Outdoor store on the North Shore takes a leap | SierraSun.com

Outdoor store on the North Shore takes a leap

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun Rick Papaleo, Jeremiah Skirvin and Dave Policy stand inside their store Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach Monday afternoon. The trio opened the store in October but have been running their business online for four years.

Tahoe Mountain Sports, which has operated since 2004 as a Truckee-based online store for both summer and winter outdoor gear, now has a retail shop in Kings Beach.

The outdoor store, which opened on Oct. 1, will be the only location in Kings Beach where locals and visitors can buy climbing equipment and snow kites, and will attract customers seeking expedition-quality gear.

“We kept getting calls from locals who wanted to shop [in a store] because we carry brands that you can’t get elsewhere,” said Dave Polivy, a co-owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports. “Now we have a place where people can come and see and buy the products.”

The building where owners Polivy, Jeremiah Skirvin and Rick Papaleo opened their Internet-based store is currently under a bankruptcy sale, but Skirvin said they knew about the sale when they signed the month-to-month lease. He said the store gives them a good opportunity to try out a new inventory management program that requires electricity, which is something their Truckee warehouse is without. He said it will take six to eight months to get “dialed in,” but they can move their store to any location on the North Shore.

“We are able to move anywhere, anytime,” Skirvin said.

The owners say Tahoe Mountain Sports attracts backcountry skiers and outdoor enthusiasts because they carry various brands that include Mammut, Kavu clothing, Deuter backpacks, and Ozone snowkites. Backpacks have been the biggest seller via the Internet, Skirvin said.

Tahoe Mountain Sports is also the only store in the country that carries the full line of Cloudveil products, Polivy said. More brands are currently available to the store since they now have a showroom where customers can shop.

“We have a unique product selection,” Skirvin said. “Everything is high quality.”

Although the three friends started the Tahoe Mountain Sports venture selling back-country ski gear, they have expanded and now offer camping, hiking, rock climbing, boarding and snowkiting gear. Polivy and Skirvin will also offer snowkiting demos and lessons in the winter.

“It’s a different kind of business for the area,” Polivy said. “We’re trying to create a year-round viable business.”

Although their client base is worldwide, the owners of Tahoe Mountain Sports are committed to the local community. Their business sponsors the Big Blue Adventure Series, was a sponsor in the creation of a disc golf course at the North Tahoe Regional Park, is a member of the North Tahoe Business Association, and of Leave No Trace.

Polivy, Skirvin and Papaleo say because they are mindful of the environment they encourage online shopping when possible because it saves gas and time, and they recycle all their shipping supplies. Shipping is free for all orders greater than $100 and delivery is free in the North Tahoe/ Truckee region.

“It’s great to have a new business in Kings Beach. It looks great from the street and will help drive foot traffic through the commercial core,” said Kali Kopley of the North Tahoe Business Association. “It’s a business that’s not dependent on the seasonal tourist business.”

Tahoe Mountain Sports

8645 N. Lake Blvd. Suite 14

Kings Beach

Monday – Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. or by appointment

546-7001 or (866) 891-9177


Locals get a 10-percent discount in-store

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