End of Season Knees Up.........
Finally there is an "end of season bash" being organised at the Black Bull pub in Frosterley on Saturday 18 May to
which all are invited. This is informal but Will, one of the
snowboarders who runs the pub, will be firing up the wood burning pizza
oven and there will be special treats for all who attend. Details on
facebook but if you do not have access to this I will send out a
reminder nearer the time. Some idea of numbers would be useful so could
you either let me or Will know if you intend to come. You will find the
Friday April 12th
this be the end of the season? Unfortunately we have no available tow
operators for tomorrow (Friday ) but there remains the possibility of
one last ski on Saturday before warmer wetter weather arrives on
Sunday. Will update this mesage and the answerphone tomorrow night.
Thursday 11th April and Beyond !
Due to a shortage of Tow Operators we will not be opening on Thursday but may possibly do so on Friday and the weekend if the conditions are suitable.
Found - A grey Jig Saw beanie has been found on the slopes - I currently have it if the owner wants to contact me.Skiing for week commencing 8th April..
Hopefully we will get some skiing in this week but are not planning to open tomorrow (Monday). There is a possibility of skiing Tuesday or Wednesday and suggest you keep listening to the answerphone for updates.
This Weekend...6th-7th April
snow just doesnt want to go and remains virtually unchanged for this
means we will be skiing
both Saturday and Sunday. Both days we intend to open
at 10am but
check the answerphone before travelling in case conditions
change. The road is tarmac all the way up so no need for chains etc but
remember the shovel as you may still need to dig in.
are reserved for members only - we do
not allow any day members so please do not travel up only to be
disappointed. If you want to ski weekends next season you will need to
join. Membership opens for current members on 1st September and for new
members on 1st October. I anticipate membership filling up pretty
quickly next season so do not procrastinate!
We Need A Rest !!!!
we are ready for the weekend ...SO. The tows will not be
tomorrow Friday 5th April....BUT, we are all ready to go for Saturday
(Members only I'm afraid). Opening times will be posted on the
Answerphone/FB/Internet on Friday evening.
Wednesday 3rd April
cracking forcast. Cold Air & Blue Sky.....To make the most of
longer days, Give folk a chance to ski after work AND give all our
volunteer operators a wee lie in ..We are planning to open Wednesday
@1pm and close @7pm (subject to Conditions & Man Power)
So...Let the Good Times Roll...http://vimeo.com/63128030
for Tuesday 2nd April
We are planning
to open on Tuesday from 11am
(having a well deserved lie-in) and are also opening on Wednesday.
We will accept day members on weekdays.To celebrate the start of BST we
are considering opening later on Wednesday, perhaps at 1pm and staying
open until 7pm but I will update this message tomorrow night - possibly
a chance for you to come home from work and catch an hour or two on the
I have had loads of feedback from members and guests who have enjoyed
spectacular skiing and boarding and 99%
has been positive. I have had one complaint that one of the runs was
not pisted and the toilets were messy (ladies not gents!). Can I take
this opportunity to thank all those who have commented, to thank those
who have helped out when not asked to (shovelling snow onto any bare
patches, helping organise the lift queues etc) and to to remind
everyone that the club is run by a very small band of volunteers, all
who have fulltime day jobs, work their socks off in the summer and
during the winter season. Rather than complain about a bit
mess why not volunteer to help tidy it up, after all we quite like to
get some skiing in as well! Work parties will be advertised in the
summer for anyone who wants to put a little back into this great club!
Found - a
multitool was found on the slopes at the weekend - if anyone has lost
one then contact me.
one of the committee lost his mobile in the car park and someone kindly
picked it up and put it on his rear window - he would like to pass his
thanks on to whoever did this.
