Dave Wilderotter, Tahoe Dave’s – NTCA

Dave Wilderotter, Tahoe Dave’s

After stints in Aspen and San Francisco, Dave moved to North Tahoe in 1977 from Michigan. He started Tahoe Dave’s Skis & Boards in the fall of 1977 at the Henrikson building in Tahoe City with a small room, 15 pairs of skis, a workbench, and an immense desire to “have a good time and stay out of jail.” (Which still applies today.) Since Dave couldn’t afford to pay rent for his new business and a place to live, he did the only thing he could… he made a makeshift bedroom above the bathroom in the ski shop. The rest is history. What started out as a small one-man shop in Tahoe City has turned into five stores in four convenient locations, giving Dave the ability to offer his “rent at any location, return or exchange at any location” program. Dave has remained involved in non-profits and political-type committees. Keeping the sense of community alive has been a passion, along with good live music. Dave says that being involved is the best way to keep Tahoe, Tahoe.

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