The Kore Line Impression

The Head Kore series of skis are the kind of skis that don’t come around every year.
They combine characteristics that we traditionally think of as mutually exclusive.
And they’ve definitely grabbed the attention of Start Haus staff.


Well damped, calm and stable on edge, yet light, playful and quick from edge to edge
– The Head Kore 93, 105 and 117 manage to never be nervous nor lethargic,
responding to skier’s input intuitively and always doing what you want them to do.

The narrowest of the bunch – the Head Kore 93, rails on groomers and even
punches through the crud in a way a ski this light has no business doing. It may
sound like hyperbole, but a unique construction combining karuba wood, Koroyd
(think Smith helmets) and a layer of carbon infused with Graphene all add up to a
structure that does the job of traditional metal laminates, minus 200 grams per ski.

The Head Kore 105 snagged Powder Magazine’s ski of the Year last year, and it’s
really a perfect all-rounder for the Tahoe area. Balancing firm-snow performance,
poise in tough, variable snow and float in the soft stuff, many are mounting this ski
up with AT bindings and heading into the backcountry too.

Normally 110+ millimeter skis are relegated to soft-snow only, but the Kore line’s
versatility shows up once again with the Head Kore 117. It may not be an everyday
ski like the 105 or even 93, but it’s the kind of fat powder ski that doesn’t make you
want to run back to the car after things start to get tracked out in the morning – it’ll
go all day. Often skis this wide and this stable are heavy chargers that need some
seriously strong legs and talented skiers, but the Kore’s unique construction means
this is a ski that won’t beat you up as fatigue sets in.

All-in, the Head Kore line is truly impressive, swing by Start Haus and speak
with one of our salespeople if you’re interested in learning more!

The New Wintersteiger OMEGA Machine

The New Wintersteiger Omega – What it Does for You

A quality grind is a critical part of a good ski tune, and with the addition of a Wintersteiger Omega, Start Haus continues to offer cutting edge options for ski tuning, whether you’re a racer or recreational skier.

Why is the Omega better?

First – it has the ability to grind separate patterns for the sides, or margins, of the ski.

On the ski, that means Start Haus can set one pattern down the middle – say an aggressive pattern designed to move water, making for a faster ski on warm, wet snow. But where a traditional grind would put that pattern right out to the edge, where it can be grabby when making turns – the Omega can give you two smooth margins down the sides of the ski.

With margins

Standard thumbprint pattern

That makes for quicker, smoother turn initiation and release without grabbing – giving your ski a sportier, more playful feel.

For racers, quick turn initiation without grab saves speed and momentum too.

Beyond the ability to create margins on the ski – the Omega just gives a better grind overall. Smoother, more precise – it all adds up to a faster, better feeling ski.

A grind on the Omega costs $70, compared to a standard grind at $45 – but when you’re looking for the best, the Omega delivers. Give it a try next time you bring your skis in for a tune and wax, you won’t be disappointed.



Tune Clinic Schedule

Join us for our much sought after winter tune clinic series!  We’ll cover an array of topics to help you keep those skis sharp and fast.  Check out the schedule below:

November 24th-  Wax and Maintenance

December 15th- Intro to Race Tuning

January 12th- Advanced Tuning

February 16th- Tuning for Spring Conditions

2018 Race Weekend

Join us for the 2018 Race Weekend!

Kick off your season with the experts- all major brand reps will be on-hand and ready to help you sort out what your athlete requires for the coming season. Get your orders sorted and placed before the gear sells out!

All race gear is marked at racer price! No gimmicks, no fake sales- your team athlete gets manufacturer race price on all skis, boots, and bindings!

October 27th and 28th.  Only at Start Haus.

End of Summer Bike Sale


 We’re clearing out bikes making room for our winter stock.  Enjoy 25% OFF all mountain bikes, 30% OFF all road bikes, and 50% OFF all townies.

Up To 80% OFF Select Gear

And to sweeten the deal, we’ve gathered together a garage-sale pile of super discounted gear for pennies on the dollar- Tires, tubes, stems, saddles, and more all at up-to 80% OFF!

Sale starts now – get a move on!

2018 Ski Consignment Sale! COMPLETE


Thanks to everyone who made this one of our biggest consignment sales yet!  We’ll be compiling sales reports in the coming weeks.  Standby for a notification of your credit.

Start planning for the annual Start Haus Ski Consignment Sale! Got skis stacking up in your garage? Bring em down and turn that old gear into new.

Accepting skis now!

Bring us your used or new skis & race suits to get checked in and priced! Choose either 80% store credit or 60% cash and clear out that old gear!

Sale happens over labor day weekend, every year. This is a great way to sell off your old skis & race suits, and shop for either newer used gear or take advantage of our store-wide sale!

Bikes, skis, and more will be on sale for up-to HALF OFF.

We’re Hiring

All positions are now filled.  If you’re a rock star, send us your resume anyway!

Who we are:
Start Haus is an award winning world-class ski shop located in the heart of California’s ski country. We service professional athletes to enthusiast skiers. Full time employees having worked a full season are compensated for one season pass at the resort of your choice. Pay is DOE, but Start Haus prides itself on offering its employees a living wage.

Giant Bikes Demo Tour at Start Haus!

Join us Sunday June 24th for the Free Giant Demo Day at Start Haus!

Come check out the latest bikes and take em for a spin! Easy access to trails right from the shop. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have on bikes, plus deals in-store!

Buy a bike on June 24th and get 25% off any bike accessories!

June 24th 10AM-4PM only at Start Haus!

Used Wintersteiger TrimJet Edger Polisher for Sale

Wintersteiger TrimJet Ski Edge Sharpener & Tuner

Up for sale is a used and well maintained TrimJet edger. This machine has been used by the Start Haus ski-tech team for a few years now. It has been meticulously maintained by Wintersteiger technicians multiple times per season.

Comes with everything you need to start running skis through it, plus extra parts-

  • 2 extra disc drive motors
    2 extra feet drive motors
    brand new set of discs

Stock picture is a similar model, shown assembled.
$15,000 OBO