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

    Skiing Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    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!

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Chatel, French Alps. "After doing two seasons there, I know all the quickest hikes to get to the freshest lines."

  • Steve Bailey

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Chamonix. “I lived there for 10 years, so this has to go down as my favourite place to snowboard.”

  • Jon Davies - Chester

    Camping Expert

    Store: 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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    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."

  • Kirstie Mason

    Trekking Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    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!"

  • Bekki Dunnington

    Snowboarding Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Jungfrau, Switzerland. "My favourite place is easily the Junfrau region. I love snowboarding under the view of the Eiger's North face!"

  • Sally Eccles

    Climbing Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    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.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Holyhead, Anglesey . "I love Anglesey. You just can't beat the climbing around Holyhead Mountain."