Snowsled is moving on

It is 29 years since a company was first established to make Nansen sleds. That chapter is now closing, and another opening for the niche Snowsled brand.

These imminent changes are brought about by a retirement decision – the time has finally come for someone else to take the Snowsled brand forward into another generation and to inject fresh ideas for the continually developing markets.

Snowsled Polar Ltd will be split two ways –

Aiguille Alpine Equipment will take over management and production of the HDPE pulks and vacuum mattresses. This small gem of a company started nearly 30 years ago, with solid practical experience of the outdoors, and began by making and repairing sewn products for the mountaineering market. Aiguille Alpine currently manufactures a wide range of items for mountaineering, water sports, mountain rescue and other rescue services, and also a few for polar expeditions. The ethos of Aiguille Alpine matches that of Snowsled – simple design fit for purpose, high quality, with the ability to react quickly to market requirements, and with innovation when required. Contact details are,

Aiguille Alpine Equipment
Staveley Mill Yard,
Staveley,
Kendal,
Cumbria LA8 9LR

Tel: +44 (0) 1539 822223
E-mail:  [email protected]
Website: www.aiguillealpine.co.uk

 

Nansen and komatik sleds and Scott pyramid tents will be taken over and managed by Dave Ellis from his base in South Wales. Dave has been part of the Snowsled team at various times since 1993 in a hands-on capacity (around 6 years in total), making Nansen sleds, pulk products and anything else we were then making. Dave eventually joined British Antarctic Survey, spending periods of time totalling 6 years in Antarctica, in various capacities from General Assistant to Base Manager, at Halley Bay, Rothera and Signy Island. Back in the UK, and settled in South Wales, Dave still spends one or two days a week here at Snowsled, manufacturing current orders scheduled. He has made Nansen sleds and Scott tents, and used them for real in Antarctica and there could be no one more experienced to take over the manufacture of these Snowsled products.

From 1st May 2017, Snowsled Polar Ltd will not be accepting any more orders. However, if you live in a country that has a retailer of Snowsled products  – go to the retailer page, please continue to contact them.

Closure timetable – the month of May will be a non-productive month – no orders will be accepted by us. Any received will be passed on to the new suppliers for consideration after 1st June.

from 1st June 2017 onwards, orders will need to be directed to the new manufacturers and suppliers – for pulks and vacuum mattresses, see Aiguille Alpine details above. Details for sleds and Scott pyramid tents will be posted at the end of May.

Please note – the usual e-mail addresses [email protected] and rescue @snowsled.com will both be re-routed to Aiguille Alpine from 1st June onwards.

I am confident that the Snowsled brand is ideally placed to do well in these new directions. Whilst backing away from responsibility for Snowsled, I look forward to being available to the new management teams to help provide continuing advice, as and when needed, while they settle down and forge their own particular way ahead.

Roger Daynes.