The Granite Chief Scholarship program is designed to help young skiers with equipment and ski and boot service sponsorship.  Our mission is to make competing more affordable for local families.  Granite Chief and our co-sponsors work with athletes through sponsorship with skis, boots, helmets, goggles, and more depending on individual needs.  Local athletes must be on an active ski team roster, competing in Race, Big Mountain, Freestyle, or Skier Cross,  must be in good academic standing, in need of financial support in their pursuit of skiing, and show a passion for the sport of skiing.


If you meet the above requirements, send us your application with a short biography telling us why you are dedicated to the sport of skiing and why you want the Granite Chief Scholarship program to sponsor you. Your Bio should include an introduction, your achievements from last season, and your goals for this upcoming season. Pictures and GoPro footage always help!

You can submit your application online, here.   Or you can print out the Scholarship Athlete Application to drop by the store or to scan and email to

Alle Whitney is originally from a little town in Marin Country, San Anselmo. Every weekend throughout the winter while Alle was growing up, her and her family would pack their bags and head up to Tahoe to ski. After many years of the long commute, Alle and her family decided it was time to move and in 2009, parked themselves in Tahoe City.

At four years old, Alle learned how to ski, and as she got older developed a strong love for the sport. When she first moved to Tahoe, Alle was in the Mighty Mites program at Squaw Valley, which further influenced her ski fever to grow. At eight yours old, Alle moved on from Mighty Mites and onto the Tahoe League Program, but soon got bored of going through the same icy gates all day, influencing her further to expand her skills. As her thirst for adventure grew for the sport, Alle later on switched to the Big Mountain Team at Squaw where she instantly fell in love. At age 12 she started competing in national and local competitions where she did great, especially considering the was the youngest girl competing.

Currently, Alle is on the Squaw Valley Big Mountain Competition team. Her main coach, Troy Cook is a huge inspiration for her, and having the opportunity to ski with such amazing coaches that she looks up to is an honor for her. “We are so blessed to have our lives filled with people such as Allie Donavon and Eric Deslauriers.”

When Alle isn’t up on the hill, you can find her playing soccer, volleyball, running track, and occasionally collecting rubber duckies.

This season Alle hopes to give back to her parents, coaches, friends, sponsors, and show her support for everything they have done and sacrificed for her.

“Everyone is so supportive and I feel blessed to be a part of the Granite Chief Team” – Alle Whitney

Congratulations AJ Hurt!

15 March 2014

Congratulations to AJ Hurt for her excellent performance this past weekend where she came in 2nd place at Sugar Bowl!

The following three days following her race AJ took part of a performance camp where the top skiers in the west come together to train and compete against each other.  Of course, AJ showed us what she was made in her competitions and she won all three, qualifying her for the  U16 National Championships in Park City Utah!  She may be one of the youngest girls out there but she has a positive outlook,  is hard working, and is looking forward to giving it her best.  Keep it up AJ!

Check out Granite Chief’s Athlete Sarah Barrett, night training in Echo Mountain, Colorado.

“It was a great night with great skiing. It was so fun skiing at night while it was lightly snowing. Skiing that night is on the top of my list for my best days of training.” -Sarah Barrett