About Slidecandy

We like sliding. Down snowy hills. A lot! Such is our appetite for sliding down hills, we devoted many years working in the UK ski industry to testing and selling skis and snowboards. We also spent a considerable chunk of time learning about the complexities of feet and how to make them feel good in ski boots.

About Slidecandy
It seemed a terrible waste of "ski geekery" to be walking around England like human glossaries of ski terminology, so we headed to the Alps to practice more of what we preached. After many seasons sliding around other resorts, we settled in the biggest area of skiable terrain in the world; The 3 Valleys.

Wherever we worked, we found that our clients really appreciated genuine, honest user-knowledge of the gear, the kind of service that only comes from an infectious enthusiasm for winter sports and an understanding of exactly how precious snow time is for holiday makers.

Over the years, against a backdrop of globalised groups and ever expanding companies, the landscape of ski and snowboard rental has changed forever. Things moved on and the personal element disappeared. Not content with the service or quality of rental products now available out here in the Alps, we teamed up with a local French businessman with an unparalleled appetite for life and decided to go mobile. As a purely mobile business we can keep our prices down and still maintain superior quality of service and product.

There's something deeply satisfying about being able to hand over a brand new season's, perfectly tuned pair of skis to a client at a fair and honest price, knowing it's exactly the right ski, and were you to bump into them on the slopes, they wouldn't be able to wipe the silly grin off their face.

Our aim is simple. We deliver a superior quality of gear with exceptional service at a competitive and honest price.

Meet The Slidecandy Team...

Andrew Buckingham
Andrew Buckingham

Once you hear that Andrew used to earn himself a few dollars hucking off enormous cliffs, it's hard to believe he's the sensible one. A precise coordinator who knows the area like a local cabbie, it's no surprise that he'll be organising our deliveries this winter. His seasons of experience in the industry in Europe, Canada and even heli-trips to Alaska are probably more numerous than he likes to admit, as are his skiing skills.

Helen Tomlinson
Helen Tomlinson

Please do not feed cake to this member of slide candy! It's hard to fit boots with a belly full of chalet cake. Helen has a clear memory aged 8, of declaring in Chamonix to her father that when she grew up she'd be a ski bum. Well if all bums worked this hard we could pay off the national debt. Helen learnt her skills at Snow & Rock before heading alpwards, and has since added many years of boot fitting, ski and snowboard testing to her encyclopaedic equipment knowledge.

Vincent Barralier
Vincent Barralier
Continental Relations Co-Oridantor

There's not much Vinnie doesn't know about ski gear, retail and the 3 Valleys terrain, having skied since the age of 3 and moved up into the hills more than 10 years ago. Come to think of it, there's not much he doesn't know. We're not too sure if he's human as he has far too much energy and spins more plates than a travelling circus. He's the man who has what you need before you even knew you wanted it. In his spare time you'll find him doing back flips somewhere with a shocking landing.

James Beedall
James Beedall
Worldwide Logistics Manager

James is back for another year with Slide Candy and we couldn't be happier to have him. He'll be heading up the mobile team and overseeing the workshop after many years of ski servicing. In his spare time, Beedall will be found looking for the latest ski that he's lost on some powder hunting back country epic.

Paul White
Paul White
James' Microsoft Tutor

Paul has worked so hard with us for the last 5 years we thought we'd let  him go get some Japanese pow-pow for a few years! Come back soon Paul!

 

Charlie Barnes
Charlie Barnes
Mobile ski and boot fitter.

Charlie had so much fun last year he's back for another season in Meribel!

Rob  Waddell
Rob Waddell

New for 201617. He comes from a land down under...

Lynne Waters
Lynne Waters

New for 2016/17. She came from a land down under...

Boo
Boo
Chief Crumb Eater

Boo has been with us from day one and we are not quite sure how she still has a job. She is an avid ski tourer and is normally found digging around in the snow somewhere above Meribel.