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Ski technicians at George Fisher

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Instead of our usual, one person staff profile, we have brought all our ski technicians together to tell you a little about them all.  First, a little about the ski workshop.  

All our ski servicing is done in-store by fully qualified ski technicians, if you have any questions, there is always someone to talk you through your options. To book your skis in for a service please contact us.

Are you in need of a new pair of ski boots? Then come to us and we will help you select the right boot for your feet and level of skiing, through our ski boot assessment and fitting service.

As well as our usual selection of downhill boots and skis, for 2016/17 season we offer free ski servicing for life on any new pairs of (full-price) skis bought from us - please call into the store for details.





Now, onto the staff...

Norman Pretswell

“My best week skiing was at the age of 40 in Bulgaria; it was my learn-to-ski week, with much falling over and general hilarity. It taught me not to take it too seriously; after all it’s just posh sledging! I like Italy the most; not only is the food good, people friendly, and pistes well-kept, but the coffee is the best and I have been known to ski into Italy from another country just to enjoy it! You could describe my skiing style as coffee fuelled and interesting.”



Dan Harrison

“I’ve been at George Fisher for 16 months now, mostly on the boot floor. Skiing is my passion, I have been going since I was four years old, and my next big adventure will be to Fernie in Canada, to become a ski instructor! I have a huge bag for my journey and need lots of warm stuff to fill it, as it can get down to -30c. So hopefully by the time I have completed the course I’ll get my CSIA level 1 and 2 so I can teach around the world.”



Jacob Tonkin

“I first clipped into a pair of skis 13 years ago in Claviere, Italy, and quickly realised that the coolest job in the world was being a ski instructor, so in 2015 I achieved a lifelong dream and passed my BASI Ski Instructor qualification. Shortly after that my girlfriend Louise and I moved over to Mallnitz, Austria, for a season working as instructors; it truly was the scariest but most exciting time of my life, as nearly all lessons were done in German.”



Julie Thompson

“Born and bred in Keswick, I have worked at George Fisher for 26 years. I learnt to ski when I was 14 on a patch of snow at the back of Dowthwaite Head, and Keswick ski club had a rope tow on Mell Fell. I have been advising on ski clothing in George Fisher for years, plus I’m now trained in ski boot fitting; it is great to be able to talk to customers about different trips they have planned and share knowledge with them. I am now teaching my grandchildren to ski."



Sean Hayes

“As a keen climber and winter mountaineer, I didn’t start skiing until my twenties, mostly as a means to visit bigger mountains. Having all sorts of foot issues, skiing was always a chore that served a higher purpose. It probably didn’t help that my first ever lesson was on telemark skis in about five feet of fresh powder in Canada. Ten years ago, I finally had a proper boot fit with custom insoles that actually allowed me to use my edges, and help save my knees, and I began to see skiing as a hugely enjoyable sport!”



John Owens

“Skiing for the last 14 years, I would say my ski passions are mainly piste but would love to go ski touring more. As a family we love Italy; good piste grooming, good food and a more relaxed attitude in lift queues mean it’s where we look first. My technique may be described as ‘typically British’ on the slopes, but always looking to improve, especially with my 11-year-old shouting “Angulation, Dad” as he carves past!”

12 December 2016 by George Fisher

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