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Location: snowHeadLand
Resort: Raise, Lake District, Cumbria

Country: England

Domain: Helvellyn Massif


Access : Within day range of Manchester, Newcastle, Durham, Southern Scotland and North West Yorkshire.
M6 to Penrith then A66/A592 to Glenridding. Take the mountain road up to Greenside Lead Mine. Park in the Ski Club car park (must be a member of the Club see below). Walk for 1hr up to hut at 750m asl.

Lift system : One Montaz Mautino fixed grip button lift. length 350m. Rise 100m

The Runs : Moderately steep North east facing open gulley. Two main runs and at least 5 other runs (in good conditions). Slope Cambers to East - Left turners preferred !. Run length from 350m to 600m.

The snow : Variable record. 15 feet to 1.5 inches. Ice to wind packed powder. Usually in excess of 15 skiable days per season (More than 21 during 2006). Expect to get at least 5 reasonable weekend days between end of November and mid April.
Off-piste/Touring lots of possibilities in good conditions. Good touring on the Dodds to the north. Extreme skiing on Helvellyn to the south. Long decents possible to Greenside Mine and down towards Thirlspot.

The resort : Glenridding is a charming Lakeside Victorian resort and former lead mining village. Good eating places and one outdoor shop. Ambleside – outdoor retail Mecca - 25 minutes away.

Food : Bring your own but don’t forget your mug and teabags. There is an electric kettle and the spring water is highly recommended. Gluhwein making facilities available for special occasions.

Accommodation : Hotels, B&Bs, Hostels, Camp Sites and Friends Second Homes available nearby. Excellent Après Ski at the Travellers Rest.

Lift Pass: Must join the club for compulsory insurance. 2006 membership = £23. Season ticket = £17 or day ticket £5

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