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Open New Doors, Try New Things – Winter Equipment Rentals

Make this winter one that you'll remember and try something new! From renting snow gear to hopping on an E-Bike these stores in Nevada County will make sure you're properly fitted to enjoy the great outdoors.

Tips & Resources

Truckee has a vast array of outdoor gear shops with premium gear and knowledgeable local service. For more, check out Visit Truckee-Tahoe’s Shops, Guides, Tours page.

When venturing into the backcountry it’s up to you to make sure you come home safe. To learn about the current avalanche risk today visit the Sierra Avalanche Center.

Winter is when most of our precipitation comes so be sure to check the trail conditions ahead of time and Say No To Mud This Rainy Season.


By Laura Petersen

Attention outdoor lovers! Get ready for an adventure you won’t soon forget when you schedule a visit to Nevada County. Whether you’re headed to the lower elevation trails on a mountain bike, cruising through historic downtowns on an e-bike, shredding the mountain slopes on skis or snowboard or taking a trip somewhere a little quieter with a pair of snowshoes or backcountry skis, the options are endless.

Challenge Yourself

If you’re new to the wonders of winter recreation and don’t yet have your own equipment, chin up! A number of outdoor retailers carry great gear you can rent for a day or weekend at a price point designed to put newbies at ease. Check out our list of outdoor shops below and start scheming your dream winter weekend. Soon you’ll be vibing in nature.

Truckee – Rent Skis, Snowboards, Snowshoes and More!

person snowshoeing over Donner Summit overlooking the peaks of the Sierra Nevada on a sunny partly cloudy day
Image appears courtesy: Tahoe Mountain Sports – Photo by: Paul Hamill

Tahoe Mountain Sports

Visit Tahoe Mountain Sports Website

At the entrance to the legendary Sierra Nevada, Tahoe Mountain Sports brings you the best in outdoor gear for every adventure. You’ll find an extensive selection of backcountry gear rentals so that you can head out safely into Truckee’s winter wonderland. You’ll find skis, splitboards, ice axes, and even avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, and probe). Regardless of where you call home you can feel part of the Truckee community and sign up for their 10% locals discount program. You’ll get 10% back on every purchase and don’t even have to be a local.

Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards

Visit Tahoe Dave’s Website

For over 40 years, Tahoe Dave’s has been serving up fun with an extensive selection of demos and a mind-blowing rental fleet for everyone, from the first-day beginner to the seasoned expert. If you’re renting for more than a day, they offer a quick jet wax at the end of each day for no extra charge. Cool. Hit up their knowledgeable staff about choice local hot spots based on current conditions and they’ll even make recommendations for dinner and where to go for nightlife. Save time and create your rental profile online before you arrive! Open daily with two convenient locations on Donner Pass Road.

The Back Country

Visit The Back Country Website

Whether you’re looking for backcountry skis, splitboards, XC skis, telemark skis or snowshoes, The Back Country in downtown Truckee has it! They also carry avalanche safety gear for your backcountry outing. These guys are longtime locals who know the area and can make recommendations that you can count on. They give a 10 percent discount on rental equipment to all folks who sign up with their international alpine guide service.

Tahoe Sports Hub

Visit Tahoe Sports Hub Website

Tahoe Sports Hub is a team of passionate athletes who want you to have a good day in the mountains. Their mission? To carry everything you need to stay safe, stoked and styling. Here you’ll find alpine skis, backcountry skis and splitboards along with snowshoe rentals. For extra safety, they even rent avalanche beacons. Register online to save time!

Blue Zone Sports

Visit Truckee’s Blue Zone Sports website

Blue Zone offers a full selection of ski and snowboard rentals with custom boot fittings for all levels – from learning setups to high-end demo packages. Their knowledgeable staff will guide you to the best slopes and trails the region has to offer. Get out!

As you can see Truckee has a vast array of outdoor gear shops with premium gear and knowledgeable local service. For more, check out Visit Truckee-Tahoe’s Shops, Guides, Tours page.

Grass Valley

Image appears courtesy: Mountain Recreation

Mountain Recreation

Visit Mountain Recreation Website

Open daily, Mountain Recreation offers rentals year round and in the winter months, look for alpine skis, snowboards, cross-country skis and snowshoes (including boots and poles). This family-run business has a full-service ski shop for folks who have their own gear and need a tune or wax. They also carry an extensive selection of quality outdoor apparel to keep you warm and dry on a chilly day, backpacking gear, trail running and hiking shoes and a knowledgeable staff that will help you find the best equipment you need for a fun day.

Nevada City

exterior of Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop with owners in front
Image appears courtesy: Tour Of Nevada City Bicycle Shop

Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop

Visit Tour Of Nevada City Bike Shop Website

Don’t want to pack your bike on your next trip to Nevada City but want to check out some of the epic local trails you’ve heard so much about? No problem! Plan your next cycling adventure with Tour of Nevada City when you rent one of their high-quality bikes (electric and standard mountain). All rentals include a helmet and knowledge from their trained staff on some world-class riding spots. While they accept walk-ins, it’s a good idea to reserve your bike in advance so it’ll be waiting in the perfect size and style once you arrive. This shop is loaded with cool gear. You’ve been warned!

Penn Valley

Sierra E-Bike Superstore

Visit Sierra E-Bike Store Website

Want to explore local historic downtowns and trails in Western Nevada County? Why not rent an e-bike for the weekend? California’s largest e-bike store can be found in the small town of Penn Valley. What?! That’s right! Sierra E-Bike Superstore in Penn Valley has it all and will deliver locally at no extra charge. Heads up… they require a two-day minimum.



Laura Petersen

Laura Petersen has a passion for storytelling and for two decades has chronicled the people and places of Northern California. Fascinated by folk who make a rustic livelihood from the land, her writing examines the complexities of human relationships with nature through topics such as sustainability, food and farming, arts & culture and outdoor recreation. In 2018, she founded Hiking For Good and can regularly be found hiking on trails in Nevada County. Read her work at and contact her at

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