Here's the scenerio: you're flying in to ski several North Lake Tahoe resorts, but you don't want to pay airline fees to bring your gear. That's where Tahoe Dave's helps out. You can rent gear at any of the four shops, use it at any resort, and return it to a different shop.

Tahoe Dave's shops are sprinkled in four towns around North Lake Tahoe. The Kings Beach store is convenient for skiing Northstar-at-Tahoe, Diamond Peak, and Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe. One shop located in Squaw Valley and another in Tahoe City work best for visiting Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, and Squaw Valley USA. The Truckee location adjacent to I-80 works for all North Lake Tahoe resorts, including Sugar Bowl Resort, Boreal Mountain, Tahoe Donner, Soda Springs, and Donner Ski Ranch.

The shops rent several lines of gear for skiers and snowboarders, including beginner packages, recreational levels, powder boards, and performance equipment. The shops are also high performance Burton Demo Centers. Snowshoes, cross-country skis, and clothing are also available for rent.

Rental rates at Tahoe Dave's tend to run a little less than the resort rental shops. Beginner ski rental packages for adults start at $27 for one day. Additional days cost $23, and rentals on the fifth consecutive day are free.

The company also offers an online coupon for discounts on rentals. It gives $2 off a one-day rental package, $3 off a multiple-day weekend package, or $5 off a multiple day midweek rentals. Check the coupon for stipulations on use. Other discounts include children's rentals, which are discounted up to 50 percent. Students and military with appropriate identification personnel can get 10 percent off rentals.

Tahoe Dave's also provides services that add convenience for travelers. Reservations are available online. Rentals can be picked up after 4 p.m. the night before without an extra charge, which saves time in the morning to get to the slopes early. Those who want to ship their equipment to North Lake Tahoe can use Tahoe Dave's as a place to send and pick up your skis.

More information. Or call 530-583-6415 for Tahoe City skis, 530-583-0400 for Tahoe City snowboards, 530-546-5800 for Kings Beach, 530-583-5665 for Squaw Valley, and 530-582-0900 for Truckee.