Herb & Treas Manning

1 January 2015

Our passions

Owners & Founder 

Owners, Buyers, Chief Tuner, Merchandiser, Restroom Cleaner, Board of Complaints. Let us know if we can help!  Snow, Red Dirt & Granite Chief, our passions!

We work in our stores full time, active on the selling floor and mingling with clients. Many of them have become good friends. We know every trail, every mountain bike ride, all of the special nuances of the Valley, Truckee and North Tahoe.

The question of how we can work, live and play together gets asked constantly. Over the years we’ve come to know each other’s strengths. We have our separate duties at Granite Chief. Herb takes on the hardgoods department, rental & demos, and booting fitting. Treas is responsible for softgoods, merchandising and store presentation. We work together on marketing and general administration. That strategy not only works for us at Granite Chief but in our personal relationship as well. Treas remembers birthdays, Herb shovels snow.

Gunner Wolf

1 January 2015

Chief Boot Fitter

Gunner Wolf has been with Granite Chief almost since the beginning. Thirty years of boot fitting, setting the standard and developing many of the techniques that are used today in custom fitting. He has been the go to boot fitter not only for the core Squaw skier but to many elite US Ski Team athletes as well. His knowledge and expertise is among the best in the country, just ask Tamara McKinney, Julia Mancuso, Travis Ganong, Frans Webber, Tom Wayes and most anybody that has grown up skiing the steeps of Squaw Valley.

Gunner heads up our boot department and is responsible for training all Granite Chief boot fitters. If they work at Granite Chief they have been trained by Gunner

Gunner Wolf is listed as a pioneer in custom boot fitting on Wikipedia

John Darby

1 January 2015

Store Manager

John Darby’s experience in the ski industry spans over four decades, 15 as a PSIA certified instructor at Heavenly and New Zealand’s Mt. Hutt, followed by 17 years as a ski rep for Rossignol, and the last 10 at Granite Chief. A technical skier by nature, he loves the mix of modern ski shapes, but especially skis with sidecut for carving precise lines down Squaw’s legendary runs. He’ll help you find the gear you want to match your skiing style and help you reach your goals.


Darren Padgett

1 January 2015


Custom Boot Fitter & Hardgoods Sales Associate

Entering his twenty-sixth year as a custom boot fitter, and his sixteenth at Granite Chief, there’s about nothing Darren can’t fix when it comes to ski boots. Specializing in fore, aft, and lateral boot balancing, Darren has an uncanny eye for how to improve your boot alignment. Darren also builds custom foot beds and aftermarket liners for some of the best skiers in the Lake Tahoe region, along with serving the general public. Hailing from Southern California, Darren spent years working in a SoCal ski shop and driving to Mammoth on days off, before a trip to Squaw Valley changed his course and prompted a move to North Lake Tahoe.  In the summer Darren can be found hard at work a foreman of a landscape crew, installing landscapes, hardscapes, and lawns.