Who We Are
The BackCountry is an independent ski, bike, and outdoor gear shop located in Truckee, California. With 10 years prior bike shop experience, Mike moved to Tahoe City in 1992, and opened the shop in 1994. Following his passion for mountain biking, hiking and backcountry skiing, he realized he was in the right place. So many amazing people have come through the doors as both employees, customers and friends! We all work hard but it sure doesn’t feel like work. The BackCountry has become a support network and life line to sanity for our crew and so many locals. Our shop is where your gear needs get solved and plans for adventure are often born. If we are not playing in the mountains, we are cranking away at The BackCountry helping our customers sort their gear needs and talk through their mountain goals.
Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding the Sierra backcountry, on or off-road cycling, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, trail running, or just kicking around the Sierra, we can help. Many of us have worked our entire lives in the Bike & Ski industry. We appreciate your support so much!!
Bike – We have a great selection of bikes for sale to match riders of any skill level or budget. We carry Norco, Yeti, Kona, Pivot, Scott, Mondraker, Transition and Cleary. We stock huge and keep the bike showroom open year round. Our professional bicycle mechanics will help you form the best plan to rebuild your old bike, or they will build you your new dream bike. Our staff ride A LOT, we know the trails, and we love helping people get to their next level in their riding. Helping you get to the next level may mean coaching you on technique in the parking lot, or it could be lessons on trail side bike repair. When possible, we enjoy helping improve your bike for free in the parking lot – if it is a bigger job, drop your bike off with our team and we will get it fixed with fast turn around. Our customers may stop by our store for our convenient location, the proximity to great trails and bike paths, or because we carry top brand bikes, but they return for the high quality of customer service.
Ski, Splitboard & Snowboard – In the winter, our passion is backcountry Skiing (Alpine Touring and Telemark) and Splitboarding. Our staff skis both backcountry and the resort, and we understand the need for equipment that works well in both places . After 29 years, we know the gear worth looking at. We experiment with every brand so you won’t have to be a test victim. We won’t sell you gear you don’t need either. Our nearby sister shop in Squaw Valley – Olympic Valley Ski & Bike has the most popular ski resort equipment for sale and in demo. We have machine base tuning at this location and can transfer back and forth daily for you. Our techs are the real deal. They love what they do and aim to impress.
Climb – We can see Donner Summit from our office windows. World class quality crags and cliffs surround the North Tahoe/Truckee area just like the mountain bike trails. Are you on your way to Tuolumne Meadows or the East Side of the Sierra? Stop by our store for advice on routes or to grab the gear you have lost, forgot, or worn to shreds. Visit local 5 star climbing meccas like Lover’s Leap, Woodfords, Phantom Spires, Sugarloaf, Shirley Canyon, Big Chief, Coldstream Canyon, and more. It’s endless. Fred Becky would say “there is more good granite rock in California than the rest of the world combined”. Weather you sport or trad climb, we have the right gear and advice. We also have a partner mountain guide company sharing our location offering instruction and mountain trips. Check out www.asi.com, started in 1979 by Bela Vadasz and now owned by IFMGA Gide Dave Miller. We sell Black Diamond, Mammut, Sterling, La Sportiva, Camp, Petzl and Metolius…and more.
Backpacking & Camping Gear – We are passionate about outdoor adventures, from long multi-night treks, to one nighters in the woods. The beauty of backpacking is it’s simplicity – venturing into the wilderness with nothing but the gear on your back.. Whether you are hiking the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail or doing an overnight camping trip, it is essential to pack only what you need. When backpacking, ounces becomes pounds and pounds become pain! We sell water purifiers and camp stoves, freeze-dried food, sleeping bags and mats, and all the other necessary gear you will need.
Repairs and Service
Our professional repair shop is here to keep your bikes and winter gear in top shape. Our crew have skill with tools and really know these sports. We can fix almost anything, and aim to impress with the highest level of customer service you have found at any shop. Many of our techs have been here for 10 plus years and are following a life lived in this industry. Mike hasn’t missed a year in a shop since 1984. We work well together to solve your problems with your gear. This is fun stuff for us! We can overhaul your suspension or drop the motor out of your $15,000 e-bike. We can perform any custom ski binding mount or re-condition your favorite skis to look like new. We can rivet your snowshoes back together and we can add good council to help you decide what equipment should be re-purposed or donated.
Our rental department adapts to the time of year with mountain bikes , bike path bikes, e-bikes, downhill skis and snowboards, backcountry ski touring gear, cross country XC skis and snowshoes. Your best bet is to contact us for advice before coming. Email [email protected] or text to (530) 362-0020 to get started with your trip planning. Our store is widely known for offering good beta for your adventures. We know where to send you based on mountain conditions and your group needs. If you are skiing at Palisades Tahoe, or looking for Truckee river bike path rentals, you’ll want to go to our sister store Olympic Valley ski and Bike at 1602 Squaw Valley Rd – (530) 581-4707. Our Truckee BackCountry gear shop is at 11400 Donner Pass Rd – (530) 582-0909.
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11400 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161
phone – (530) 582-0909
email – [email protected]
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Olympic Valley Ski & Bike
1602 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
phone – (530) 581-4707
web – www.OVskiandbike.com