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, Intense, Transition, Borealis 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. Downiville is an hour drive, and the Tahoe Rim Trail awaits you nearby.
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 won’t let you leave our shop without a good fit and equipment that makes sense.
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: Desolation Wilderness Elevation Change: 3500' Recomended Map: Desolation Wilderness - Tom Harrison accidently wrote this post as Ivy Clark, my office manager. No, this is Mike Schwartz the owner of The BackCountry. Welcome to my blog and ski touring...read more
Location: Near Bridgeport, CA - East Side of the Sierras Elevation Change: 2700’ south side, 4400’ North Side Green Creek car shuttle Recommended Map: Tom Harrison Maps – Hoover Wilderness Dunderberg Peak 12,374’ - Dunderberg Peak is a popular and easy Eastern Sierra...read more
Location: Near Bishop, CA - East Side of the Sierras Elevation Change: 3726' Recomended Map: Tom Harrison Maps - Bishop Pass Mt. Thompson 13,494’ - Be prepared for steep couloirs with potential cornices to navigate if you want to ski Mt. Thompson. This beautiful ski...read more