News for Easter Monday April 1st
Orange tow rope
We are planning
to open tomorrow (Easter Monday) and will open at 10am
. We will
accept day members
as usual please print
off the form from the website
and complete it before you set off. The road is tarmac all the way
(except for a few BIG potholes!) but parking may be tight so you may
have to dig in further down the road so please ensure you bring a
shovel and if needed dig in well off the road (after first checking for
there was an orange ultra22 sac left in the lodge. I have left it
hanging up but if the owner wants it bringing down please let me know.
David Richardson left one near the stile - if anyone has found it
please let me know.
Cummings has posted some photos on Flickr from Friday if you want to
have a look -
hope this Jet Stream stays in the south for a few more weeks and who
knows could be skiing in May?
So for Saturday 30th March..Firstly Members Only
Sat & Sunday I'm afraid..There May still be a couple of Full
Membership places now..Be Quick
was at a premium today due to so many people being there but all seemed
to go well and everyone dug in well off the road extending half a mile
or more down the hill and before the bridge! One word of warning when
digging in off the road - check the ground you are driving onto before
driving onto it! It may sound silly but the ditches are all filled with
snow and it is hard to tell what is solid groud and what is ditch as
one Discovery driver "discovered" - fortunately he had been helped out
by the time I got back down.
We are planning to open tomorrow from 10am
please remember that weekends
are for members only so we will not be accepting any day members on
either Saturday or Sunday.
Please remember to bring your passes and try and have them visible. We
will run a series of checks through the day so I apologise if you are
stopped several times to show your pass. Finally,
collecting day fees was chaotic as usual. I took a full membership from
one person - please can you contact me with your details to save me
trawling through all the paperwork? We will not be taking any
memberships on the slopes this weekend - all memberships
must be done
on line via the website.
a separate note one of or members, Paul, has left his skis by the
stile. If anyone has picked them up or moved them please wil you let me
know. I also have a pair of white earphones that were left outside the
lodge on the picnic table.
to open tomorrow (Thursday) from 10am and are
to open Friday to Monday if the
weather stays as it. We will accept day members on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday and Sunday will be members only.
Day members please print off the day
membership form from the website and hand it to a Tow Operator before
skiing - they
will be pretty obvious with day glow orange jackets on saying Tow
we also have Channel 4 coming up to do some filming so if you see a
camera pointing at you remember to smile!
Update for Wednesday 27th MarchWe
are still not sure whether we can open tomorrow. The wind is forecast
to drop a bit but there are further snow flurries forecast. The road is our problem.
It has been ploughed leaving a very narrow route up which potentially
will blow in if there is much wind or snow. There are drifts 6-7 foot
deep which have been ploughed through but no turning points or passing
places so if you meet another car it is a very long way to reverse.
Someone is planning to go up in the morning and assess the road and
will update the answerphone as soon as we know but it won't be before
10am. If we do open it will only be accessible to 4WD or 2WD with
chains and you will need plenty of shovels to dig in as the parking is
likely to be very restricted. Please
do not try and to get up the road until the answerphone has been
updated as one stuck car could be stuck for a very long time!
cold weaher is due to last all over Easter so we are definitely hoping
to open Friday and over the weekend if possible and this will give us
more time to clear the route up
Update for Tuesday 26th March
winds have persisted and there are still concerns about the road
blocking so we are not
planning to open on Tuesday but
will reconsider as the week progresses and update as soon as conditions
Sunday 24th March
good news is that we have stacks of beautiful fresh powder snow and it
is set to last for some time. The bad news is that the road has
completely filled in and the snow plough only managed to get about 100m
past Glenwhelt Farm and couldn't get any further due to the drifts of
over 6 foot in places. I have spoken to the
driver and they will try again once the winds drop but it will need to
be dug out and if the wind persists it is pointless as it will just
fill in again. We are therefore not
planning to open on Sunday or Monday but
hopefully by Tuesday
when the wind is predicted to start easing we may open. If things
change in the meantime we will update the answerphone and this email.
We may try and walk in tomorrow to get some pisting done as there must
be huge drifts behind some of the snow fencing.
