Over 80 years at the forefront of mountain sports makes Ellis Brigham one of the most experienced alpine retailers out there. Independent and family-owned, our focus is on providing you with honest expert advice and outstanding service so that you're able to tackle your adventures with every confidence in your outdoor clothing and equipment.
Learn more below about what makes us a great choice for your next purchase.
PRODUCTS & BRANDS
All products are carefully selected by our team of expert buyers to ensure the highest standards of quality and performance are maintained. We pride ourself on stocking only the best outdoor clothing, footwear & equipment available from the best brands year on year.
As official clothing and equipment providers to major alpine instructor bodies including Glenmore Lodge and New Generation Ski & Snowboard School, we know the products we stock are tested to their extremes.
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See that little tick in the bottom right hand corner?
In December 2014 Ellis Brigham was accepted in to the Google Certified Shops programme. The endorsement scheme has been running for some time in the US, and we are very pleased to be one of the first websites in the UK to be invited to join. The key benefit to our customers is that every single purchase through our site is now eligible for protection from Google, up to the value of £1,000, which gives you extra peace of mind when shopping online.
All mountain sports demand a certain degree of specialist knowledge, which is why our stores are brimming with friendly expert advice. Our staff have travelled the world over, ascended the tallest mountains on earth, skied the most daring lines and pushed themselves to the limits of endurance, so whether you're looking for technical information on the latest climbing gear, or after help on which tent to choose for your round the world epic, our team have it covered.
Our staff are given thorough in-the-field training all year round, testing equipment in Wales, Cumbria, the Cairngorms and the Alps. Coupled with their own personal experience, this ensures that our staffs' knowledge base is vast.
Meet our in-store experts.
CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM
Besides our nationwide team of in-store experts, our Customer Service team are on hand at the click of a mouse or tap of a phone. These guys don't just fold their arms really well, they're also a superb source of specialist knowledge and advice for all the sports and activities we cater for (and more!).
Specialism: Skiing, Snowboarding, Running
Ollie has been snowboarding for around 8 years, starting with family trips, then university trips, a season in Serre Chevalier as a qualified ski technician and now usually gets away once or twice a year.
Ollie usually ends up riding with skiers so doesn't tend to spend a lot of time in the park – he loves his all-mountain freestyle and plays on as many natural features as he can find when tearing up the piste.
"From my experience as a ski technician I'm pretty handy with servicing and maintaining kit so I can share my knowledge on how to get started or on trickier fixes.
"I run a few times a week – I try and get at least a 5k and 10k in and do a couple of miles sprint back home from the office 3 or 4 times a week."
Specialism: Skiing, Camping, Hiking
BASI-qualified Skiing expert Tristan has been tearing up the pistes since he can remember, and has ridden resorts all over Europe. While he is experienced in most skiing discplines, Tristan now focuses his attention on skiing powder, preferring to escape the crowds and find untracked lines. He counts Val D'Isere and Espace Killy as his favourite area, having spent countless weeks and an unforgettable ski season there.
"The most amazing memory I have from my time skiing is during my season in Val d’Isère when, having hiked to the through heavy spring powder to reach the top of one of my favourite off piste descents, I absent-mindedly sat on my favourite pit-stop rock to have a spot of lunch. I turned around to gaze down at the valley bellow to see a Bearded Vulture standing in all its glory not 5 meters away from me. Not only did I get to see one of the rarest Birds of Prey in Europe, but the Bearded Vulture is also the Symbol of Val d’Isère. It stared at me for a few moments before flying off majestically. I was so mesmerised I had not noticed the cheese in my sandwich that I was holding about to take a bite had slipped out!"
In the summer months, Tristan turns his thoughts towards hiking and camping in the mountains. Whether walking amidst Marmots, Ibex and Chamois in Vanoise National Park, hearing Iberian wolves howl or camping amongst foraging foxes and curious adders in Spain's Sierra de Gredos, Tristan loves to immerse himself amongst the alpine wildlife.
Specialism: Mountaineering, Kayaking, Trail Running
Chris began his love for the peaks and rivers ten years ago when he joined the Air Cadets. He has gained experience throughout some of the most rugged parts of the UK including the Highlands of Scotland, North Wales, the Lakes, and Dartmoor. Chris is also a keen trail runner, and has been running throughout and since university.
With a degree in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Cumbria, Chris is a qualified river leader and paddle sports coach. Always keen to take his skills to the next level, he is currently training for his Mountain Leader qualifications. Yet for all his outdoor decorations, he is most proud of his ability to cook full meals on a camp stove without burning them!
Chris's favourite spot is the Scottish Highlands, but is generally happy as long as he's in/on/around a river or mountain.
Specialism: Snowboarding & Hiking
Dungaree aficionado Anna is another of our resident snowboarders. While she doesn't profess to be an expert as such, she does admit to having become a little obsessed since she first took it up in 2015, when she would hit up Milton Keynes 3-4 times a week. Having learnt so recently, she is a great source of advice for those looking to develop their riding as well.
With much of her immediate family living in Colorado, she takes the opportunity to visit the mountains each time she visits. Her favourite area is Winter Park Resort, "There is so much room, even on busy days – and everyone is super friendly. No offence Europe but I'm USA all the way! This year I'm hoping to visit Copper Mountain and perfect riding switch."
During summer visits, Anna turns her attention to the trails, hiking around Fort Collins and nearby Horsetooth Mountain, with its unique rock formations.