Buy or rent downhill and backcountry ski, snowboard, XC, snowshoes. We are the premier ski touring specialty shop and also love skiing Squaw, Alpine and Sugarbowl.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a mountain bike, road bike, or cruiser, we have a wide selection of bikes at our Truckee shop. The Tahoe area has amazing trails for your bike adventure and we are your bike geeks.
Buy sport and trad climbing gear, guidebooks and more. Our friendly staff can also offer advice on climbing in the Sierra. Donner Summit is visible from our front door!
Who We Are
The BackCountry is an independent ski, bike, and mountain shop located in Truckee, California. In business since 1993, our goal is to provide the best gear, service, and advice in the Tahoe/Truckee area. We know the gear and will help get you set up.
Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding the Sierra backcountry, on or off-road cycling, rock climbing, backpacking, paddling, hiking, snowshoeing, trail running, or just kicking around the Sierra, we’ve got you covered with all of the equipment you need. You ask us for directions to incredible rides, trails, climbing areas, and ski descents both near and far. We have been in business since 1993 and most of our staff have worked their entire lives in the Bike & Ski industry. We know and use this gear and can advise you on what to purchase and where to go.
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 Redline BMX. 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 and/or updated. 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. However, they return for the high quality of customer service and mentorship.
Ski, Splitboard & Snowboard – In the winter, our passion is backcountry Skiing (Alpine Touring and Telemark) and Splitboarding. We sell all the gear needed to get out into the backcoutnry – Skis & Splitboards, Avalanche Safety Gear, Boots, poles, and more. We have a wide selection of excellent ski and snowboard boots, and we know how to fit them properly. Our staff ski both backcountry and the resort and they understand the need for equipment that works well in both places. We offer everything from heavy duty downhill, to performance backcountry touring, to super light ski touring. After 25 years, we know the industry. We experiment with every brand, but we won’t experiment with you. The equipment we promote is proven quality gear that we use ourselves. We won’t sell you gear you don’t need – we will sell you the same gear we use that’s in the back of our cars!
Climb – We have world-class granite climbing located within five miles of our store. Are you in Truckee/Tahoe to climb ? Are you on your way to Tuolumne Meadows or the East Side 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 gear that will not only protect you, but help you get up those crags with confidence. Donner Summit is 2 miles up the road, offering easy access, friendly locals, and a thousands worthy climbs. We sell Black Diamond, Mammut, Sterling, La Sportiva, Camp, Petzl and Metolius.
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. Let us help you find the most efficient backpack and camping gear to your trip an experience to remember. 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 have the proper gear for all kinds of backpacking trips. We sell water purifiers, freeze-dried food, sleeping bags and mats, and all the necessary gear you will need.
When you come to the BackCountry our staff will offer you advise from their first hand experiences. We are bikers and skiers and climbers and hikers. We have the experience, we have the knowlege and we don’t just sell the products in our store, we use them. We sell the essential gear and equipment you need for the activities you do at a price you can afford.
Repairs and Service
Our professional repair shop is here to keep your bike or winter gear in top shape. We hire the best people available, period. That means skill with tools, knowledge of the sport and local trails, AND a great attitude.
Our rental department carries all types of bikes from full-suspension mountain bikes to road bikes, basic cruisers, and child trailers. We stock all the winter gear – downhill skis and snowboards, backcountry gear, XC, and snowshoes. Our store is known for getting good intel. Want to ski Shasta? Mike has over 50 times. Looking for Eastern Sierra trailhead access info? we know that too. The best mountain bike and trail run loops? We love to talk about this stuff! We also know and understand changing weather conditions and will help you stay alive.
Mike’s Ski Tours
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