Discover the backcountry with Ellis Brigham

9th October 2018, by Abi Butcher

Ellis Brigham is helping skiers put the focus on backcountry this season, with a special talk at its flagship London store later this month followed by a very affordable skills weekend in Scotland next February.
If you are aspiring to get off-piste this season but unsure where to start, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports’ “Discover the Backcountry” season aims to inspiring, instructing and encouraging those looking for new thrills and new skills. It follows a huge surge in sales of backcountry equipment in the UK.
Steve Wells of Ellis Brigham explains: “Backcountry skiing in Europe has seen tremendous growth over the past few seasons. The UK was initially a bit slower to follow this trend but the last two to three years have seen big increases in this sector. Boots have shown big double-digit growth, skis, bindings and accessories not far behind.
“It’s an exciting area of skiing to be involved in, with new technology and lots of knowledge to be gained. Skiers are hungry for information and looking for added adventure has fast become the norm.”

Salomon-sponsored International Mountain Guide, photographer and author, Nigel Shepherd will be giving the first talk “Get into the Backcountry” on Tuesday 23 October at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Covent Garden, London. One lucky person will win a pair of the new must have backcountry bindings from Salomon, the S/Lab Shift, worth more than £400. Places are limited, and tickets cost £8 with all proceeds going to Scottish Mountain Rescue. Click here to book.
Then on 2 and 3 February at the Ben Lawers Range in Scotland, Ellis Brigham is running a heavily subsidised “Discover Backcountry Weekend” for just £25 (accommodation and travel not included). The two-day event — headed by Blair Aitken, founder of and off-piste ski-touring guide — is aimed at newcomers to ski-touring or those wishing to improve their skills. For more information and to book, visit

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