Sunday, 10 February 2019

Skiing on Cumbrian snow

We've had two ski tours so far this winter - both setting off from the A6 on the eastern side of the Lake District.

Nick Gray snatched a solo tour between the thaws on 20 January to ski out to Mosedale bothy and back.
Here's his tour in his words: "I took a 'P-shaped route' over the Yarlsides to Harrop Pike with fine views to the Kentmere fells and The Pennines. Over Tarn Crag to pick up the track down Mosedale at the foot of Branstree. Skied to the bothy at Mosedale Cottage and returned up Little Mosedale to Gt Yarlside. -3C, no wind, no cloud, powdery but compacted snow - perfect!"

And then on 2 February, we had a sizeable party complete a tour of Bannisdale in near-perfect conditions. The tour was led  by Kevin and Christine Cook (Photos courtesy of Brian Smith).

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Scottish ski weekend - 22-25 March 2019

We'll be back at Ardverikie in the Scottish Highlands for the second-year running.

Any club members interested in joining the group for skiing on nearby mountains (hopefully) and walking (definitely), please contact Brian Smith.

Here's a picture from our 2018 weekend - taken near the summit of Creag Meagaidh - and just before a great ski descent at last light.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Ski-touring Cumbria-style

This write-up of local tours in early March comes from club member Nick Gray...
A trio of mini desserts!

After Tuesday night’s snowfall the strong easterly winds, and difficulty of travel  precluded the full main course trips to the high tops but allowed a tasty assiette of mini desserts to be enjoyed close to home. Here are the recipes for shorter tours near Kendal – some well tried others maybe not:
Benson Knott: Skis on at the barn on the Tebay road and fishscales took me all way to summit. Great  run down fell to boundary gate then good snow down easterly field all way back to car – plenty of time in the bright sunshine for a second round – it was that good!
Cunswick Scar: With winds whipping all the snow away , grey cloud and bitter temperature a run from Scout Scar to Cunswick and back sufficed and certainly blew the cobwebs away. Finding silky snow in the lea of the wind gave Lucy and I surprisingly good glide.
Borrowdale and Whinfell ridge: Researching a venue for the weekend ,as meet leader, I came up with the A6 Borrowdale, thinking snow would be blown into the valley with some shelter from the plantations. A return back along Whinfell would have any easterly wind at our backs. With no takers I waited for the winds to subside and sun to appear before setting off and enjoyed a great run down a perfect, quadbike groomed track to Low Borrowdale Farm. Then up through sparse woodland remnants to the repeater station and along the ridge in glorious evening sun. The final knobbles and small plantation gave more challenging “bushwhacking” but a great outing with 3 close-up wildlife sightings. A surprised fox crossing the ridge in front of me, a curious tawny owl disturbed from a roost by snowy rocks and a ruin on the ridge came back for a closer look, and a snipe in the valley exploded from under my skis.
Tasty treats indeed!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Winter weekend ski meets

The ski season starts here!

On the Events page, we've published our list of weekend meet leaders who will be organising tours if there's snow on local fells.

Last season, we had some good tours, including spectacular conditions in March on The Dodds in North Lakeland.

We've also got a range of metal-edged touring skis and track skis to hire for club members.

Check out our Facebook page or this website's home page for details of any planned tours (when conditions allow).

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Light-hearted talk on skiing

An illustrated talk by Nick Gray on cross-country skiing in the UK and Norway will take place at Natland Village Hall, near Kendal, from 8pm on Friday 27 October.

The talk is free. Everyone welcome, but please leave the klister at home - we don't want a repeat of last year...

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Summer calendar

Updated our summer programme of events. There's a good mix of roller skiing, walks and other events. See Forthcoming Events page for details.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A season finale...?

Just when you think there's going to be no skiing in the lakes in 2017, you get deep snow, blue skies and no wind. Almost perfect conditions.
Thankfully, those conditions fell on a Saturday (25 March), and five club members (plus one dog) made the 9.15am start from Matterdale car park. Skis were put on a short distance from the car for the climb to Randerside, then Great Dodd. Snow depth was around 20cm - difficult for the hill-walkers but ideal for skiing - albeit the very hot conditions quickly softened the snow.
From Great Dodd it was to Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd, then down to Hart Crag to cross Rush Gill and back to the car. The skiers were: Nick, Christine, Geoff, Marcus and Mike, and the non-skier was Binky the dog.