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. Volkl Puts the Mantra Back in the Mantra

    Volkl Puts the Mantra Back in the Mantra

      As ski companies work to stay on top with innovative new ski construction design there are winners and losers. Volkl stole the stage when the Mantra was introduced ten years ago. It was the ski that ski shops could not keep on the ski wall. The ski flew out the door. The early Mantra started out with...
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  2. Seven Things You Need to Do Before the Ski Season

    Seven Things You Need to Do Before the Ski Season

    .  The mornings are cold and we've already seen a dusting on Mount Rose. We can feel winter in our bones. This fall we've pledged to get the firewood stacked and the snowblower tuned up. Speaking of tune-ups, why not add your ski gear to the to-do list. Our backroom guy, Jesse has serviced all the tuning machines...
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  3. SKI RACERS REJOICE! SWIX HF and LF WAX, EPA and TSCA Compliant

    SKI RACERS REJOICE! SWIX HF and LF WAX, EPA and TSCA Compliant

      Great news for US ski racers who depend on Swix high and low fluorinated wax! Swix is the big dog in the world of ski wax, in both alpine skiing and nordic. Swix fluorinated wax and cleaners are once again, available in the US. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recently tightened chemical ingredient compliance procedures for consumer...
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  4. Custom Molded Hiking Boots | Inspired from Ski Boot Design

    Custom Molded Hiking Boots | Inspired from Ski Boot Design

    Custom Molded Hiking Boots | Inspired from Ski Boot Design
    Custom Molded Hiking Boots Inspired From Ski Boot Design Tecnica, a leader in ski boot design and technology, last year introduced a custom-molded mid and low hiking boot. In as little as 20 minutes Granite Chief can have you walking out of the store in a boot that fits your foot like no other boot on the market. A...
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  5. Introducing Rossignol's E-Track 27+ and E-Track Trail Bikes | electric mountain bikes from the people who know FAST!

    Introducing Rossignol's E-Track 27+ and E-Track Trail Bikes | electric mountain bikes from the people who know FAST!

    You've to check our new electric mountain bikes! Rossignol's new eMtn Bikes, stop by the shop and take them for a spin around our parking lot. Better yet, demo them for a full day Tahoe trail ride, or maybe a leisurely jaunt on the Legacy Trail. We're building them up now. Special demo discounts for Ski Service Card Members E-Track Trail For...
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  6. 6th Annual SHREDDIT SHOWDOWN Winners 2019

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  7. Wax is dead - Introducing the Phantom Permanent Waxless Glide

    Wax is dead - Introducing the Phantom Permanent Waxless Glide

    There is no easy way to say this…Wax is dead. Well, kind of. Every season you head into your local ski shop looking to speed things up a bit on the mountain with a fresh layer of wax. Or, maybe you spend a few evenings during the winter months with your tried and true iron-on method. Well, the ski industry...
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  8. Whatcha Pack’n?  Are you loaded up with the right ammo when headed into the backcountry?

    Whatcha Pack’n? Are you loaded up with the right ammo when headed into the backcountry?

    Author: John Clausen - Granite Chief crew - Arva Snow Safety representative No, we’re not talking about caliber, we’re talking about snow safety gear, and more. This is the stuff ya need to have for a “mission complete” outing, to save your you know what if things go south. Whether you are passing through the boundary gates at Alpine...
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  9. DIY Waxing - What You Need

    DIY Waxing - What You Need

    DIY Waxing – What Ya Need By: John Clausen, Granite Chief staff and past Holmenkol wax tech rep. For many skiers and snowboarders, taking care of “boards” at home, or in the locker room, is a worthy endeavor. Waxing improves ski glide, and eases turn initiation. So, whether you are looking to get across flat sections...
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  10. Sierra Summers: Seven Tips For Snowboarding 12 Months a Year

    Sierra Summers: Seven Tips For Snowboarding 12 Months a Year

    Top Seven tips for Summer skiing: How to Keep the streak alive. Ben Birke tells all how to keep skiing all year round even with tiny bits of mountain top snow.
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