This is by no means an exhaustive list. Here are a few local (Santa Fe plus) places to rent or buy cross country equipment from. At the very bottom are links to some online places with good equipment selection and knowledgeable staff.
I would always recommend calling the stores first and making sure they have what you are looking for before making the trip. After bad snow years (like 2005-06) stores tend to lower their stock due to low demand, so even if they have skis for rent or sale they probably don’t have that many, so it’s worth calling ahead!
RENT backcountry, classic or skate equipment.
BUY backcountry, classic or skate equipment.
Bike N Sport
RENT mostly back country with skate rentals coming soon.
BUY – have some equipment for sale, call for details.
Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works
RENT backcountry skis only.
Cottam’s Ski Shop in Santa Fe
RENT at least classic equipment, call about skate and backcountry
BUY at least classic equipment
BUY don’t know about rent – call.
RED RIVER (two hours north of Los Alamos through scenic Taos)
Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area
505-754-6112 Ski Area;
1-800-966-9381 Toll Free
RENT classic or skate equipment along with lessons in each style
RENT pulk for your kids, or kid skis
BUY classic or skate equipment
- try out classic or skate styles and equipment before buying.
- kid friendly, rent skis and classes for them, or pull them around in a pulk
- marked and mapped snowshoe trails for your non-ski friends
- try their Just Desserts Ski in mid-February – that will get anyone into cross country skiing! Info on their site.
LINKS TO NORDIC EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGEABLE SITES:
These are for questions on equipment and buying – they don’t rent online.
GearWest – call them, they know everything and have very helpful recommendations!
Also, they catalog has more than the website and includes tips on what to get for ski packages for different levels and ages and more. In my experience, their website lags in updating the new gear which sometimes sells out without ever getting put up, so request a catalog if you are interested. Great customer service.
Akers Cross Country Ski Equipment
They have everything and tend to have more backcountry stuff than other places. They have a lot of affordable package deals (skis, boots, poles all together). My beginner stuff was from them as well as my backcountry and they are great.
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