Shorter days, afternoon thunderstorms, ski films being premiered all over the place. These are a few of the things that signal the transition from summer to fall. That list, however, does not include the most important milestone that marks the seasonal switchover. I’m of course referring to the wardrobe-switchover from board shorts and tank tops to everybody’s favorite fall staples, flannel, flannel, and more flannel. Oh, and plaid, of course.

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Tight Loose – A defining phrase for any athlete that has skied for Teton Gravity over the past 21 years. Find out exactly what it means to live life with this in mind.

The 21st year of a ski bum’s life is an important milestone. No more fake IDs needed to partake in the apres scene, you instantly become full of sage advice ready to be imparted unto the youngsters, and hey, now you can finally stop having your parents pay for your can insurance. Y’know, assuming you have a functioning vehicle that’s worth insuring.

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Well, Teton Gravity Research is celebrating its 21st year of making movies as well and, though not quite the same, it’s no less a momentous occasion. For the past 21 years the TGR athletes have lived and played by the phrase “tight loose.” Follow along in the latest installment from Teton Gravity as they explore just what it means to live by this code.

The above trailer gives you a brief glimpse into what should be the best movie yet from these wizards of snow.

Even though making a high-quality water treatment device may not be easy to perfect, MSR has sure been close. Working together at a single location in Seattle, Washington, MSR’s engineers and scientist are able to work together, allowing employees to communicate effectively throughout the entire process of designing, manufacturing, and testing their devices. By working closely employees can make sure their product is made to its highest quality. By having a lab where MSR’s scientists are able to grow their own viruses and bacteria, they are able to thoroughly test all their water treatment devices, so they can be sure their products are able to filter water and meet the scientific standards for clean drinking water.

Recently Granite Chief shop runner Kyle Faucher led a group run from Sugar Bowl to Squaw Valley, along the historic Pacific Crest Trail, on the first Run With Granite Chief of the summer. Laces were tightened, reservoirs filled, and the spirit was strong with these ones.

Thanks to all the runners who made it ouf of bed for this early-morning fun. Check out these great pictures of this fun event!

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Running from Sugar Bowl, ready to tackle the trail.

 

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Cresting the hill, the determination is strong.

 

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A runner enjoying some morning light.

 

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Runners enjoying a brief downhill.

 

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The trail winds, focus never wavers.

 

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Running the crest, the finish is nigh.

 

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One of many beautiful vistas along the way.

 

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On top of the world.

 

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Finding some lush greenery along the way.

 

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The Tahoe Food Hub and Granite Chief are hosting the 2nd annual Farm Truck Food Fair, September 15th from 4:30-8:30pm in the parking lot of Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop in Truckee. The event is a fundraiser for Tahoe Food Hub’s Farm to Market program that works to build a network of local farms to supply food to North Lake Tahoe.

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ski coach

It’s not every day that a person’s passion, drive, and hard work allows them to achieve success at the highest echelon but, that’s pretty much exactly what happened recently with Granite Chief’s own Josh Benge. Some of you might know Josh as the ski coach who helped your child reach their highest skiing potential at Squaw Valley, or maybe you know him from when he tuned your skis to race-quality in Granite Chief’s back shop or, maybe you just know him from having met him around town at some point. Chances are he had a smile on his face and something nice to say.

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Is it too early to start dreaming about winter and the ensuing ski films from production companies we love, such as MSP films? Heck no! Check out the latest offering from MSP with this trailer for the new Ruin and Rose. But just a heads-up, you’re GOING to start having some serious winter daydreams. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

ski service card

For a short time each year Granite Chief offers the Ski Service Card, affording members a 50% discount on all ski, boot, and binding services.  Ski Service members also have an edge on demo-ing and previewing the latest ski and boot technology developments before the products are released to the public.  Our Demo Day & Pig Roast, a member exclusive, is an end of the season celebration for skiers looking to test and purchase next season’s ski equipment.

While the Granite Chief Ski Service Card doesn’t include parts, such as buckles and more, cannot be used toward rentals, merchandise, or gift cards, your purchase price is always guaranteed.  Example: If you purchase a $200 SSC for $100.  At the end of the season you only used $80 worth, we will carry over the $20 you paid to the next ski season.

Granite Chief, with over one thousand Ski Service Card members is the leader in ski and boot services. Our ski tuning, boot fitting, and repair facility has a deep rooted legacy dating back to 1976, the first of its kind at Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley. The Chief was the first in the industry to implement factory level base prep, structure, and edge beveling. Our team of boot fitters, headed up Gunner Wolf, took fitting to a status of art and performance. Granite Chief s ski presses, used by ski manufacturers, allows us to reconstruct edge sections, delaminations, and core shots. Our proprietary Laser Guided Stance Alignment system provides predictable results, eliminating the inconsistencies of the outdated plumb-bob method.

Save BIG! Purchase your Ski Service Card today.

When you’re planning food for a backpacking trip, there’s a fine line between packing too much, and packing too little. When you’re out on the trail, every ounce counts, and over packing food for your trip will be sure to weigh you down. And if you happen to pack too little? Well… you’ll end up a tired, hungry hiker and find yourself hoping your friend has a little extra to spare (Note: Sharing limited food rations may cause tension on the trail). Make sure you stay nourished on the trail, before you head out on your next backpacking adventure, be sure to plan your meals ahead of time and to help reduce your pack’s weight, and bring no more than two pounds of food a day. Here are some helpful tips on to appropriately plan food for a 5-day backpacking trip.

Originally, this was going to be a step-by-step list of how to prepare for a trip, and specifically a camping trip. However, once it got started, it became apparent that there really is no proper order in which to prepare for a trip. Obviously you should probably pack the vehicle before you leave town but, other than that, it’s pretty much a choose-your-own-adventure style affair. So, instead of a numerical list, here are some important tips and tidbits to help you out with planning and executing your next outdoor adventure.
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Job Summary

Granite Chief is now hiring in Truckee, Ca, and we’re looking to add to our team of retail store operation managers. This is a leadership position for an individual with strong passion for skiing, outdoor sports and mountain lifestyle.

Our management team has a shared goal to hire, train, and inspire staff to excel in customer service, sales, store presentation and operations. Our goal is to create goodwill with customers by engaging them in product and service dialog. Those that walk through our doors share the same passion for skiing and the mountain lifestyle as we do. This is a full-time, year-round position, complete with benefits and paid time off.

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Job Summary

Granite Chief is now hiring in Truckee, Ca, and we’re looking to add to our team of retail store operation managers. This is a leadership position for an individual with strong passion for skiing, outdoor sports and mountain lifestyle.

Our management team has a shared goal to hire, train, and inspire staff to excel in customer service, sales, store presentation and operations. Our goal is to create goodwill with customers by engaging them in product and service dialog. Those that walk through our doors share the same passion for skiing and the mountain lifestyle as we do. This is a full-time, year-round position, complete with benefits and paid time off.

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