Gear Review & Tech Talk

What’s new in ski equipment and apparel technology? Granite Chief will keep you informed with the ski industry’s latest innovations and how to use them to make you a better consumer and a ripping skier.

  1. Changes To Our Boot Fitting Set Up

    It has snowed, temps are cold, and ski resorts are beginning to open! It seems winter has finally arrived! Now is the perfect time to come in and get your new boots fit or solve old existing aches and pains you may have had in your previous pair! Here at Granite Chief, your safety is our number one priority! ...
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  2. Volkl Skis Are In!

    Volkl Skis Are In!

    Last spring at our annual demo our employees had a chance to try Volkl Skis' new lineup. Everyone loved them as Volkl continues to deliver standout skis! New this year: 1.) The all-new Blaze Series The introduction of the Mantra marked the beginning of Völkl's powerful freeriding ski lines. For those who want to ride free without...
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  3. Backcountry Essentials: 3 Must-Haves!

    Backcountry Essentials: 3 Must-Haves!

    Winter is right around the corner and we could not be more excited! That being said, we have seen a huge increase in the number of backcountry users since the breakout of COVID. With ski resorts being shut down or people simply wanting to escape the crowds, more and more people are flocking to the backcountry. If you are one...
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  4. How Our Race Tunes Work!

    Here at Granite Chief, we take pride in our work. That's why our shop crew has learned from and worked with one of the very best, Josh Benge. Watch the video below to see exactly what you are paying for with a race tune from the Chief. In a sport were the most minor detail can change the outcome of...
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  5. Five Reasons Why You Should Ski With Zipfit

    Five Reasons Why You Should Ski With Zipfit

    "For the highest quality liner, with the best fit and feel go with Zipfit!." - Darren Padget According to one of our best boot fitters, Darren, here is what you get when you choose this liner: 1.) Control:  A very precise exacting fit that makes any boot fit and ski better. 2.) Consistency of fit: Every day you...
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  6. Tahoe-Pyramid Trail Jersey Just Arrived!

    Tahoe-Pyramid Trail Jersey Just Arrived!

    "The Tahoe-Pyramid Trail (abbreviated as ‘TPT’) is based on a vision for a trail that would follow the entire length of the Truckee River, from its source at forested Lake Tahoe (6225′) to the desert terminus of Pyramid Lake (3796′). The current route can be traveled by foot or by bicycle, and when fully completed, will descend over 2000 feet during the entire...
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  7. Chacos: The Perfect Summer Sandal!

    Chacos: The Perfect Summer Sandal!

    The summer heat is here and Chaco's are in stock! When it gets this hot, my feet can't handle being in shoes with socks. This is where Chaco's come into play! These are the best sandals you can get for the active Tahoe lifestyle. Whether you are floating the river, out for a casual hike, or maybe just walking around...
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  8. US Ski Team Race Tune Special With Josh Benge!

    US Ski Team Race Tune Special With Josh Benge!

    One of our favorite former employees, Josh Benge, worked in our ski service area for 10 years and has spent the last few years working for the U.S. Ski Team. Due to Covid-19 and no overseas travel he will be with Granite Chief for the month of July. As a result, we will be offering up a special deal to...
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  9. Trail Running In Tahoe

    Trail Running In Tahoe

    Trail running is an engaging workout that can allow you to see some beautiful scenery. I was never into running for the longest time because I hated pounding my feet against the pavement on roads while getting whizzed by oncoming traffic. All I could think about was the agony I was in and how I couldn't wait to get home...
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  10. Petzl Tikka VS Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

    Petzl Tikka VS Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

    Looking into purchasing a new headlamp? There are a lot of small details between each headlamp that may affect which one is the right choice for you!  Here is a break down between the Petzl Tikka and Black Diamond Cosmo headlamps to help make your decision easier!   1.) Lumens a.) Tikka: 200 Lumens b.) Cosmo...
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