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

Bike Consignment Sale- Bring us Your Used Bikes!

Its time to start thinking about trading in that old bike for a new whip! Bring us your used bike to sell at our 3rd annual Memorial Weekend Bike Consignment Sale!

You choose either 80% store credit to spend on anything in the shop, or choose 100% credit toward a new bike!

Accepting bikes now – whether its a DH, mountain bike, roadie, or a cruiser – dust it off and bring it by the shop. We’ll help you check it in, price it, and we’ll store it for you until the sale.

Sale happens Memorial Weekend, May 25th through 28th!

The Classics: TLD A1 & A2 Helmets Reviewed

Troy Lee Designs A1 & A2 Mountain Biking Helmets: Superior Protection and Style

Still have the same bike helmet you bought when you first started riding? With greater awareness of the long-term damaging effects of concussions, bike helmet design has improved industry wide: helmets are no longer designed just to prevent skull fractures. One improvement is Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), a revolutionary technology that lets the helmet slide relative to the head, adding more protection against rotational violence to the brain caused by angled impacts. Troy Lee Designs feels that MIPS is so important to prevent concussions that they no longer make helmets without it. Come into Start Haus in Truckee and check out our full line of bike helmets, including the A1 and A2 helmets by Troy Lee Design.

The Classic A1 by Troy Lee is an aggressive all-mountain half shell helmet that has been a mountain biking industry leader for more than a decade. Known for being the most comfortable helmet on the market, the A1 has a superior liner, providing protection and all day wear ability whatever the terrain. With its race-inspired design, the Troy Lee A1 features a distinctive style, with eye-catching modern design and graphics. The A1 features:

  • Reinforced polycarbonate shell in-molded with the EPS liner extends down the sides and back of the head for maximum protection and durability
  • MIPS brain protection system, reduces rotational forces to the brain
  • Eight pressurized intake passages draw in cool air for maximum ventilation
  • Eight rear vacuum vortex outlets help exhaust and draw heat from head
  • Triple position adjustable retention system allows customized fit for various eyewear, head shape and riding styles
  • Single piece, ultra plush, removable and washable comfort liner made of anti-microbial moisture wicking material for a dry, comfortable feel
  • Full spectrum adjustable moto inspired visor with anodized aluminum hardware

The Troy Lee A2 is new for 2018, building on all the award-winning features of the A1 with added protection and improved ventilation. The A2 is the first helmet in its class to combine EPP (for slow speed impacts) and EPS (for high speed impacts), setting a new benchmark for mountain bike helmets and redefining mountain bike safety, style, comfort, and ventilation. The A2 features:

  • Huge air intakes – 25% larger than A1 – connected to massive exhaust ports through deep internal channels provide powerful cooling efficiency
  • Updated X-Static® pure silver comfort liner with more material for comfort delivers high performance odor protection and quick-dry moisture wicking
  • MIPS brain protection system. reduces rotational forces to the brain
  • Dual-density EPS co-molded with EPP for state-of-the-art impact energy management at low and high crash speeds, and everything in between
  • 16% more EPS+EPP in the frontal lobe and raised EPS splines provide more protection in the common impact zones
  • Aerospace filament-reinforced polycarbonate shell
  • Break-away anodized aluminum visor screws
  • Rear stabilizer fit system with flexible, slimline arms, including 3-position front and rear locations for a custom fit
  • Expanded field of view works with both goggles and glasses
  • Adjustable strap dividers for a perfect fit every time

Stop by Start Haus and talk to our bike experts and check out helmets and more biking gear to enhance your experience on the trails.


2018 Norco Youth Bikes in Stock!

Biking season is right around the corner in Tahoe and going strong in any direction down the hill. The bike side of Start Haus in Truckee is ready to get you out on the trail or road, with knowledgeable bike mechanics and Giant, Liv, and Norco bikes and gear, including kids’ bikes. Getting kids riding early and often sets them up for great riding experiences throughout their lives. Truckee Bike Park is a great place to hone skills and have fun as a family – and it’s free. Just as you care what you ride, the right equipment can make all the difference for getting kids excited to ride.