I know but out of our hands. Yad Moss are hoping to open tomorrow from
10:30 if the roads are open.Currently however I believe all the roads
from Weardale to Teesdale are closed so you will have to go the long
we do finally open can I send a message out to all snowboarders about
the tows. Being a snowboarder myself (currently reformed and back on
skis) I appreciate that our tows are difficult to master on a board but
it is very important to try and keep to the tow line and not veer out
too far to the side. There is a real risk of pulling the rope of the
runners, especially if there are several boarders in quick succession,
so please try and stay as close to the tow line as possible. We will do
our best to flatten the towline to make it easier. If the rope does
come off it is a big inconvenience at best but at worst is potentially
Friday 22nd March
to adverse weather forcasts and high winds due to go into Saturday
the tows are NOT planning to open today Friday 22nd March.
Keep checking the Answerphone for up to the minute opening information
will be ON today. Club opening @10am. Please ensure
have a snow shovel & Chains /4x4 if driving up to the Top Car
Day Members are welcome today but please bring with you your completed Day
Form and correct Payment.......Looks Like a GREAT
Wednesday 20th March
at the current forcast we are NOT planning to open today....Later in
the week looking promising so keep checking the Answerphone for Up To
The Minute Info 01388 317 767
OF THE DAY
Richard Dobson who cycled up on his
mountain bike with blades strapped on and boots hanging over the
frame!..Wiggo eat your heart out....Now that's Dedication.
Opening Update for Tuesday 19th
are mixed reports for tomorrow so we intend to open but may close early
(1pm'ish) if conditions are not favourable and aim to do a
pisting to prepare the slopes for Wednesday and Thursday when
conditions are predicted to be better.
summary, turn up tomorrow if you wish but please do not turn up late as
we may close early depending on conditions. Wednesday and Thursday do
look better bets!
Wednesday 13th March
Although good skiing
today (Tues 12th)unfortunately the cover is now very thin and so we are
not planning to open Wednesday 13th. We do understand that
Moss will be Open..So make the most of your Weardale Membership
Discount if you fancy a days skiing...Dont forget to take your
Monday 11th March for Tuesday
has been further fresh snow today and temperatures are already sub-zero
in Stanhope so we areplanning
to open the lifts tomorrow, Tuesday 12 March, from about 10am.
We are not sure what conditions will be like although the webcam looks
to have improved from the weekend when conditions were poor. There is a
northerly wind forecast which is not usually pleasant for skiing at
Swinhope and if conditions are not great we may close early so do not
turn up late (ie get
there before 12:00)
as we may close early. Day members are welcome - usual rules apply. I
will update this message tomorrow night to see whether we can ski
road was quite snowy + icy on Sunday and with the wind
may be tricky in places so come prepared and ensure you put on your
chains before starting if they are needed. 4wd / winter tyres should be
Sunday 24th Feb KEENEST SKIERS OF THE DAY
Goes to the ANSELL
family who drove up for the day from Essex !
done guys, hope you had a good day....The snow has been better !! but
the sun did come out. Anyway , we hope you enjoyed yourselves and had a
safe journey home. Next time hopefully there will be even better
conditions for you !, and stay a
Wednesday 13th Feb
Well, looking at the
forcast it's looking a wee bit WILD for today so with that forcast
in mind we are not planning to open today or Thursday and
unfortunately the weather is due to warm up a bit for the
weekend...But, as ever if in doubt keep checking the Answerphone
01388 527527 and web site for updated information .
Update for TUESDAY 12th FEB
have found 2 tow operators so will
be opening up on Tuesday from 10am.
Day members are welcome but please download a day
membership form and
hand it in to a tow operator with the correct day fee and have a great
day. The access road was clear today so should be OK tomorrow but
always pack a shovel just in case.
Update Sunday 10th Feb for
has been some fresh snow in Weardale today and more is forecast this
evening so we are planning
to open up tomorrow (Monday 11 Feb) from 10am.
