Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Chester

The Chester store stocks a great selection of all outdoor products and brands that are adjusted seasonally, so you'll find ski and snowboard gear in the shop from September until April.

Here are some of the key services provided by the outdoor experts in our Chester shop:

  • Travel equipment & advice
  • Skis & ski boot fitting
  • Ski binding mounting
  • Snowboard binding mounting
  • Snowboard & snowboard boot fitting
  • Walking boot fitting
  • Rucksack fitting
  • Climbing equipment & advice
  • Running shoe fitting
  • Mountaineering equipment & advice
  • 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."

  • Sophie Patterson

    Snowboard Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    Snowboard expert and assistant store manager Sophie began surfing at just 9 years old. Blessed with having a family caravan at Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula, she grew up with boardsports in the bays and coves of North Wales. The next logical step was to take up snowboarding. "Surfing in North Wales in January was definitely good preparation for some of the harsher weather conditions found on the mountain!". Now with over ten years' experience in the mountains under her belt, she is a great source of advice for those looking to progress their riding.

    "Having spent 6 years working in the snowsports industry I like to think I've picked up a fair amount of knowledge along the way", she says. "Working with the father of British snowboarding Steve Bailey all that time has definitely helped improve my knowledge of all things snowboard. In this time I've been on multiple board tests and heard first hand from the manufacturers what makes these boards so great."

    "The moments that stick out for me are usually when I'm out of my comfort zone and my adrenaline is high. I remember attempting my first powder run in Bansko, I had never experienced that type of snow before and that many obstacles! The feeling of pushing myself through the pow and between the trees was the best thrill I've ever had."

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Bansko, Bulgaria. "Instead of the well trodden runs of France and Austria, I’ve honed my skills on the slopes of eastern Europe. The mountains of Bulgaria have been my training ground where it’s easy to break away from the crowds and find untracked snow."

  • 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."

  • Rhys Jones

    Climbing & Mountaineering Expert

    Store: CHESTER

    Mountaineering and climbing expert Rhys tries to get out to the walls two to three times a week, and into the mountains at least twice a month. Well-versed in all aspects of the sport including indoor, trad, sport, bouldering, dry-tooling and winter climbing, it's safe to say Rhys is a font of knowledge when it comes to heading upwards.

    Rhys's climbing has had its highs and lows. He has completed a Three Peaks Challenge in full winter conditions; fallen on a pitch on Ben Nevis's Douglas Boulder (and gone on to finish the route in the dark) but on other climbs has known when to turn back, having had to abandon an attempt on Thunderbolt in Glencoe.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Scottish Highlands and Snowdonia."I love Glencoe and Torridon, but the Glyders and Carneddau are my favourites closer to home. Pete's Eats in Llanberis is a great place after a long day in the hills - it does awesome food and hot chocolate!