» Steven Hankin - Sole UK Strolz Importer and Expert Fitter
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.