I am not sure what conditions will be like but by all accounts the
gullies were good fun on F2 on Friday and Saturday and they should be
OK. Cover may be thin on F1 depending on how much snow we get tonight.
We are open to day members tomorrow but please print off the day membership
form from the website as usual and bring it along with the
correct day fee and hand it in to a tow operator before skiing.
Answerphone 01388 527 527
and Web Site for Opening Information.
Its Still Cold !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday 6th Feb 2013
is currently looking very unlikely that we will ski tomorrow (Wednesday
6 Feb) but if you wake up and see snow when you open the curtains then
try the answerphone after 8:30am for the latest information.
I have been informed tonight of the sad news of the death of a former
WSC Chairman, Ramsay Dryden, who many of you will remember. Ramsay has
been ill for a while and I am sure you will all join me in passing on
our condolences to all his family. Ramsay was very involved with the
club in the 1980's and 1990's and his brother Richard informs me that
he still wears his bright Blue and Red ski suit!
Sunday 27th January 2013
Please check with Answerphone regarding opening...With the current
weather forcast we do NOT
anticipate opening today......Just Re-live The Memories of Yesterday
Thursday 24th Jan for Driday 25th
the forcast for Friday we ARE NOT PLANNING TO OPEN FRIDAY.....But we
are planning to open Saturday...Please check all the information
points..Web Site, Answerphone,e-mail etc for opening days &
before you set off on your journey...For some of you have travelled FAR
!!. I believe we had some visitors from Oxford today.
sincerely hope you had a good time . On that note...As part of our
Grant Bid for our new Piste Basher (Is'nt SHE Beautiful !) we had to
try and reflect on how our activities may benifit the local communitee,
B&B's , Pubs etc..So if you have a minute and you have
from far we would love to hear some feed back..
Crossed for the weekend .
Wednesday 23rd January
Big Thanks to James
SNOW REPORT 22nd JANUARY
have just been informed that the snow plough will be coming through
late morning on Wednesday and will plough the top car park so PLEASE DO NOT PARK THERE
until he has been and ploughed it. Please park in the lower car park
and you will need to make sure you have left enough space for the snow
plough to get through otherwise I am informed he will tow the offending
car out! The plough will be travelling from Teesdale across to Weardale
so has no option but to get through.
Back to the slopes !!
has spent the day pisting the slopes and reports masses of snow on some
runs. The M1 has 2 feet of compacted snow on now so no rocks showing
through and the runs down F1 are said to be great especially the run
immediately west of the F1 tow which had over 2 meters of snow on it!.
Please take your cameras and if you get any good photos that you are
happy for the Weardale Gazette to use then please can you send me a
fell and road inspection has taken place today and Mike has also pisted
the runs and reports great conditions. The road has been ploughed but I
am told that the last mile or so is comprised of packed snow so chains
or 4WD will be essential tomorrow.
Although the road has been ploughed the car parking area has not been
ploughed so you will need
to take a shovel and dig in to park.
Please park facing forwards as close to the fence as you can get at a
45 degree angle and ensure you do not block the road. We
are planning to open tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10am. Day
members are welcome but please print off the day membership form from
the skiweardale.com website
and bring it along with the correct payment. Please find a tow operator
(in bright dayglow jackets) and pay before skiing. There will
checks on tickets throughout the day so keep hold of your receipt.
Members can make this process easier by displaying their membership
cards - we have a supply of plastic arm bands to hold them if needed -
just ask one of the tow operators if you want one.
cars tomorrow may be a good idea, especially if you don't have chains
or don't know how to use them. Hitching from the bottom of the road is
generally very easy and most skiers will offer you a lift if they have
space. Another option is to use our facebook site for lift sharing (or
twitter). Stuart Marlow from Whitley Bay is hoping to attend tomorrow
and is keen to get a lift with someone (either from Whitley Bay or
Daddry Shield) so if you can offer him a lif his email address is - email@example.com
you want to see what conditions are like take a look at todays webcam
photo from F2 taken at 13:11. Unfortunately the other camera would not
behave and take a picture.