Norco youth bikes –  from their smallest kids’ run bikes to their 24” full suspension mountain bike – feature lightweight aluminum frames, custom geometry, and kid-specific components, like short stems and wide bars for more stable handling. Ample standover clearance and short chainstays make it possible to fit kids on bikes with larger wheels, helping them roll over bumpy terrain. Norco bikes help build skills and confidence so kids will love riding as much as you do.


Norco Ninja or Mermaid Run Bikes

Run/stride bikes are the best way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn the basics of riding. Unlike tricycles or training wheels, run bikes teach kids balance on two wheels in natural riding position and control with their feet close to the ground. Ever watched a kid tear down a hill on a strider, heavily dragging their feet, terrified that they’re going to crash? Norco run bikes are designed for mountain kids. Their 12” Ninja and Mermaid bikes have hand brakes with small levers and reach adjust to fit small hands, so riders can get used to hand brakes at a younger age. An aluminum quick release clamp allows for easy adjustment of seat height. They feature lightweight aluminum frames with size scaled tubing, carefully fitted with the lightest components for the best overall ride experience.


Norco Samurai 16”

The Samurai 16″ is a freewheel bike equipped with front and rear hand brakes, something you don’t always find on kids’ bikes. (Coaster brakes aren’t acceptable for kids who can rip or for riding at the bike park.) Along with hand brakes, the Samurai is thoughtfully designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, grippy 16-inch tires and quality components. This bike delivers confidence and control for young riders developing their skills and with a comfortable seat and a cool paint job, they’ll want to keep rolling on it all day.


Norco Storm 2.3 and Storm 4.1

Experienced young mountain bikers need the right gear to push them to the next level. Whether it’s mild off-roading to aggressive trail adventures, the Storm will get them excited to get in the saddle. The Storm 2.3 is perfect for hitting the trails and exploring the neighborhood. It features Norco’s new lightweight aluminum frame and 20-inch wheels, with quality components across the board, including Shimano Tourney 6 speed derailleurs and optional disc brakes and suspension fork. The Storm 4.1 is a step up from the Storm 2.3, both in components and size. The 24” Storm 4.1 is ready to rip. The 4.1 features Norco’s lightweight aluminum frame, 24-inch wheels and quality components, including Shimano RevoShift 7-speed derailleurs and disc brakes, with optional suspension fork. The Storm delivers crisp shifting and responsive handling to help your kid get the most from their ride every time.

Come by Start Haus and talk to our expert mechanics and check out our full line of bikes.

Home Ski Care 101 – Part 3, The Finishing Details

In Part 1 we looked at ski waxing basics, and in Part 2, we got a little more advanced with edge tuning. This week, we’ll take a look at finishing both of those jobs up with brushing and sidewall finishing.


A common mistake we see at Start Haus is folks who think they’re trying to create a glass-smooth coating on the bottom of their skis with wax, and the more the better. The truth is, glass smooth isn’t fast – in fact it creates suction drag on the snow. That’s why ski bases have a pattern in them, and we don’t want to plug up that grind pattern with wax.

We want the wax inside the base, not on top of it. So after waxing and letting the skis cool, it’s critical to finish with scraping and brushing.

It boils down to taking the excess wax off in steps from scraping with a plexi scraper down through a few levels of brushing.

For those who really want to do a detailed job:

  • Start with a wire brush to really dig into the grind structure
  • Follow up with a nylon brush to start smoothing stuff out
  • Finish with a soft brush like horsehair for a polished finish

For those who want to keep it simple, you can stick to a nylon brush.

See the technique here:

Sidewall shaping is a more advanced technique – using some of the tools previously covered in the edging tutorial, plus some specialized tools.

You’ll need:

See the technique here:

This is getting pretty advanced, and as always, the expert techs at Start Haus are here to help you out.