Established for over 25 years, Glide and Slide in Otley is the place to visit for all your ski wear and equipment. 
 
Glide and Slide has a reputation for offering the best ski boot fitting service in Yorkshire, and stocks the largest range of ski boots in the country. We are the only UK supplier of Strolz made-to-measure Ski Boots from Austria so we can fit ski boots for the most unusual feet.
 
We stock a wide range of ski wear, whether you are looking for a jacket and pants on a budget or just need to bring your winter wardrobe up to date with a new hat, gloves, helmet or midlayer, you can choose from brands such as Scott, Atomic, Salomon and Slokker. 
 
The Eiger Suite in our Otley shop is where you will find our luxury ski clothing from La Croix and Fusalp, perfect for those who want to look good on the slopes without compromising on quality and technicality. 
 
If you dream of cruising the blue runs,  throwing down 1080's in the park or blasting through powder on your own set of skis, we can advise on the best type and sizing for you. Our service department will keep your equipment in top condition, offering waxing, edging and repair services.
 
Our long running School Plus department helps make children's ski holidays with school that little bit easier for parents, children and teachers alike. We offer clothing hire and sales for schools running ski trips. Visit our SchoolPlus page for more information on this service. 
 
Whether it is your first ski holiday, and you need guiding through the basics, or it's your 20th trip and you are looking for more high performance ski gear, our staff are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about snowsports. Owner Steven Hankin, has over 30 years experience in the ski industry in race training and running ski schools as a BASI Ski Instructor. A true family business, daughter Madeline Hankin has had the benefit of her fathers knowledge passed down to her as well as becoming an experienced skier spending a lot of time in the mountains from a very young age. Manager, Ally Bolton imparts his knowledge as a highly experienced and qualified ski boot fitter, and a CSIA Ski Instructor.  Silvan Esslinger heads up the service department with many ski seasons worth of experience. 

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    Here at Glide & Slide we specialize in ski boot fitting and we are British Ski Boot-fitting Association (BSBA) Gold Members. Therefore, ski boot fitting is something which we take very seriously. From the custom-made ski boots of Strolz to off -the-shelf ski boots from many leading manufacturers, we are sure we can find (and fit) the right boot for you!
     
    Our two main boot fitters are both BSBA accredited and have a wealth of experience in skiing and ski boot fitting.
     
    Steven Hankin (BSBA 201) is the owner of Glide & Slide and is a BASI Ski Instructor with over 30 years' experience fitting ski boots. Steven has been involved in race training and running ski schools from Glenshee in Scotland to the French Alps.
     
    Ally Bolton (BSBA 201) is a CSIA 2 Ski Instructor and has 10 years experience fitting ski boots. Ally Started working at Glide & Slide in 2004 after returning to the UK after working as a Ski Instructor in Banff, Canada.
     

    The Process

    Fitting a pair of ski boots is not a quick process, so allow plenty of time when coming in for a fitting. Most fittings take at least 2 hours.  And please remember to bring your own ski socks with you.

    Foot Analysis

    The ski boot that is right for you is the boot that fits the best. In order to find that boot, we first need to assess your feet. 
    We start by accurately measuring your feet. Don't be surprised if your feet aren't exactly the same size as each other, this is normal. After measuring your feet we assess your foot shape, your stance and any conditions or injuries which may influence the choice of boot. We also take into account any individualities your feet may have, such as bunions, low arches, etc. 
    We will talk to you about your skiing ability and style, any skiing preferences you have (such as skiing in the off-piste) and your past experiences with ski boots, be it good or bad. Armed with this information, we are able to start the process of selecting a boot.
     

    Boot Selection

    Boots vary in width and volume, so it is important to select the boot that fits your foot the best straight off the shelf before we make any adjustments. Using the information gathered during the initial assessment we are able to select a boot that will suit your feet and your skiing. We carry one of the largest boot ranges in the country and are the sole UK supplier of Strolz made to-measure boots. Carrying such an extensive range, means that we can be confident that we can find and fit a boot for anyone. 

    The Fitting

    The final stage is to fit the boots. All boots we stock come with heat moldable liners and some with custom moldable shells. This process allows us to mold the shell of the boot to match the shape of your feet to eliminate any pressure points. A common example of this would be molding the shell match a bunion of one or both feet. Even if a boot does not have a custom moldable shell, we have a fully equipped workshop containing boot stretchers, grinding tools, etc. This means that we can adapt any boot to achieve the ideal fit.

    Footbeds

    Our boot fitting experience, allied with orthotic foot analysis, shows us that there are on the whole (although one should never generalize) three different foot types:  Low Arch, Medium Arch and High Arch.  These different shapes can create a variety of issues within the ski boot, or any other footwear for that matter.  A correctly made molded footbed will support the foot properly and alleviate these problems. 
    While we do not insist on making a footbed for every pair of boots, we do believe that footbeds will improve the fit and comfort of the boots and will therefore improve your skiing experience.  We will talk to you during your initial assessment about footbeds and whether you would benefit from them.

    After The Fitting

    After the fitting it is very important that you wear the boots as much as possible before you go skiing. If possible, we recommend skiing at a snowdome before your holiday as this gives us the opportunity to make any minor adjustments that may be needed after you have skied in the boots for the first time. Any ski boots bought and fitted at Glide & Slide come with a Fit Guarantee and any fit adjustments that may be required over the life of the boots are free of charge!

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