Update For Week Commencing 21st
we have won the snow lottery. We have had heavy snow all day today in
Weardale with about 12 inches in Stanhope. More snow is forecast
tonight before drying up a bit. There have also been strong winds so
there will be a lot of drifting snow and the access road is likely to
be impassable for Tuesday 22nd so at this moment we are not planning to
run tomorrow. If we can get acess to the slopes we may try and piste
some of the snow for Wednseday when we are planning to open from 10am.
However please check the answerphone before travelling as conditons can
alter very quickly.
to the drifting snow it is quite likely that you will have to dig in to
park so please ensure that you have a good shovel at least in your boot
and if possible try and share lifts.
Keep checking the Answerphone for up to the minute opening
info 01388 527527
Weekend 19th -20th January
Despite missing the major snow fall an excellent weekend was had by
all. Ski Report
...Just a couple of reminders........The
Road - the
trip up to WSC is part of the adventure and the road has claimed many
victims over the years. Today a Freelander got stuck in a ditch when he
tried to pull over to allow someone to pass. Fortunately he was pulled
out and Mark passes his thanks on to those who helped him.This is a not
uncommon scenario and it is often the larger 4wd vehicles that pull
over to allow another car past. The road is very narrow and has few
passing points and the ditch is often hidden by snow so it is always
sensible to reverse one of the cars until you find a gate or farm
entrance where you are guaranteed solid ground. Even the local farmers
wife, who knows the road as well as anyone, ended up with her quad bike
in the ditch last year (with me on the back) much to her husbands
amusement, purely because there was so much snow we could not see where
the road was.
Sorry to harp on about this every year but the parking space is very
limited, even though we extended the parking last year. There are a few
rules to parking that you should have all received when you joined
which should be followed by everyone please. Firstly park at an angle
to the fence as close as possible to avoid blocking the road. DO NOT
REVERSE in as this can cause chaos, especially if cars behind you have
to stop and then can have great difficulty getting going again. Do not
worry about getting stuck, we will not leave you there and there is
always someone that will help you get out if you have problems.
Secondly park close together to maximise the use of the limited space.
Thirdly do not block the fell entrance gate as this is the emergency
vehicles only way onto the fell, and for that matter do not block any
other gates as the farmer needs access to them all. Finally please
ensure you are prepared for the worst and have snow or winter tyres on
as a minimum, snow chains can be bought for as little as £19 from Lidl
I am told and always remember the shovel and a few old blankets.
Unfortunately one person failed to park sensibly today and created a
lot of hassle by blocking the road. This meant that several members
could not get past and had to take long diversions and one car tried to
squeeze past and ended up in a ditch and causing quite a bit of damage
to his car. Attached is a photo of the offending car and there is a
marker post showing the edge of the road. I am told there was plenty of
space behind the car to reverse further. I don't know whose car it was
but please try and be more thoughtful in future.
Reynolds outdoor have some good offers on for some ski equipment at
very good prices - attached is a spreadsheet of skis and boots they
have for sale - if interested please contact them directly.
Update Friday 18th
the heavy snow seems to have missed us so far with only a light
covering so far in Weardale but with the possibility of more later
tonight. It may be enough to freshen up the runs and the ground is
certainly hard enough but if the extra snow is very thin then it may
well get worn quite quickly. We are
planning to open tomorow, Saturday, at 10am so if
you are intending to come up do not leave it too late as we may close
early. Please remember that weekends are for
members only so
please do not turn up and hope to be allowed to ski as a day members.
