Friendly Service and Expert Advice

Rent Gear


Buy or rent downhill and backcountry ski and snowboard gear, XC skis, snowshoes, and everything else you need for the backcountry or the resort.


Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a mountain bike, road bike, or cruiser, we have a wide selection of new, used, and rental bikes at our Truckee shop.


Buy sport and trad climbing gear and guidebooks. Our friendly staff can also offer advice on climbing in the Sierra.


Our fleet of paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes are available for pickup or delivery. We also sell a selection paddleboards and PFDs.

About The Backcountry

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.

Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding the Sierra backcountry, on or off-road cycling, rock climbing, backpacking, paddling, hiking, snowshoeing, trail running, or just plain kicking around the Sierra, we’ve got you covered with all of the equipment you need. Plus you can hit us up for directions to incredible rides, trails, climbing areas, and ski descents both near and far.

Gear for Sale

Bike – We have a great selection of bikes for sale to match any skill level of rider and any budget. We carry Kona, Intense, Juliana, Ellsworth, Niner, and Transition. And if you’ve got a custom build in mind, let us be your builders! We can help you get the best deals and advise you on everything from frame geometry to the best combination of parts to get exactly the ride you want.

Ski – We specialize in backcountry (Alpine Touring and Telemark) boot sales and fitting, with all top brands to choose from and multiple master boot fitters on staff. Get your feet fit by someone who tours for turns like you do! Or by someone who also skis hard at the resort! Most of us do both and we understand the need for equipment that works well in both places. We cover everything from heavy duty downhill to performance backcountry touring to super light ski touring.

We also sell paddleboards, climbing gear, backpacks, guidebooks, and more. 

Repairs and Service

The professional staff of our technical repair shop is here to keep your bike or winter gear in top shape. Try us first for any repair or tune-up needs, and get expert advice on parts upgrades or gear selection. We have all types of riders/skiers on staff and can size our advice to fit your favorite activities.


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, backountry gear, XC, and snowshoes.  We also rent mountaineering equipment (have you climbed Shasta lately?) and backpacking gear.

We also rent paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes.

Our retail store is open daily 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Call 530-582-0909 to place an order, or just call us for gear and trip advice.

Mike’s Recommended Adventures

Silver Peak

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Mt Rose

Location: Mt. Rose Wilderness - Lake Tahoe, NV Duration: 2 - 3 hours Elevation Change: 2,176' - from 8,600' to 10,776' Recommended Map: Mt. Rose, Nevada Elevation Profile:   Map of General Route: The Mount Rose Wilderness Area is a backcountry winter wonderland....

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The BackCountry

11400 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

phone – 530-582-0909
email – mike@thebackcountry.net

The BackCountry

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1602 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

phone – 530-581-4707
web – mtnmikessports.com

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