Our Staff

Ski Test Team

At the end of Winter 2009, we took twelve of our ski staff to Italy to test all of the new skis to put together our range for 2010/11. We don't confirm any of our orders before we have tested the skis and considered the feedback from all of our testers. We are sure we have a ski to suit every customer - we hope you agree!

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Snowboard Test Team

Here are the vital statistics for the Snow + Rock staff who tested this year's snowboard range - see each board for their thoughts!

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Our Sponsored Athletes

Pat Sharples Freeskier

I have been a part of the new wave of Freeskiing since it started back in the late '90s and I'm still as passionate about the sport now as when I was when I first started. I used to compete around the world at big mountain Freeride competitions as well as new school freestyle events and performed demos at all the major ski shows including the London Metro show and was the England freestyle ski team captain for 4 years. During my time as professional skier I have been lucky to be supported by my dream sponsors that have included Salomon, Oakley, and Snow+Rock who I still work heavily with to this day, now as an athlete team manager for Oakley and Salomon as well as Salomon's community manager. I still spend the winters working on photoshoots including the Snow+Rock shoots each year where I have been on their brochure cover 3 times and working on filming projects which have included a recent trip to Sweden with the BBC's Top Gear which will be aired later this year. I now also run the biggest Freestyle ski camps in the UK www.salomongromcamps.co.uk where we coach the future UK talent. Snow+Rock have supported in me in everything I have done and they keep helping me do my job which is promoting the sport of Freeskiing.

Warren Smith Freeskier

Warren is one of Britain's leading professional freeskiers and an Internationally Certified Performance Coach and Ski Instructor. He has been a sponsored Volkl freeski athlete for over 5 years and has represented the Oakley UK Freeski Team for over 10 years.

Watch Warren freeskiing in Japan by clicking below:

He has spent many years teaching recreational skiers, developing ski instructors and coaching racers all over Europe. He is one of the most innovative instructors working in the Alps today and has earned a name for himself for the constant research and development he carries out combing Ski Technique, Ski Biomechanics and Ski Physiology.

He has written, directed and produced the best selling ski technique DVD's, Ski Academy - Lesson's 1, 2, 3 + 4 which have sold over 24,000 copies globally to date. In 2006 he finished writing an international book titled 'Go Ski' for DK Books. DK are part of the Penguin Books Group and the book was published in several languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish to name but a few. The book has now had over 100,000 copies printed around the world and has given Warren an international reputation in the world of ski coaching.

His ski technique and coaching methods are viewed all over the world with his online technique live video clips at www.ifyouski.com/technique. Warren was also the first ski coaching in the world to produce Ski Technique tips for the IPOD and Mobile Phone. For more on Warren see www.soulsports.co.uk/warrensmith.

  • Member of International Ski Coaches Association (IVSI)
  • Member of 'International Ski instructors Association' (ISIA)
  • UK Snowsports Tutor & Coach
  • Diploma in 'Sports Psychology'
  • British Freeski Team athlete
  • Presenter of Highly Acclaimed Ski Academy DVD's
  • Author of DK Books, 'Go Ski'

Sam Gardner Triathlete

Sam's relationship with Snow+Rock and what it means:

Over the years I've always had a love of all 'outdoor' sports, and I still do. Most of my time is taken up with cycling, running and swimming, but around these I make time to go climbing, skiing and just getting out walking in the hills. As a customer, Snow+Rock always impressed me with knowledgeable staff and quality proven products you can rely on. When the opportunity arose to work together with them I jumped at the chance. I know that if I take my bike for a service at CycleSurgery it will come back working great. If I need advice on which running shoes to buy for my particular running gait then Runners Need can analyse my foot strike and get me the pair I need to keep me injury free. My local store is Chertsey and I have Snow+Rock, CycleSurgery and Runners Need all under one roof. Time is of the essence when you're trying to train 3 times a day and for me keeping my bike serviced and equipment in good order is now so easy, and I know that the products I need will be in stock almost all of the time.

I took up the sport of triathlon in 2005 after a successful cycling career, and in my first triathlon season I managed to win 13 races, including the prestigious Vitruvian Half Ironman. In 2006 I turned away from the road triathlons, deciding to use my Mountain bike experience and concentrated on the European Xterra series and came 7th overall in the series, with several top 10 results including a 4th in Xterra Spain. The highlight of the year was 15th place at the world championships in Hawaii. 2007 started well with 2nd places at Xterra Guam and Xterra Saipan, I again came 7th in the European tour and improved my World Championship finish to 14th place. Last year I managed to win my first Global Tour race which was Xterra Japan, I had another top 10 overall finish in the European tour despite missing 2 races.

I am starting my 2011 season with several early season Xterra's in Asia. Namely Xterra Phillipines, Xterra Saipan and Xterra Guam alongside Tagaman (a middle distance road event, also in Saipan). This series of races has become a favorite of mine, having won Xterra Saiapan and Guam for the last 2 years. I then plan to do some road triathlons and separate events in the individual 3 disciplines, building up to my late season goal of Challenge Henley.

Long course triathlon has become very popular of late, and it's something that I've always thought would suit my strengths. In 2011 I decided to take my first steps into the 'long distance' triathlon world. Living in Windsor, Berkshire I spend much of my life riding my bike in the Chiltern Hills. In October 2010 'Challenge Henley' was announced as a major new 'Iron distance' event (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). Within hours of hearing the news I had emailed the organiser and expressed my interest. The press launch on a river boat down the Thames showed what big plans they have for the event and I'm very excited to be making my debut at this event in my home county.

More info at www.samgardner.com