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Shreddit Showdown & Sierra Avalanche Center

Granite Chief Shreddit Showdown Ski Movie Contest

The Shreddit Showdown is Tahoe's premier event for skiers to get a taste of what it's like to be one of the industries top athletes!  Contestants have all season to get out on the slopes, in the park, or out in the backcountry to put together their best shots in a 3-minute edit.  Check out contest details and timeline on our blog.

Sierra Avalanche Center

Didn't make it to Beers, Brats, and Airbags?  No worries, the Sierra Avalanche Center is a great resource.  Established in 2004, and forecasting over 1,500 square miles of the Sierras, the Sierra Avalanche Center is the backcountry fanatics go-to source for avalanche safety information.

Climbing Donner & Desolation Wilderness

Climbing Donner Summit

Cooler temperatures and lighter crowds means the prime climbing season is upon us at Donner Summit.  Home to hundreds of classic climbing routes ranging anywhere from 5.6 to 5.14, Donner has dozens of must-do lines to add to your climbing bucket list.  Here are twenty Donner Summit climbing routes to tackle this season.  

Shop employee, Mike, recounts his adventures and mis-adventures backpacking in Desolation Wilderness.  "We have Desolation Wilderness backpacking just minutes down the road from us, so it's a natural place to go.  It feels like our backyard, and that's what maybe led us to be more casual than we should have been". 

The Chief

Established in 1976, Granite Chief is one of the few if not the only ski shop still operating under original ownership. We are a California ski shop and a longtime local’s favorite. Granite Chief was the first to introduce world cup ski tuning, repairs and custom ski boot fitting on the consumers level. The Chief was the first shop to purchase a factory level stonegrinder and show off our tuning and boot fitting skills behind glass for our customers to view the work as it is being done.

Today we are a full service ski shop offering top of the line ski equipment and skiwear, a full line of rental and performance demo skis, and of course all the state of the art equipment services you have come to expect from The Chief.

Over the years we have expanded our business into summer sports, making us largest sporting goods stores in the Truckee area. Years of living and working in the mountains has made us experts in hiking, trail running, kayaking, and paddle boarding. We are a valuable resource for visitors and locals alike.

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