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. Got Water? Our Favorite Products For Staying Hydrated!

    Got Water? Our Favorite Products For Staying Hydrated!

     by: Rachel Meisler The Earth needs water, and so do you. The solution to pollution is dilution, and Granite Chief has hydration solutions to help you detox your body.  If you’re in Truckee, you’ve probably noticed all the wildfire smoke and you're not trying to breathe too deeply.  Whether you need to counteract the effects of daily air pollution or just...
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  2. Brand Highlight | Western Mountaineering

    Brand Highlight | Western Mountaineering

    By: Izzy Jackson Are you looking for a durable, warm, and comfortable sleeping bag? Come try our Western Mountaineering bags! Western Mountaineering has been around for over 45 years and continues to make top-notch quality products. Their sleeping bags have been one of the most sought out bags in the outdoor lovers’ community. Even though their bags do come at...
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  3. How To Choose a Climbing Rope

    How To Choose a Climbing Rope

    by Jedidiah Kravitz When looking to buy a new rope, sometimes all the different options can be a bit overwhelming. Every brand offers different lengths, diameters, and treatments. So how do you know which rope will be the best for you? First off, the most important thing to ask yourself is what is going to be the purpose of...
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  4. The Man that Makes Everything Last Longer

    The Man that Makes Everything Last Longer

    If you're one of those that live and play in the mountains, there are two seasons when we pull out our gear to review and make sure we're ready to hit the slopes, the hiking, and mountain bike trails. Two piles, one for the items we can get at least one more season out of, and the other pile...
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  5. ZOLEO CHECK-IN & SOS DEVICE | Explore with Peace of Mind

    ZOLEO CHECK-IN & SOS DEVICE | Explore with Peace of Mind

    by Treas Manning Entering The Maze, sounds like a good place to get lost, at least in the sense of getting away from it all. After a year like this last one, the wild and beautiful isolation was exactly what we needed to unwind and regain our sanity. The reality is, when you heading into the backcountry or outback...
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  6. What You Need to Know | Backcountry Skiing

    What You Need to Know | Backcountry Skiing

      Are the resort crowds getting to you, looking for a bit of backcountry quiet? If you're a newbie, welcome to skiing in its purest form, you're going to love it. If you're new to backcountry skiing before you head out do yourself a favor and get some BC education. Not only can you save your own life, but...
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  7. New Salomon Hiking Shoes and Shifts Arrive!

    New Salomon Hiking Shoes and Shifts Arrive!

    Winter is in full swing here in Truckee but that doesn't mean you can't still get out for a hike. Salomon has the perfect shoe for the job: The CrossHike Mid Gore-tex. The completely new CROSSHIKE is designed for any conditions, anywhere in the world: multi-directional lugs, a seamless, closed-mesh construction and waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. Agile yet really grippy, this mid-height...
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  8. Holiday Gifts Big and Small!

    Holiday Gifts Big and Small!

    The holiday season is here! We are doing our snow dance here at Granite Chief in hopes of some more precipitation! While we wait on the snow, now is a perfect time to get something special for your loved ones! Here are some ideas of things we have in stock at the shop if you are unsure what to get! ...
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  9. Employee Helps Test Skis For Backcountry Mag!

    Employee Helps Test Skis For Backcountry Mag!

    We are so proud to see one of our employee's, Darren Padgett, and his wife, Danielle McCord Padgett, were part of Backcountry mag's 2020 ski test. Darren has been working for us for the past 20 years. We are so happy to have someone with his knowledge and experience in the shop. It's employees like Darren that make sure that...
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  10. 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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