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 can also 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 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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    Glide & Slide Ski Shop UK Strolz Ski Boot Specialist

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    Strolz custom ski boots are the only customised orthopaedic ski boots available and each pair crafted are completely unique to the anatomy of your foot.

    We are proud to be the exclusive UK supplier of Strolz ski boots and we now offer the same day service that Strolz clients enjoy in Austria.

    Strolz are produced in Austria at the factory in Langen and Strolz craftsmanship is second to none. By choosing to purchase a pair of Strolz custom made ski boots, you'll be assured of comfort and enjoyment that will last for years to come.

    For specific foot problems such as club feet and pinned ankles, a specialist boot will be produced in Austria in a three to four week period. This modified boot will then be fitted by Steven in the UK. All other foot problems can be dealt with from the complete range we carry in stock.

    By purchasing a pair of Strolz, your skiing will improve as you will be able to focus on your technique, not the discomfort of ill-fitting ski boots!

    All Strolz ski boots sold in the UK are expertly fitted by Steven Hankin who now has over 24 years experience with Strolz.

    Having worked at Cairnwell Ski School which was run by the renowned Austrian skier, Gustav Fischnaller, Steven first came across Strolz boots when he began wearing them and fitting others for their own pairs. He remained at Glenshee ski teaching race training and running the Ski School until leaving in 1988 having gained two teaching qualifications which he then took with him to Les Menuires, France where he ran his next Ski School until returning to the UK in 1993.

    Steven then spent the next two years managing the artificial ski slope in Harrogate alongside race training the Ravens Ski Club and the Yorkshire and Humbershire Squad.

    Steven went on to start his own business in 1996, Glide and Slide in Otley, which he still runs today and is recognized as a specialist ski and snowboard retail outlet. Using the knowledge he gained during his time at Cairnwell, Steven began supplying and fitting Ski Boots to his clientele. In 1999 when Gustav returned to Austria, it was agreed that Steven, with his extensive knowledge and love of Strolz, should continue as the sole UK importer and his new base in Yorkshire would act as a more central location.

    Each year, Steven visits the Strolz factory in Langen, Austria in order to be fully up to date with any changes to the boots and excitingly last year saw the introduction of a new boot with improved clips and easier entry inner.

    The Process

    Fit Analysis

    Every foot is unique and by imprinting your foot, your Strolz ski boot will be created to model this data. As part of the analysis process, we take your individual foot print and capture the exact volume of your feet to the millimetre, ensuring optimum fit.

    Also at the first meeting we also determine your skier type and match you with the correct shell configuration dependant on your weight, physiology and ability level.

    Boot Creation

    The data from your foot analysis is transferred manually by hand to your ski boot with the leather inner and shell both being modelled identically to your last.

    Your custom ski boot is then crafted by Steven Hankin so as to ensure your boots compliment your unique foot print.

    Fitting

    The final stage is then to individually and anatomically complete the ski boot through the foaming process.

    A foot bed is prepared that correctly supports your foot in the ski boot and is expertly fitted for you.

    Any high spots or problem areas are then padded where necessary so that the foaming process can be undertaken, resulting in the creation of your unique boot liner.

    Once this process has been fully completed, after 24 hours your Strolz ski boots are ready for you to use and enjoy!

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