At Ellis Brigham we pride ourselves on having the best ski clothing and hardware ranges in the UK, and to back up these credentials we employ expert skiers in most of our stores. These guys and girls know their stuff when it comes to skiing, whether you need information about the latest skis and bindings, or if you just want advice about a particular resort or area, they'll be happy to help. Find out more and see where they're based below.

OUR SKI

EXPERTS

  • Sarah Parnell

    Skiing Expert

    Store: AVIEMORE

    Sarah started skiing at the age of 11, and since then has completed 3 seasons in the French Alps and two in New Zealand, where she trained as a ski instructor.

    Her skiing style is very technical and precise, because having taught the sport in both New Zealand and the US she likes to practice what she preaches. She’s also been on two Ellis Brigham ski tests, so if you’ve got questions about the latest skis or boots, Sarah can help.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    “Haven’t really got one, because every day skiing is a good day. Although I experienced some of the best snow I’ve ever seen in La Plagne.”

  • Rob Evans - Store Manager

    Skiing Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Rob has been with Ellis Brigham for over 16 years now, and he’s one of our resident ski gurus. Rob’s first ski season was in Copper Mountain in the States, and during the trip he qualified as a ski instructor.

    Since then he has taught skiing in Italy, Switzerland and Austria, as well as being present on over 10 Ellis Brigham ski tests. He loves ski mountaineering so if you’re planning a trip that might take you into the backcountry, make sure you chat to Rob first about the right safety equipment.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Chamonix & Verbier. “One word: Backcountry.”

  • Sandy Ewen

    Skiing Expert

    Store: GLASGOW BRAEHEAD - SKI

    Sandy has been skiing for over 25 years, during which time he spent 3 seasons in Val Morel and has been on 3 of the Ellis Brigham ski tests. He loves big powder, and specialises in skiing backcountry, and is also the leading ski technician in the Glasgow stores. So if you need advice about the right kit to take for the ultimate backcountry experience, come and have a chat to Sandy.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Stubai, Austria. Some of the slopes are well over 3000 metres above sea level, which means there’s loads of snow, and loads of powder.

  • Scott Carpenter

    Skiing Expert

    Store: GLASGOW BRAEHEAD - SKI

    Scott started skiing at the age of 6, and has completed two seasons in Utah and New Zealand. Since then most of the skiing Scott has done has been across European resorts. He’s been working in ski shops for the last 9-10 years as a boot fitter, and went on the Ellis Brigham ski test last year, so he’s a great person to talk to about the latest skis, boots and bindings, and if you’re buying boots Scott is the perfect guy to fit them.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Morzine. “This is a resort that I know really well, it covers a huge area and there are lots of good snow parks and off piste areas. And the pubs are great!”

  • Dave Casey

    Skiing Expert

    Store: CASTLEFIELD

    Dave has been a skier almost all his life, beginning at the age of 3. He has skied all over the world, is a qualified BASI Level 2 instructor and has been our Ski Department Supervisor at Castlefield since 2011, having worked in the department since 2006. Dave skied for Manchester University 1st Race Team for 6 years, competing both at home and in the alps on regular basis with several top thirty results (Slalom, Giant Slalom and occasional Super-G in the alps) and was awarded university sports colours.

    He is a regular on the Ellis Brigham ski test in Austria/Switzerland every year, reviewing the upcoming season's skis (very enjoyable work but uniquely informative at the same time!) and he can be found fitting boots for the company at both annual ski shows each year.

    Favourite Place/Resort:
    The Valleys, France For my own skiing, my heart is off-piste, preferably 'steep and deep' when conditions allow! Otherwise you might just find me in the park! In terms of favourite spots I tend to move around a lot but you can't go wrong with the old Three Valleys in France for the sheer variety of riding on offer. When it comes to the traditional atmosphere and the 'apres' though it's hard to beat Austria!

  • Coralie

    Skiing Expert

    Store: ST PAUL'S

    Freshly arrived from France, Coralie grew up in the mountains, where learning to ski is as natural as learning to walk. Thanks to this amazing natural playground, she had the chance to experience many different skiing disciplines, from alpine to cross-country and ski touring.

    Coralie has worked in many ski shops during her continental winters, and even took 'Ski and Mountain' as a module in her A-levels.

    She now wants to broaden her horizons and intends to explore the world of Telemark, with a hope that her ability in Judo will ensure she has the strength for the lunges!

