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Beer, Brats, Airbags & Sierra Avalanche Center

Granite Chief Beer, Brats, Airbags

Storm cycles are on the horizon!  Be sure to kick off the winter season with our 4th annual Beers, Brats, and Airbags benefit for the Sierra Avalanche Center.  Stop by the shop on November 17th to get the scoop on the latest in avalanche protocol, all while feeding your thirst, appetite, and winning sweet backcountry raffle prizes.  

Sierra Avalanche Center

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.  If you want to get the know the SAC a litter better, be sure to join us for a beer, a brat or two, and new avy protocol at our 4th Annual Beers, Brats, & Airbags.

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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