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 new, used, and rental bikes at our Truckee shop. We are your bike geeks.
Buy sport and trad climbing gear and guidebooks. Our friendly staff can also offer advice on climbing in the Sierra. Donner Summit is visable 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 steer you straight!
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. We have been in business since 1994 and most of our staff have worked their entire lives in the Bike & Ski industry. We know and use this gear.
Gear for Sale
Bike – We have a great selection of bikes for sale to match any skill level of rider and budget. We carry Yeti, Kona, Pivot, Scott, Mondraker, Transition and Redline BMX. And if you’ve got a custom build in mind, let us be your builders! We can advise you on everything from frame geometry to the best combination of parts to get exactly the ride you want. Tahoe is a mountain bikers dream, and some of the best trails are right across the street from our shop. Downieville is an hour drive, and the Tahoe Rim Trail awaits you nearby.
Ski, Splitboard & Snowboard – We specialize in backcountry skiing (Alpine Touring and Telemark) and splitboarding. We have an excellent selection ski boots 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 won’t let you leave our shop without a good fit and equipment that makes sense.
Climb – With some of the best granite rock climbs in the world right in our backyard, don’t let yourself be on the mountain without the most advanced and lightest climbing gear on the market. Weather you sport or trad climb we got the gear that will not only protect you but help you get up those crags with confidence. Donner Summit offers some world class climbs that will make you want to explore it again and again. With brands like Black Diamond, Petzl and Metolius, we have a great selection to help you find the gear that is most suitable for your climbing needs.
Backpacking & Camping Gear – We are passionate about outdoor adventures, sometimes that means packing it all in one pack and venturing into the wilderness with nothing but the gear on your back. Let us help you find the most efficient backpack and camping gear that makes the experience one to remember. Weather you are hiking the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail or simply doing an overnight camping trip, it is essential to pack only what you need. We have the proper gear for all of these kinds of backpacking trips. Water purifiers, freeze-dried food, sleeping bags and mats are all part of the equation. Our friendly staff does these trips too and can help you find the gear that makes the most sense for your expedition.
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, backountry 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 trailrun 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
Location: Pyramid Lake Summit Elevation: 8,370 Base Elevation: 4,870 Elevation Change: 3,500 Recommended Map: Hoover Wilderness by Tom Harrison These pics are from 5/20/19 which has been a big winter and is still snowing every other day. The east face of Virginia Peak...
Location: Lone Pine, CA Summit Elevation: 14,494 Base Elevation: 8,340 Elevation Change: 6,154 Recommended Map: Mt. Whitney High Country - Tom Harrison These pictures are from March in 2005, which was my first and only time Skiing the Mountaineers Gully on Mt. Whitney...
Location: South Lake above Bishop, CAElevation: 13,085'Elevation Change: 3,317'Recommended Map: Bishop Pass - Tom Harrison The view of Mt. Goode from Long Lake is one you'll never forget, and quite easy to reach from your car. What you don't see is the HUGE south...