more so than downhill skiing. And when you’re exposed to the stark beauty that is the Sierra Nevada Mountain/Lake Tahoe region, most people tend to fall in love.
Thus, there’s a stronger preference to buy your gear outright. Especially if you’re renting your skis from the resort shop, you can simply head back and swap the skis out if you don’t like the ones they originally gave you. There’s less commitment involved in other words. Once you’re three, five, six miles out from the resort, lodge, vehicle, or other base camp, you’re stuck with the equipment you brought with you. Even if you are on a multiday adventure in which you have supply drops scheduled, the plan is never to say that your untested rental skis are giving you a blister that’s making it difficult to continue.
That’s why the Sierra Nordic site has always focused on ski equipment sales and brand-name products that offer reliable quality and considerable long-term value. Shop for highly-rated cross country ski gear. Find skis, poles, wax, boots, bindings, and accessories. Featured brands include Alpina, Atomic, Leki, Madshus, Rottefella, Rossignol, Salomon, Star, Swix and more.