We are now accepting applications for full and part time employment for the following positions.

Sales Associate with Running background and enthusiasm for the sport. Must enjoy working with people and promoting the sport of running and trail running. Knowledge with training and local trails is necessay. Product knowledge is help but not necessary, we offer product clinics and factory training.

Sales Associate with climbing, backpacking, and hiking experience. Knowledge of local trails and trails throughout the Sierra are helpful. Compass and map reading experience is helpful and knowlegde of wilderness etiquette is necessary.

All positions are seasonal with the potential of year round employment.

If you have the required qualifications, willing to learn, you are outgoing and enjoying working with a fun and active staff, you will fit right in. Stop by and fill out an application or email your resume’ to straighttothechief@granitechief.com

Well another season is coming to a close. This was a rough one but we managed to get some awesome runs in, in less than an awesome winter, but fun hogs always find a laugh or two and a good stash of snow.

Hope to see you this summer and next winter. Get those skis in to the boys in the shop so we can buff them out and ready for some epic skiing next year, it’s our turn!


You can always tell it’s spring when the Granite Chief Outhouse appears in the parking lot at Snowshed Wall on Highway old 40. It’s the 8th year that we have provided a place for climbers, hikers, and cyclists to take care of business without harming the environment of beautiful Donner Summit.

The outhouse is emptied and cleaned once a week all summer long. Sometimes during the peak summer months it may need some added service, let us know if we need an to take an extra dump, so to speak.

Granite Chief is proud to do our part to keep our community clean and beautiful.

Herb Manning

Deuter Packs

15 April 2014

By Jesse Cassidy

For over 110 years, Deuter has been making quality packs and equipment. From their start providing the Bavarian Royal Mail with post sacks and bags, to their 2014 line of packs for every occasion, Deuter has been a leading name in packs and adventure equipment for over a century. This summer Granite Chief is proud to be offering some of Deuter’s finest packs for your adventures around Tahoe and beyond.

When I set out on a backpacking adventure, or simply a day hike around Tahoe, I like a pack that can provide comfort, functionality, and durability all in one. Deuter hits this on the mark, from their Aircontact system that keeps your back dry and sweat free, to their Ripstop Nylon that is guaranteed to last for years to come, Deuter makes some superior packs.

Backpack technology has come a long way since the old frame packs of days past. No one likes a sweaty back when hiking, and that’s where the Deuter Aircontact System steps in. On the bigger packs, such as the ACT 65+10, the contact system consists of breathable padding made of hollow foam chambers, placing the bulk of the pack away from the back and providing maximum airflow. The contoured shoulder straps provide maximum comfort with 3D air mesh lining, making heavy packs easy.

On those shorter day hikes, comfort is a must, and Deuter’s Advanced Aircomfort System provides a comfortable hike from start to finish. With a spring steel frame and a mesh back, the Aircomfort System provides supreme ventilation and a happy hiker.

The AC series packs are the perfect packs for day hikes around the Tahoe basin, with four packs to choose from ranging from 18 litre to 28 litre, these packs are light and provide supreme functionality.

For those longer treks this summer the ACT Lite 60+10 SL and 65+10 packs are perfect for multi-day backpacking trips. Weighing just over three and a half pounds, these packs are sleek, lightweight, and the perfect backpacking packs for trekking through the Sierras, or exploring the Lost Coast.

Deuter’s Futura 30SL and 32 are women’s specific rucksacks perfect for lengthy day hikes or multi-day excursions. The Futura packs are super lightweight and feature a 3-way air circulation to keep ya cool on those long hikes in the California sun.

With over a century of experience in building superior packs and adventure equipment, Deuter is a leading name in the adventure sports industry. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pack for a short day hike around Tahoe, or a durable lightweight backpacking pack to explore the Sierra’s, Deuter has you covered.

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