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.
Meet The Slide Candy Team...
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.
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.
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 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.
Charlie had so much fun last year he's back for another season in Meribel!
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Skier and climber, Jamie loves to be out in the mountains. Coming from the Cairngorms in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, snow and mountains have always been in his life. A bit of a gear geek at heart he loves nothing more than to chat skiing and help ours enjoy the hills.
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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.
Now is your chance to have the season of a lifetime in Meribel and the 3 Valleys. We are recruiting for mobile fitters to deliver and fit quality ski gear to chalets in and around Meribel. Attractive package for the right candidate! Get in touch with a cv - firstname.lastname@example.org - what's stopping you?