We will be running regular checks on membership cards so if you can
display your cards on the outside of your jacket that would make life a
lot easier for the tow operators and stop you having to fumble around
the road wont be too bad but always be prepared. It might be worth
checking the webcam in the morning before travelling once it updates at
News...Weardale Ski Club Hits the BIG
you are all set for the heavy downfall of snow that the weathermen have
been going on about for days - I do hope it is not another red herring
like we have had so many times before. If it does arrive then
conditions could be good for the weekend. To wet your appetites Sky TV
dropped in on Wednesday and took some footage of WSC and interviewed a
few of us - it can be watched on http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/53076
pair of dearly loved ski poles were lost on Tuesday by Lyn - blue and
silver with black grips and no straps. She left them by the car park -
if anyone found them please can you let me know. They are 30 years old but
close to her heart I am told!
Wednesday 16th Jan. saw yet another great days skiing up on the Fell..Full Report
We are how-ever not planning to open tomorrow Thursday 17th....Also
please note that come the weekend it is MEMBERS ONLY. We
hate to turn non members away but we also have a commitment to give
quality skiing to our members without totally crowded pistes and huge
lift ques.....It's not all about the money !
BUT...There is a
glimmer of hope for those non members out there. We still have around
50 membership places. They are on a first come first served basis so
don't delay if you would like to JOIN.
report on todays skiing please take a look at our Snow Report Page
important point from today please NO DOGS
ON THE FELL.
is a very important part of our Lease Agreement. As we are sure you are
aware apart from being A Premier English Ski Club. Weardale is also a
working fell with stock out on the hill. It is therefore very important
that NO Dogs are taken onto the hill.
will accept day members tomorrow but as previously stated please print
off the day membership form from the membership
page of the website and
complete it before travelling and bring along the correct money. Please
do not ski until you have seen one of the tow operators (we stand out
in bright orange jackets!).
a positive note, heavy snow is forecast on thursday night and all day
friday with dry weather over the weekend which is looking very
14th January 2013 for Tueaday 15th and the week ahead
New Year to everyone and hope you all had a lovely Christmas even
though we had no snow. Fortunately we are back in favour with the snow
gods and snow has fallen on + off all day today with more forecast
tonight. We are planning to open tomorrow (Tuesday
from about 10 to 10:30am. We are uncertain what the skiing or road
conditions are like so come prepared with snow shovel, snow
tyres/chains etc and take care on the road. We will open to day
members but please print off a day membership form from the website (http://www.skiweardale.com/membership.html)
and complete it before travelling and please bring the correct money.
and cold temperatures are forecast for the foreseeable time spreading
into next week and beyond so we could be in for several days skiing and
currently intend opening on Wednesday
16th January as
well. As always the snow and conditions are variable and it is always
worth checking the answerphone(01388
before travelling and please always anticipate the worst and travel
Update Thursday Evening 6th December
has been a fair bit of snow at Swinhope today and more is forecast
overnight. Unfortunately it has been accompanied by strong winds which
may have blown a lot off and strong winds are forecast tomorrow. At
this time it looks unlikely that we will open for skiing tomorrow but
we will review the situation tomorrow and hopefully we may get some
skiing in this weekend. If the situation changes we will update the
answer phone message. Yad Moss are in a similar situation but I gather
Raise still has good coverage with excellent powder snow reported a day
or two ago. However again gale force winds are predicted there tomorrow
which is likely to hamper any chance of skiing.
better all the time
Snow Alert !!!
is forecast tonight and also Monday but the amount varies depending on
which report you read. We currently have a thin covering but
insufficient for skiing, however the ground is very cold and the
temperature well below freezing so any snow that falls is likely to
hang around. There is an outside possibility of skiing tomorrow or
later in the week so keep an eye on the webcam and if it looks good
check the answerphone (01388
I will try and get emails out if we do open but sometimes it is a last
minute decision and if I am at work then I won't get a message out
until the evening.So far this season, to my knowledge, there has been
no skiing at Yad Moss or Weardale but the Lake District ski club have
had at least 4 or 5 days so far and even managed to get 3 days skiing
in before the Scottish resorts had opened - hopefully we will follow
soon. The long range forecasts are for very low temperatures for at
least the next month or so which looks very promising.
from the membership secretary - all the membership cards have been
posted out with the exception of those who have joined in the last few
days. There have been one or two that seem to have gone astray in the
post so if you have not received yours then please contact Alison firstname.lastname@example.org
November 21st - Membership Reminder
Membership is still open to new members, how-ever with the
flurries of snow we expect remaining availability will very quickly
disappear. Todays top tip..Get in early before they go Please see
details on our membership page.
