Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Chester
The Chester store stocks a good selection of all products and brands that are adjusted seasonally, so you'll find ski and snowboard gear in the shop from September until April. Located on Northgate in the centre of Chester, the shop also houses a specialist The North Face outlet.
Luke Broster - Store Manager
From the grassroots scene of Llandudno's Dendex, to two seasons spent in the backcountry playground of Chatel, ski expert Luke is well-versed in almost all aspects of the ski industry. From retail, to rental, to servicing, his plank knowledge bank is about as deep as it gets.
But all this wisdom has come at a price; he has a chunk of thumb missing from accidentally touching super-hot P-Tex!
Like many of us, Luke can't resist a bluebird powder day!
Chatel, French Alps. "After doing two seasons there, I know all the quickest hikes to get to the freshest lines."
Amongst the snowboarding community, Steve needs no introduction. One of the most celebrated riders in the UK, he’s been snowboarding for 23 years, and as a professional for 21 years, during which time he has been caught in an avalanche, and won 10 British titles.
Needless to say Steve is a font of knowledge on all things snowboard, he’s visited most resorts in Europe, the States and Canada, and he features annually in the Snowboard Asylum catalogue.
Chamonix. “I lived there for 10 years, so this has to go down as my favourite place to snowboard.”
Jon Davies - Chester
Jon is Chester's resident tent geek. 20 years' experience braving the elements under canvas has rendered him one of our most knowledgeable camping experts; from tents, to tarps, to bivvi bags, he goes out in all seasons, in all weathers. His wealth of practice mean he has had first-hand experience with almost all the camping equipment brands we stock.
Not all of Jon's camping trips have been a total success. During one foray into the Snowdonian mountains, a 100mph gust tore his friend's tent apart and blew his gear down the side of Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd. It at least taught him the value of good gear.
Cwm Eigiau, Snowdonia. "The more remote the better! Cwm Eigiau strikes a good balance of being fairly easy to get to, but feeling incredibly remote. You barely see a soul, besides the Carneddau ponies."
Setting off on the right foot, trekking Expert Kirstie took her very first steps on Scotland's rugged and beautiful Isle of Skye. A self-proclaimed 'outdoor hardgirl', Kirstie relishes the extremes, and loves to head out on the trail when the weather is unleashing blizzards, heat-waves or torrential rain. This gives her a fantastic insight into the performance of kit and gear requirements in the great outdoors.
In the summer months, Kirstie spends a lot of time at her static caravan in the Val d'Anniviers area of the Swiss Alps, and last summer spent time trekking and mountain biking through Eastern Europe. When she's not braving the elements, Kirstie is a budding illustrator and writer, taking inspiration from her alpine wanderings.
Isle of Skye, Hebrides. "The mountains are untamed and wild. Its a stunning isle to visit anytime of the year. Every mountain is worth conquering as the views are aewsome from the top!"
Snowboard expert Bekki Dunnington (née Snowball - sorry, we had to include that!) took up riding while studying at university. After Bekki's first trip to the Austrian Alps in 2008, she was hooked on the white stuff and had quickly spent most of her student loan funding trips to her local indoor slopes to hone her skills.
Bekki gets out to the alps at least once a season, and this year aims to focus on her park riding.
Jungfrau, Switzerland. "My favourite place is easily the Junfrau region. I love snowboarding under the view of the Eiger's North face!"
Sally has always loved the outdoors, but only began climbing at University when she joined the Chester Mountaineering Society. Climbing is now a big part of her life, preferring to be on real rock as it adds to the sense of adventure.
Sally has bagged routes on sea cliffs around Porth Clais and the Pembrokeshire coast (though she was caught out by the high tide - cue one car home full of very smelly wet climbing shoes!).
This year she is hoping to explore the South West coast, and keep pushing her grade to tackle some classic routes.
Holyhead, Anglesey . "I love Anglesey. You just can't beat the climbing around Holyhead Mountain."
Jack's interest in the outdoors began at the age of 10 and it flourished rapidly. Venturing into his local Clwydian hills at weekends, he soon progressed to Snowdonia and the mountains became a fundamental part of his life. Upon leaving school he completed a diploma is Adventure Sports, focussing on all disciplines of climbing.
Jack's a fan of braving extreme elements when they rear their head, and in the winter of 2012 defied weather warnings to stay at Dulyn Bothy, spending two days climbing the back wall of Craig y Dulyn in full winter conditions, topping out with icicles covering his face.
Jack has big plans for next year, and winter training has already started. "I'm planning a year long climbing trip to New Zealand next March, with the intention of climbing unexplored areas with multi-day walk-ins and big mountain mixed routes. We're hoping to bag some first ascents if we can!"
Snowdonia, North Wales. "Snowdonia is where my heart lies; I know it like the back of my hand, from the slate mines of Llanberis tot he big routes on Tryfan and Cloggy (Clogwyn Du'r Arddu). But I also love the Cairngorms, especially the northern corries in both winter and summer. The granite is awesome and winter conditions can be savage."
7 Northgate Street,
Tel. 01244 318 311
Fax. 01244 316 971
Please call the store before making a special trip as some stores do not carry our full range of products
Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm*
Sun 11am - 5pm
Bank Holidays: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
* Open late night Thursdays through December 9am - 8pm
Easter Sunday: Closed
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