    As a tireless globetrotter, Coralie is always looking to discover something new, and her next challenge will be India, North to South.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Les Arcs, France. "My favorite destination is Les Arcs. This huge and diverse theme park from the Cachette (piste used for the Ski World Cup in 2001) to Peisey Vallandry's forest runs, through to the amazing Aiguille Rouge at 3226m offers a new view or a new unexplored part of the ski resort every time."

  • Justyna Wiklik

    Skiing Expert

    Store: MILTON KEYNES - SKI & SNOWBOARD

    Justyna started skiing at the age of 5, at the local resorts back in her home country of Poland. She took part in her first ski race at the age of 8, and since then has moved on to ski touring and telemarking, so she has a great level of experience in every aspect of the sport. Justyna is now ISIA qualified, and she teaches racing in the Snowzone, in addition to coaching for Gravity Sports and helping Salomon and SIGB test skis.

    She has been on several Ellis Brigham ski tests and like the other skiers in Milton Keynes gets to try out all the new kit on the indoor slope. So if you need advice about the right ski for your skiing style, come to Milton Keynes Xscape and talk to Justyna.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    St Anton, Austria. "St Anton basically has 3 resorts in one place, and the off piste skiing is amazing. The Apres ski is incredible to, with lots of good bars and restaurants in a lovely old town that is full of atmosphere and tradition."

  • Mark Watson

    Skiing Expert

    Store: MILTON KEYNES - SKI & SNOWBOARD

    Mark started skiing at the age of 14 and quickly developed a passion for the snow. Killington was the first resort he visited with school, but thanks to the Snowzone he soon discovered freestyle skiing and has been practising and perfecting tricks for the last 12 years. At the age of 19 Mark got spotted by Salomon at one of the many competitions he took part in, and became a sponsored rider, which gave him access to new gear, and more freestyle events.

    He's now completed over 100 weeks on the snow, with two full seasons in Canada and Austria under his belt, and he's been on two Ellis Brigham ski tests. Nowadays Mark is more into all mountain riding, but still gets to try out all the latest gear in the Snowzone as soon as it's available, so if you need to talk to someone about any type of ski kit, from freestyle to piste riding, Mark's a good man to talk to.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Port du Soleil. "The skiing area in Port du Soleil is huge, spanning several large resorts, and there’s always something new to try out. With over 300km of ski runs the variety is immense."

  • Dani Cejudo

    Skiing Expert

    Store: AVIEMORE

    Skiing expert Dani has been tearing his way down mountainsides for over 35 years. 6 of them were spent ski touring racing, where he competed in Spain, the Pyrenees and the Alps, so he's a valuable source of wisdom if you're planning a trip of your own.

    Over the years he has amassed an impressive skiing Palmarès, including Haute-Route (Chamonix – Zermatt) in 43 hours non-stop and a ski touring ascent and descent of Mont Blanc in 17hrs 35 minutes. In recent years he has turned his attention towards Telemark skiing, and exploring the steeps of Scotland.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Picos de Europa, North West Spain.

  • Phil Crowhurst - Store Manager

    Skiing & Running Expert

    Store: CAMBRIDGE

    Phil's first skiing experience came at the age of 19, when he went to Glen Coe in Scotland to do a 3 month BASI instructor training course. During the next three years spent at Chester Univeristy doing a Sports Science degree, he managed to get out to the Swiss Alps a couple of times and rapidly fell in love with the sport.

    As soon as university was over Phil lined up a season in Meribel, which was unfortunately cut short by an injury picked up skiing off piste (you can ask him what happened if you see him in store – too gruesome for the website!) These days Phil still manages to get out on the mountain for 2-3 weeks per year.

    Whilst at Chester University Phil also got into running, to help keep fitness levels up and secure a place in the Uni hockey team. This also became a bit of an obsession and he's now got several full marathons and a Highland Ultra marathon under his belt. He tries to run every day, and if training for an ultra can rack up over 100 miles per week. So if you're looking for ski gear, or running kit, or both, come in and talk to Phil.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Jungfrau, Switzerland. For skiing, my favourite resort is Jungfrau region in Switzerland. Apart from the fact that I Know the resort very well, it’s great if you like fast downhill skiing, with a huge variety of terrain. The powder is particularly good. If I manage to get away for a run, I like the Brecon Beacons. The scenery is beautiful and there’s a huge scope for differing terrain.