November 19th - Discounts
A quick reminder that this next weekend (24 + 25 November)
Nevisportand LD Mountain centre in Newcastle are offering WSC members
discount off the RRP of anything in their shops on production of a
valid WSC membership card. Nevisport are offering 20% discount and LD
15%. On top of this both shops offer a 10% discount all year round to
WSC members. Both shops have supported us over the years so if you do
make use of the offer please mention WSC and show your card - you could
save more than it costs to join in the first place! Many other shops
will offer discount if you produce the card and our membership
secretary is liaising with North Face to offer us some discount - watch
November 19th - WSC AMG
The WSC AGM was well attended last week with over 40 members
watching and listening to a fascinating slide presentation by Stuart
Gallagher on his trip to the Antarctic and also a short video by Kevin
Moore on his recent skiing trip to the Arctic circle. Everyone seemed
to like the new format so we hope to reproduce it at next years AGM -
if any member is interested in giving a talk/slide show/film etc please
November 19th - Only 100 Places Left
Membership is nearly full - we have approximately 100 places
before we close. I suspect that will be as soon as we get the first
November 19th - Snow Chains
Have you got your snow tyres on and chains ready yet? The Lake
District ski club has already had 3 days skiing so far before any
official skiing has taken place in Scotland. We nearly had enough to
ski on but cover was deemed too thin. However if you believe the
following Express article - forecasters are predicting the coldest
winter for 100 years - they say that blizzards are expected in the
North with temperatures down to -20 degrees and widespread disruption.
The worst (or best depending on your view) weather is predicted in
December and January but could start as early as this coming weekend
November 19th - Chillfactore Worl Record
Finally for those snowboarders who fancy some early snow there
attempt on a world record at the Chill Factor in Manchester next week
(20 November). You have to be a competent snowboarder (able to do an
ollie!) and details are in the link below -they are still after as many
snowboarders as possible. If any of you do take part please email me
with a report. All the relevant information is available
November 1st - Membership
Membership is now OPEN to new members. Please see details on
our membership page.
October 29th ...Wise Words From Our Leader....
Winter has arrived and the fells of Weardale have already had
couple of light dustings of snow. Time perhaps to think about putting
the winter tyres on and checking the snow chains still work? The slopes
have been prepared for the season and everything is in order for when
we get enough snow to get the skis out. More snow is forecast - my
son's girlfriends sister has a friend in the Met Office which has
forecast a significant dump of snow in the near future so there you
There are only 2 days left for existing members to rejoin
having to pay the late/joining fee and we are filling up fast with
approximately 150 places left before we close membership. We will still
allow day members through the week but weekends are reserved for
members only. If you have procrastinated in rejoining now is the time,
just follow the link to join online
A reminder that the WSC AGM is being held on Tuesday 13th
at 8pm in The Honest Lawyer, Croxdale, Durham DH1 3SP. All members are
welcome to this and we have changed the format to make it more
interesting. The AGM will be kept fairly brief and will be followed by
an excellent slide show and talk by Stuart Gallagher on his recent trip
to Antarctica, a slide show that has already received great acclaim.
