We sell skis. And we love it. Actually we also sell snowboards, outdoor clothing and a whole host of watersports equipment but you get the point.
Think about your favourite day on the slopes- you know that feeling? We have that feeling every day at work. Skis, snowboards and water sports is our passion. We've had this sentiment since 1968 when we wanted to share this passion with our customers.
Our shop, warehouse and website offices reside in the bustling roman town of Chester. Each member of our team has a long history in both snow or water sports, and we know and care what we are talking about.
Not only do we make the best of what the UK to offer (Skiing in Scotland or touring on Snowdonia), but we are lucky to attend the Ski Test year after year, and get on a few ski trips each season with friends and family. We practice what we preach, and pass that knowledge onto you.
If you pop into our shop or call us for advice, you will most likely get one of the following staff members:
Sail and Ski is all I have known since I was 10 years old. I've never had another job... well besides when I had a job as a artificial turkey inseminator at 13.
Sail and Ski has given me many interesting experiences in business. I've travelled the world on ski and snowboard tests and visited various headquarters and factories in the ski and water sports industry. Through the business I have also met many interesting characters either as customers or work colleagues, some who have become lifelong friends. Being part of a snow and water sports business has given me the opportunity to participate in all the sports I love: sailing, windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding and wakeboarding.
Sail and Ski started as a family business(Boats and Sports) in 1968 which I took over in 1979 changing the name to Sail and Ski. The present day set up is balanced between our shops and online which I and my fellow director run together. My job title? Head tea boy.
- Favourite place to ski? Purely for the amazing powder would be Niseko Hokkaido Japan. I have many other favourite places around the world for different reasons, basically most places with snow covered mountains.
- Best part of your job? The lifestyle.
- Weapon of choice? Depends on what sport. I am currently enjoying a reunion after 30 years with my MM custom windsurf board, still in one piece.
- What do you do outside of work? Whenever possible I'm in the snow in winter and on the water in summer.
- Summer or Winter? Both.
- First ski video you watched? I can remember watching was the 'Blizzard of Ahhs' by Greg Stump with Glen Plake, Mike Hattrup and Scot Schmidt.
- Random fact about you? I can juggle with flaming batons in the dark!
I am a Sail and Ski 'lifer'! I started working as a Saturday boy when I was 16, and haven't left. Work was mixed in with doing winter and summer seasons either on the snow or water. I am now one of the two company directors. This means much of the buying and business decisions occupy my time. In our busy periods you will find me doing the most basic jobs such as packing internet orders, organising our warehouse and making the coffee!
Outside of work I love to spend time on the snow, skiing or snowboarding, which we are lucky enough to get to do more than most in the winter. My other passion lies in the sport of triathlon and specifically long distance racing. Therefore I am the companies resident expert on our expanding business in open water swimming wetsuits.
- Favourite place in the world to ski? Tignes, France, mainly due to friends we have in the area
- What's the best part of your job? The fact that I operate an adult's 'toy store' effectively. Most people that come to buy products from us are spending their hard earned money on something they really love and want to buy which means most of our customers are in high spirits whilst shopping with us
- Weapon of choice?: I have two...first, my Zoot wetsuit. Open water swimming in the sea on a sunny day is a fantastic feeling. Second, any ski wider than 100mm with a touring binding on it. Great skiing and well earned turns!
- What do you do when you're not at work? With modern technology, do we ever leave work these days?
- Summer or winter? It is not a season I prefer, it is just clear blue skies, whether that be hot or cold.
- First snowboard/ski video you ever watched? Couldn't even name one. I'm not one for watching, more for doing.
- Random fact about you? May sound a bit weird but when resting my heart only beats 34 times per minute!
I started working for Sail and Ski at 16 years old working Saturdays while studying at college. After college I worked full time in the shop and then moved on to working in customer services for the website. I've now transitioned into 'Web Design and Marketing', mainly responsible for building the website. This includes adding new products, creating advertisements, online offers and running email campaigns.
- Favourite place to ride? Sun Peaks, BC.
- Best part about your job? Getting to work in an industry that I am passionate about.
- Weapon of choice? Burton Custom X.
- What do you do outside of work? I enjoy anything outdoors, running, cooking, walking, rugby.
- Summer or Winter? Couldn't do without either!
- First snowboard vid you ever watched? RobotFood - Snowboard Afterbang.
- Random fact: Working for Sail and Ski was the first job I ever had!