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. The Tecnica Forge GTX - A custom hiking boot in a league of its own.

    The Tecnica Forge GTX - A custom hiking boot in a league of its own.

    The Tecnica Forge GTX is a mid-size, mid-weight trekking boot, and the first of its kind. Built over a burly Vibram sol, the Forge is the first hiking boot to have a fully moldable liner. This revolutionary boot employs the same technology that has given Tecnica ski boots their highly respected name. Light enough for day hikes, and rugged enough for muti-day treks, the...
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  2. 2018 Demo Day and Armada Trace 98 User Review

    2018 Demo Day and Armada Trace 98 User Review

    Our Annual Demo day at the Squaw Valley Lodge was an absolute blast!     Our ski service card holders and Squaw Valley Lodge members were treated to perfect weather, delicious food, and of course a bunch of next years skis!     (Above) Mike Laroche from Armada Skis...
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  3. Is there really such a thing as Featherless Down?

    Is there really such a thing as Featherless Down?

    Featherless down, is there really such a thing? The answer, yes and no. No, because down is feather, that would be like inventing a product called waterless H2O. Yes, because 3M’s featherless down looks and feels like real down with the warmth of natural down. Here’s the really cool thing about featherless down, unlike duck down synthetic down is...
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  4. Hotronic Heat Socks XLP One . Cold Feet a Thing of the Past

    Hotronic Heat Socks XLP One . Cold Feet a Thing of the Past

    Cold feet at the altar, we can’t help you with that; cold feet on the mountain, we got you covered with the Heat Socks XLP One. Now these hotties aren’t for everyone, but if you’re the skier that’s out there in the coldest conditions, when the skiing is extraordinary and your feet are about to turn blue these heated socks...
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  5. The Story of Bill, Vieve, Bob, Polymer Polytetrafluoroethylene & Gore-Tex

    The Story of Bill, Vieve, Bob, Polymer Polytetrafluoroethylene & Gore-Tex

    If it's true that weather patterns run in cycles, we're in for another big winter. Big winters for Tahoe and the Sierra can mean everything from feet of dry powder to feet of the heavy wet stuff. We pretty much can get it all in a single ski season. That's why apparel engineered for the extreme is so important in...
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  6. Tuning Up The Tune-Up Machines | Prepping for More Snow

    Tuning Up The Tune-Up Machines | Prepping for More Snow

    Tune-up, Granite Chief Style We may be in the heat of summer, but here at Granite Chief Ski and Mtn Shop we are also in the midst of giving a tune-up to our winter back shop machines.  To insure the highest quality of ski tuning, you have to work with the best tools.  You also need to maintain those tools...
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  7. Stöckli Stormrider 95 Skis | Winter 2017-2018

    Stöckli Stormrider 95 Skis | Winter 2017-2018

    There's a new ski brand hitting the wall and Granite Chief this winter,  and it's none other than the Swiss power house, the Stormrider 95 from Stöckli.  We are fired up to have these hand-made beauties adorning our ski wall, and that's not only because they look awesome, but because they ski even better.  Today we'll be talking about the...
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  8. Osprey Packs | Hydraulics™ Reservoir Product Tour

    Osprey Packs | Hydraulics™ Reservoir Product Tour

    So you just got a new Osprey Packs Hydraulics™ Water Reservoir...  Now what's next? Watch the Hydraulics™ Reservoir Product Tour video from Osprey Packs to learn how to properly operate, maintain, and clean your water reservoir so you can help extend its life.
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  9. Osprey Packs Women's Raven 10 | A Bike Hydration Pack for Girls

    Osprey Packs Women's Raven 10 | A Bike Hydration Pack for Girls

    [caption id="attachment_9454" align="alignleft" width="547"] Osprey Packs Women's Raven 10 Mountain Bike Backpack[/caption] WOW! I just bought my first ever hydration pack for mountain biking and I picked a winner. The Raven 10 by Osprey is built specifically for women so that it fits close to your body. The Raven comes in one size, but with the generous adjusting waist...
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  10. SUP Demo, Yoga, Pancakes | An Awesome Way To Start The Day

    SUP Demo, Yoga, Pancakes | An Awesome Way To Start The Day

    SUP Surftech Demo, SUP Yoga, Pancakes Trifecta Admission:  FREE! When:  Saturday | July 22nd | 7am to 11am Where:  Boca Reservoir's East Side - Left turn 1.6 Miles Past Dam - Look for sign off main road turn off Stand up paddle board, yoga, pancakes - an awesome way to start the...
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