Both Nevisport and LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle have agreed
offer members of WSC discount once again and we do really appreciate
their support. They offer 10% discount all year round on production of
a valid WSC membership card and on the weekend 24/25th November
Nevisport will double this to 20% discount and LD to 15%. This can save
a significant amount if you are planning to upgrade your equipment or
clothing but to ensure they keep offering us this discount we must be
seen to be using it so please go that weekend and wave your WSC card
You should all notice several improvements this season. Apart
repairing and maintaining all the equipment, snow fencing, cutting the
grass etc we have installed a second webcam to give you a better idea
of the snow conditions, have upgraded the website which I am sure you
will find a great improvement, have fitted solar panels to try and keep
all our batteries charged up and are in the process of installing a new
composting toilet system in the lodge which has also had a "deep
clean". Thanks to all those who have contributed hours of blood, sweat
and occasionally tears to ensure this work has all been done.
08/10/2012 - 20% OFF Ride Bansko Apartments in Bulgaria
One of our members owns a couple of apartments
in Bansko, Bulgaria. Each apartment sleeps up to 4 people and
Weardale Ski Club members get 20% OFF. Visit www.ridebanskoapartments.com
for more info.
07/10/2012 - Membership
Membership is now OPEN to new members.
Please see details on our membership page.
01/10/2012 - Weardale Ski Club AGM
Weardale Ski Club AGM... Tuesday 13 November at the Honest
Lawyer, Croxdale, Durham
09/09/2012 - Work Party Update
We had a successful work party today with about 15 of us there
managed to get all the hangars put on in preparation for winter, got
the bulk of the pistes mown and a few other small jobs done. The
weather was superb and the ground finally has dried out a little. There
is still a lot to be done and the work planned for the next work party
includes 1, Bricklaying around the base of the new garage 2, Rush
cutting 3, More grass cutting 4, Snow fence repairs 5, Repairing the
Rolba track 6, Preparing the lodge for the new toilets. There are many
other jobs also needed to be done so if you feel that you can help out
with any of the above please come and join us.
09/09/2012 - Silksworth Ski Slope
Sunderland snow sports centre at Silksworth have currently got
promotions on. Check their Web Site. They also are doing a ski and
board service for £10....grind,edge and wax
09/09/2012 - Skiing in Bulgaria
One of our members who wrote an article in our newsletter
skiing and boarding in Bulgaria has asked me to recommend this as a
reasonably priced holiday and suggests looking at the link below. Could
be an option for a cheapish main holiday or perhaps for that last
minute second trip! http://www.balkanholidays.co.uk/winter_ski_holidays
08/09/2012 - Work Parties
Work parties are planned for Sunday 9th September (Tomorrow),
23rd September and Wednesday 26th September and there is lots of work
to be done (some semi-skilled and some simple manual work - fence
repairs, drainage, stone-picking etc). Anyone with mechanical skills
would be especially useful as there is work to be done repairing the
tracked vehicle amongst other machinery. Carpentry skills will also be
useful as we are preparing the lodge to install a new toilet system.
04/12/2011 - Ski & Snowboard Helmets
Helmets seem to be being used by more and more skiers and
and if you want to try a basic helmet that won't break the bank Decathlon are selling some for @ £20
- I cannot vouch for them and I believe Aldi also had some pretty cheap
helmets in recently.
04/12/2011 - Ski & Snowboard Helmets
Helmets seem to be being used by more and more skiers and
and if you want to try a basic helmet that won't break the bank Decathlon are selling some for @ £20
- I cannot vouch for them and I believe Aldi also had some pretty cheap
helmets in recently.
01/12/2011 - Weardale Membership Renewal
I am pleased to say that membership is now 4 short of closing
the end of this week we will be full for the year. Thanks to all those
who have joined, both new members and longstanding members who have
supported us for years. Lets hope you get great value for you
membership fee this year. 2 days skiing and it has paid for itself.
Remember however that the snow doesn't generally last long when it
arrives so make the most of it when it does and get your kit prepared
in advance. I have to repeat the age old reminder about snow chains or
snow tyres if conditions require them and the need to pack a shovel and
dig in at an angle to the fence and not to block any gates, especially
the one by the car parking. I know many of you will have heard the same
message for years but for those newer members it is very important for
all our safety and enjoyment