At The Rock House we love our beginner customers and are always glad to help them discover what I consider to be one of the greatest sports on the planet. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s why we’re here. Thanks for choosing our shop! —Robert Cole (owner)


1. SOCKS MATTER. If your feet aren’t happy, you’re not going to have a good day. You’ll need a thin smooth weave sock that comes up above the top of the boot—preferably wool and polyester mix—but not cotton! Cotton socks are a no go. If you don’t have the right socks, we carry all sizes of proper ski and board socks.

2. WHAT KIND OF SKIS SHOULD I RENT? Good question! If you are a beginner, stay with our regular adult package. You need a soft forgiving ski and our regular adult skis are perfect for you.

Once you’ve gotten close to the intermediate level you are starting to use the edge of the ski more. At this point we recommend going to a better ski. Our sport package is the next level up.

Advanced intermediates all the way to expert level skiers will appreciate our high performance rack which consists of our previous years demo skis in a wide assortment of widths and styles—and one of the best deals in the shop. All are meticulously tuned and waxed. You’ll be getting a demo quality ski at a discounted price!

3. ALTITUDE. Remember, at most of our Tahoe ski resorts, you will be skiing between 7000 and 10,000 feet elevation. If you come from a lower altitude, pace yourself. If you feel tired take a break. Also, don’t be fooled by that big lake and snow on the ground. Tahoe is a very dry climate and it’s easy to get dehydrated. Drink plenty of water and let your body get used to the altitude. We want your experience to be a great one and the best way to avoid injuries is to not push yourself too hard.


  • Skis or Snowboard, Boots and Poles (Seems obvious, but we’ve all forgotten one of these essentials!)
  • Proper Socks (tall and thin)
  • Warm Moisture Resistant Clothing
  • Goggles (important on cold or bad light days)
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses (okay on warm sunny days)
  • Helmet
  • Sunscreen (high altitude = sunburn)
  • Water (dehydration can cause many symptoms like exhaustion, headache, etc.)
  • Pocket Food (skiing burns a lot of calories)

Most important of all… Have Fun!

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