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. Feel The Infrared Difference | Race Performance Wax Quality For All

    Feel The Infrared Difference | Race Performance Wax Quality For All

    Infrared For The Win Ski waxing can become somewhat of a chore when you do it alone in the garage. Or maybe you’re one of those people that never wax (you should be taking care of those skis!) Either way the ski techs here at Granite Chief have you covered. Welcome to the infrared waxing world. This...
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  2. Massive Amounts of Snow = Bring Out The DPS Skis

    Massive Amounts of Snow = Bring Out The DPS Skis

    The DPS Story DPS was founded in 2005 when professional skier Stephan Drake formed a partnership with top ski engineer Peter Turner. The two men set out with the inspiring vision of making perfect skis for the true die-hard skier. Since then they have redefined ski shape and construction. They made the first all prepreg carbon fiber sandwich ski and...
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  3. Icebreaker | Merino Wool Baselayers For Every Activity

    Merino Wool Tired of being uncomfortable during your outdoor activities from too many layers? Well Icebreaker’s merino wool base layers are a great way to stay warm, dry and comfortable. You can wear these base layers under your ski gear or during your backcountry adventure. You can even wear them around under your casual clothes for extra warmth. Merino is...
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  4. Straight From the Source | G.C. Athlete Kelsey Hyche Reviews the Black Crows Corvus

    Straight From the Source | G.C. Athlete Kelsey Hyche Reviews the Black Crows Corvus

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  5. Helmet Heads, why 80% of skiers wear helmets.

    Helmet Heads, why 80% of skiers wear helmets.

    On The Rise Skid lid, brain bucket, noggin knocker, helmet head. The jargon goes on but the fact of the matter is that helmet usage is seriously on the rise. Head injuries are the second most common injury skiers experience according to a study done by the NSAA. In the 2002-03 winter season only 25% of all skiers and riders...
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  6. Facts on Faction

    Facts on Faction

    fac·tion - a state of conflict within an organization. Faction was started by a group of freeskiers who saw a void in the market and were dissatisfied with what was being produced in the ski industry. Large companies we're supplying their race teams with top technology and thought freestyle skiing was a hobby at best. Angry and energized a group of freeskiers...
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  7. Black Crows Join the Wall at Granite Chief

    Black Crows Join the Wall at Granite Chief

    Each Spring the ski industry hosts a demo day promoting the next season’s ski line up. It is a great opportunity to ski test new models and updated skis within lines that we already carry. Plus it's a time when we tryout some of the new indie ski company startups. Black Crows wasn't even on our radar yet. ...
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  8. Understanding Waterproof Ratings & How Testing Is Performed

    Understanding Waterproof Ratings & How Testing Is Performed

    By Treas Manning Every sales associate in every ski shop talks about the waterproof rating of a particular piece of skiwear. Many depend on the manufacturer’s product hangtag and some actually pay attention during the product clinics given by the company’s tech rep. But sadly, very few ski shop employees really understand the testing technique or what the rating...
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  9. Fit-All Ski Boot Fitting Doesn't Fly At The Chief, and here's why...

    Fit-All Ski Boot Fitting Doesn't Fly At The Chief, and here's why...

    By Gunner Wolf Your ski boots are the connection to your skis. Even the best skiers in the world can improve their skiing performance by dialing in the fit and alignment of their boots and if custom fitting can give them the edge think what it can do for you. This is not only what we do but...
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  10. Here's Our Stance, What's Yours?

    Here's Our Stance, What's Yours?

    Here's Our Stance, What's Yours?
    By Gunner Wolf There are many ingredients to a properly fit ski boot. One of the most underrated and overlooked aspects are stance or balance which is both lateral canting and fore and aft balance. Being canted and balanced correctly not only improves your skiing experience but also helps your comfort level tremendously because you are now standing in...
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