  • Jack O'Hanlon

    Skiing Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Skiing expert Jack joined the Ellis Brigham team in the summer of 2013. A relative newcomer to the sport, he only took to the planks four years ago, but his skillset exceeds that of most seasonairres. Jack learnt the basics from Slopestyle Olympian and X-Games medallist James 'Woodsy' Woods and legendary freestyle coach Pat Sharples, and his arsenal of tricks includes a Rodeo 720, with a 1080 on the horizon.

    Jack loves the ski industry, and takes every opportunity to train and increase his knowledge of equipment.

    Favourite Place/Resort

    Andorra. "I love Andorra as it's pretty snow sure, it's relatively cheap and has great après."

  • Tom Hardman

    Ski Expert

    Store: TAMWORTH

    Tom has been been skiing for over two decades, starting out in the Snowdome when he was 4 and going to Heavenly for his first mountain holiday when he was 9. Most of his skiing has been in North America, around Lake Tahoe in California and Canadian resorts.

    An all-mountain skier with a head for adventure, Tom started to do a season in Revelstoke in 09/10 season but it was cut short three weeks in when he collided with a tree at over 50mph – thankfully he was able to walk out of the hospital the same day.


    Tom is hoping to head out to Japan for the 14/15 season to experience its legendary powder, and to experience the Tokyo nightlife.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Revelstoke, BC, Canada. "I So much freeride terrain accessed from three lifts. If you don't mind a hike and an explore there is an insane amount of terrain and light fluffy powder, pillows, bowls and tree runs."

  • Simon Pitman

    Skiing Expert

    Store: FORT WILLIAM

    Simon's first experience of skiing was at the age of 10 when he went to Lapland with his family. He was hooked on the sport immediately. Throughout his school years he went on many ski trips and mountaineering trips, including the Welsh 3000's challenge and summiting 4000m peaks in both France and Switzerland.

    As soon as he left school, Simon started working in outdoor retail as a quick way of gaining some money for his next ski trip. From there, he realised that he enjoyed the outdoor retail world and the people he met along the way. Since then he has been striving to increase his knowledge of equipment both off and on the mountain.

    In 2013, Simon had the opportunity to spend a month in Montana, he trained with local experts, skiing off piste. This has enabled him to combine his passions of both skiing and mountaineering with touring.

    These days Simon aims to get 2 weeks a year skiing, and whatever time he can find in the summer to go mountaineering and wild camping in Britain and the Alps.

    Favourite resort:
    Big Sky, Montana. "It's the largest resort in the US but very quiet and very friendly. The south face's chutes, bowls, and forests have some of the best lines. And it's the only place I've seen 30 inches of snow fall overnight!"
  • Ryan Jackson

    Skiing & Travel Expert

    Store: CAMBRIDGE

    Ryan started skiing at the age of four, when his parents took him to Westendorf, Austria.

    Since that first time, Ryan has become addicted, getting out on the slopes at least once a year. Ryan realised getting the right equipment would be vital, and has since been striving to give everything a go, from testing skis and boots to trying out goggles and gloves.

    Following the completion of his degree in sports and exercise management, Ryan spent a year travelling, including backpacking up Australia's east coast, camping from New Orleans to New York, finishing with a season in the Portes du Soleil region.

    Favourite resort:
    La Grand Bornand, France. "I love it because it's a very quiet resort off the beaten tracks. It also has some amazing freeride areas when the snow is good."
  • Emily Dutton

    Skiing & Travel Expert

    Store: CAMBRIDGE

    Emily spent most of her early years skiing over in the states at Heavenly, Lake Tahoe and Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone, Colorado. She first started skiing at age 8 and hasn’t missed a season since. She later found a way to keep her passion up at home by visiting Bassingbourn dry slope when not in the mountains.

    As well as a passion for skiing, Emily also loves to travel, a family trait she’s inherited. Having been well travelled in her youth she then took a solo round the world trip, stopping off in 14 different countries and went scuba diving and skiing along the way. Her next aim is to visit all of the continents, only two more to go! Her favourite spots so far include Cambodia, Japan and New Zealand.

    Favourite resort:
    Lake Louise, Banff / La Plagne, France / Lake Tahoe, USA. "Lake Louise - always a great spot for great conditions and stunning scenery. La Plagne – so much to explorer with the combined Les Arcs pass and some great off piste to find if you know where to look. Heavenly, Lake Tahoe – a great family friendly resort with something for all abilities, with some amazing views!"